JRC News

  1. 7 Oct 2013

    Examples and strategies for a successful choice and combination of agricultural measures to implement the 2000 Water Framework Directive (WFD) – which commits EU Member States to achieving good status of all water bodies by 2015 – are provided in the JRC's recently published report 'River Basin Network on Water Framework Directive and Agriculture'. Within the framework of the WFD's Common Implementation Strategy, the Pilot Rivers Basins network, coordinated by the JRC, was set up to provide feedback on practical implementation issues.

  2. 4 Jul 2013

    This year's total cereal production in the EU-27 is forecast to be well above 2012 levels and above average compared with the past five years, in spite of the unusually prolonged winter for western and central Europe and heavy rainfall in May and June. This forecast is based on JRC analyses (with data up to 10 June 2013), using an advanced crop yield forecasting system. It provides yield estimates for the main crops throughout the EU and identifies the areas most affected by stress conditions.

  3. 26 Aug 2014

    The European Commission adopted a new strategy and action plan to improve customs risk management, responding to the need for better knowledge on cargo movements and supply chains. In this effort, the JRC provides scientific and technical support by evaluating the potential benefits of integrating information on shipping container movements and events in pre-arrival customs risk analysis.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 31 Jan 2013

    According to the results of the new JRC report "A European map of living forest biomass and carbon stock" , the total carbon stock in European forests amounts to approximately 9 900 million tonnes, which is equivalent to the total amount of CO2 emitted by the whole EU in approximately 9 years.

  7. 2 Oct 2013

    A JRC co-authored report outlining a framework for better understanding of the world's biodiversity was released today. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook (GBIO) report, compiled by 17 international contributing authors, describes a framework for using the latest communication technologies to share information on biodiversity on a global scale.

  8. 10 Jul 2013

    A more widespread use of genomic methods could facilitate assessing the environmental state of marine waters, according to a JRC co-authored paper in the Marine Pollution Bulletin. Genomics is the science that uses nucleotide sequences (DNA or RNA) to analyse biological systems and several genomic approaches – such as DNA barcoding or metagenomics – can lead to more reliable taxonomic identification and faster monitoring results.

  9. 13 Mar 2013

    Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock represent between 12 and 17% of the EU's global emissions (2007 data). A recently published study, co-authored by the JRC, looks at the production and consumption of livestock products, focusing particularly on the beef and dairy sectors. Results show that livestock emissions in the EU could be mitigated by up to 60% (around 377 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent), particularly by reducing consumption of animal products, minimising food waste and by producing beef and dairy on grassland instead of using intensive grain-fed production.

  10. 9 Feb 2015

    A recent JRC report finds that EU Member States will face some challenges in meeting the new reporting and accounting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector, both under the Kyoto Protocol and under recent EU legislation.