JRC News

  1. 27 Feb 2013

    Forest fragmentation is the process of breaking up forest area into individual patches leading to an increase in forest edge length and to isolation of forest fragments. In Europe, this is mainly caused by human activities such as clearing for roads, agriculture and urban settlements or forest fires.

  2. 15 Feb 2009

    The JRC hosts a symposium on soil biodiversity today, 15 February, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The session presented an overview of current understanding in the field and attempt to explain the various pressures "life in our soils" is currently under, with an analysis of recent developments that have enhanced our understanding of this crucial, yet unknown ecosystem. The challenges faced by the research community in its support for the sustainable use of this critical, non-renewable natural resource will also be addressed.

  3. 23 May 2008

    On the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability have organised a public awareness event on soil biodiverity.

  4. 27 Sep 2013

    With the close cooperation of the US mission to the EU, the JRC organised a high-level meeting on Thursday 26 September in order to examine the scientific potential to support eco-industries and technologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

  5. 5 Mar 2012

    Low level deforestation and efforts to protect land and habitat have made the Congo basin forest – the world’s second largest - a possible role model for the preservation of other tropical forest regions. The findings were published in a report co-authored by the JRC and launched at the Annual meeting of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) on 1st March 2012 in Douala, Cameroon.

  6. 22 Apr 2015

    The Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April since 1970, is marked around the globe with initiatives and events on environmental protection. This week the JRC presents its work on soil, which is critical to life on Earth.

  7. 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.

  8. 14 Oct 2013

    A recent article by JRC scientists published in the journal Land has mapped and assessed the pollination potential for food crops at European scale. This helps estimate the contribution of wild pollinator insects to crop production and identify landscape areas in Europe with a deficit in potential pollination. Assessing large-scale patterns of the availability of pollination services and identifying potential mismatches with the demand of agricultural crops could be used in EU and national agricultural and biodiversity policies.

  9. 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.

  10. 10 Jan 2013

    According to a JRC co-authored article published today in Nature Scientific Reports, the shark and ray communities in the Adriatic Sea have been highly depleted in recent years, with fishing being a key driver of the decline.