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Even with very strong efforts from countries, carbon emissions look set to go beyond the level needed to limit global warming to 1.5 °C
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Jul 04 2018
The JRC contributes to a growing body of evidence showing the need for ramped up climate action to limit global warming’
JRC's World Atlas of Desertification shows land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures.
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Jun 21 2018
A new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification; a tool for decision makers to improve local responses to soil loss and land degradation.
The Annual Report looks back on a successful year for the JRC
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Jun 07 2018
As the JRC releases its Annual Report for 2017, newly-proposed Horizon Europe research and innovation funding will ensure it continues its role as the European Commission’s science and knowledge service.
The water shortage in Cape Town and Southern Africa is indicative of more long-term weather patterns.
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May 29 2018
Scientists analyse Southern African weather patterns, helping policymakers plan actions to minimise the impact of water shortages.
Europe on the move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility
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May 17 2018

On 17 May 2018 the European Commission introduced a package of measures addressing transport safety, connected and automated mobility, and clean mobility.

The package includes a proposal for CO2 emissions standards for lorries, seeking to reconcile the ambition of world-leading environmental standards with increasing the competitiveness of the European heavy duty vehicle manufacturing industry to secure jobs and growth.

London, Paris, Berlin, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Tenerife, Rome, Prague, Vienna and Palma de Mallorca are busiest tourist destinations in European Commission
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Apr 17 2018

JRC scientists have mapped tourism hotspots in Europe for all four seasons and created an index on the estimated vulnerability of regions to shocks in the tourism sector.

With travel becoming easier and less expensive, tourism has become an important economic sector in the European Union. In 2016, the EU had an estimated 40.5% market share of global international tourist arrivals.

Wetlands and other natural infrastructure can perform even better than man-made alternatives for water purification and flood protection.
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Mar 22 2018
JRC research shows how important natural solutions are in managing resources effectively, securing access to clean water and reducing floods, droughts and pollution.
Global warming is facilitating the spread of arboviruses worldwide
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Mar 16 2018
Global warming has allowed disease-bearing insects to proliferate, increasing exposure to viral infections.
European fires are set to increase in size and scope, putting lives and livelihoods at risk
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Mar 07 2018
Adapting our land use and mitigating the effects of climate change are key to minimising fire danger in Europe
Soils can offset greenhouse gas emissions, but use of fertilisers can lead to increased N2O emissions from soil
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Mar 06 2018

A study just published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Nature Climate Change shows that soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases through increased storage of organic carbon.

However, unless the use of fertilisers is adjusted to balance additional nitrogen inputs, any climate change mitigation benefit may be offset through higher nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from soil.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stabilise it in the soil.

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