JRC News

  1. 5 May 2009

    Scientists, engineers, policy-makers and industry representatives from around the world are gathering in Stresa, Italy, for the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE). Jointly organised by the JRC and the International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment (Tucson, USA), the conference will focus on the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing our environment and natural resources.

  2. 25 May 2009

    Published today, the latest results from a joint project of the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) – called the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research or "EDGAR" – show that global man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased 15% between 2000 and 2005, representing a sharp jump in the rate of emissions growth, which was 3% for the period 1990-1995 and 6% between 1995 and 2000. Global annual emissions of greenhouse gases increased from 24 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents in 1970 to 33 billion tonnes in 1990 and 41 billion in 2005. A total of 560 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases were released into the atmosphere between 1990 (the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol) and 2005.

  3. 14 Jun 2010

    On 10 June, a collaboration agreement between the JRC and the NORMAN association (Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants) was signed in Stresa, Italy to improve coordination of research on "emerging pollutants". The signing took place at the joint JRC-NORMAN workshop on river-basin specific pollutants in the context of the European Water Framework Directive.

  4. 28 Jun 2010

    The annual report 2009 of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the new brochure of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), ‘Science for the environment’, are now available.

  5. 12 Aug 2010

    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has established 15 Reference Centres worldwide on the basis of their recognised experience in desertification and land degradation issues. This is done in order to implement country reporting guidelines and development activities for a new indicator-based monitoring and assessment process at regional, sub-regional and national levels. The DESERT Action at the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) was nominated as one of these Reference Centres. As such, it provides assistance to the countries of the UNCCD regional annexes for the Northern Mediterranean (Annex IV), Central and Eastern Europe (Annex V) and other affected country Parties (e.g. USA, Canada, Hungary).

  6. 14 Oct 2010

    Real time maps of air, ground and water pollution can now be made available to everyone thanks to the EU-funded research project INTAMAP. The INTAMAP project has developed open specifications software to draw up contour maps that not only show the exact location of polluted areas but also illustrate where pollution is coming from and where it is headed. Scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) participated in the scientific coordination of the project and assessed the potential of the system for mapping radioactivity in the environment in real time, as a case study for emergency conditions.

  7. 14 Sep 2012

    The JRC holds an information day today in Luxembourg focused on four topics of common interest: ICT security, water and agricultural resources management, financial stability and innovation policy.

  8. 8 Nov 2012

    Financial stability is a sine qua non to maximise the benefits of the internal market and generate growth and jobs. To restore confidence among depositors and investors, targeted reforms are necessary to create more transparent and better governed financial institutions.

  9. 18 Jan 2013

    A study co-authored by the JRC published today in Science advocates a global, harmonised observation system for delivering regular and timely data on biodiversity change. It discusses a basis for worldwide monitoring to support the implementation of agreed international biodiversity goals, i.e. to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss and to prevent dangerous changes in biodiversity.

  10. 25 Jan 2013

    The European Commission publishes annually the Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income in the EU. The latest issue, recently published, projects the trends for major EU agricultural commodity markets until 2022.