JRC News

  1. 16 Feb 2015

    Rainfall is more likely to cause soil erosion in the Mediterranean and Alpine regions than in Northern Europe.  This becomes evident from a new set of data that the JRC has collected on the erosive force of rainfall in different parts of Europe.

  2. 5 Dec 2014

    Today, 5 December, is World Soil Day, which celebrates the importance of soil as a vital contributor to ecosystems' functioning, food, water and energy security, and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. World Soil Day aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness of their importance in our lives.

  3. 26 Feb 2014

    The JRC has recently published a report presenting the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. It aims to support the EU Soil Thematic Strategy.

  4. 14 Feb 2014

    The first ever comprehensive overview of the soils of Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinated by the JRC, was presented today at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago.

    This is the latest in a series of JRC soil atlases and the result of a fruitful collaboration with leading soil scientists in Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It explains and highlights the importance of soil, a precious non-renewable resource which provides food, fodder and fuel for 580 million people.

  5. 17 Dec 2013

    The JRC developed a modelling platform to estimate organic carbon stock in European agricultural soils and presented its outcome in the Global Change Biology journal. The platform could serve as a tool to carry out scenario analyses for developing and monitoring European climate change effects and agricultural policies.

  6. 3 Sep 2013

    A first step has been taken in identifying areas in Europe where soil biodiversity is most under pressure. A JRC co-authored article states that in 56% of EU territory there is a varying degree of potential threats, with intense land exploitation estimated as the main pressure on soil biodiversity.

  7. 30 Apr 2013

    A study on the mobility of actinides in peat carried out by JRC scientists and partners revealed plutonium has migrated downwards to a much larger extent than uranium reaching layers corresponding to the pre-nuclear age. The analysed peat core was collected from an undisturbed ombrotrophic peat bog, receiving water only from atmospheric precipitation. It represents an excellent sample for the investigation of radionuclides from stratospheric weapon tests fallout. The results are important to evaluate the risks associated with other kinds of nuclear contamination, like those of nuclear accidents or releases from nuclear facilities and nuclear waste disposal repositories.

  8. 26 Apr 2013

    A 'hot off the press' copy of the Soil Atlas of Africa, coordinated by the JRC, was presented today by European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard at the meeting between the European Commission and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa. For the first time ever, this atlas collects vital information on African soils and highlights the importance of this non-renewable resource.  With its stunning full colour maps and illustrations, it explains in a comprehensible and visually appealing way the diversity of soil across the African continent and explains why it is so important to preserve this precious resource.

  9. 21 Mar 2013

    More than 130 participants from various scientific organisations from the Danube region meet today and tomorrow to discuss their possible contribution to the JRC initiative on scientific support to the Danube strategy.

  10. 13 Nov 2012

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) organised an interlaboratory comparison (ILC) for the determination of 15 natural and anthropogenic radionuclides in soil. A report describing in detail all the phases of this exercise has just been published.