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The JRC’s yearly forest fires report shows a trend towards longer fire seasons, putting pressure on the environment and livelihoods The JRC’s yearly forest fires report shows a trend towards longer fire seasons, putting pressure on the environment and livelihoods
©MAPAMA, 2016
Oct 16 2017

The JRC’s annual forest fires report confirms a trend towards longer and more intense fire seasons in Europe and neighbouring regions, with wildfires now occurring throughout the year. The report coincides with an international study which finds that global wildfire trends could have significant health implications due to rising harmful emissions.

The JRC’s new tool will help countries to take action ahead of time in order to prevent the worst impacts of floods. The JRC’s new tool will help countries to take action ahead of time in order to prevent the worst impacts of floods.
©European Union, 2017
Sep 21 2017
A new tool developed by the JRC will help emergency authorities prevent the worst impacts of floods, by calculating flood hazard and risk dynamically and displaying the potential consequences in near real-time.
Amatrice on 24 August 2016 after the earthquake Amatrice on 24 August 2016 after the earthquake
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May 24 2017

One out of three people in the world is exposed to earthquakes, a number which almost doubled in the past 40 years. Around 1 billion in 155 countries are exposed to floods and 414 million live near one of the 220 most dangerous volcanoes. The 2017 edition of the JRC Atlas of the Human Planet looks at the exposure of people and built-up areas to the six major natural hazards, and its evolution over the last 40 years.

Better integration of knowledge and science into policy helps save lives Better integration of knowledge and science into policy helps save lives
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May 23 2017

Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. How much do we know about them? And how can we use that knowledge to save lives and money? A recent report, compiled by the European Commission's Science and Knowledge Service (JRC), seeks to answer these and other questions and to help prepare for the time when disaster strikes.

Sand bags against doorways during flooding Global temperature increase should be kept below 2˚C to limit flood risk.
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Jan 27 2017
If global temperatures rise by 4°C, the flood risk in countries representing more than 70% of the global population and of the global GDP will increase by more than 500%.
Map of the world showing puple spikes in areas of urban growth The new data platform enables to analyse the growth of built-up areas and population globally over the past 40 years. Map shown is for 2015.
©EU, 2016
Oct 18 2016
The Global Human Settlement Layer was launched at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
Amatrice as of 25 August: red shows destroyed buildings, orange highly damaged. Amatrice as of 25 August: red shows destroyed buildings, orange highly damaged.
©EU, 2016
Aug 30 2016
The maps were produced by the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) Mapping, at request of the Italian authorities to support a preliminary assessment of the damage.
A section of a forest on fire Very high or extreme fire danger is forecasted for this week in southern Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
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Aug 16 2016
The situation has been dramatic in several EU countries over the past week, with major fire events in Portugal, Spain and southern France.
World Humanitarian Summit logo The UN convenes the summit in response to an unprecedented increase of people affected by conflict and natural disaster.
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May 23 2016

The EU’s commitments to address the greatest humanitarian crises of our time will be supported by a series of Commission tools and platforms, some of which were developed by the JRC or in cooperation with partner organisations.

Cows next to a groundwater lake in an African landscape The JRC contribution was framed in the Memorandum of Understanding between EU, represented by the Delegation to Ethiopia, and UNICEF signed in February 2016.
©Fotolia, Shaun Colin Bell
May 20 2016

Satellite images of the worst affected districts, due to El Niño-induced drought, are being used to locate deep water and organise drilling of wells.

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