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JRC fisheries experts will continue to support the process to enable sustainable fisheries in the Arctic in the future JRC fisheries experts will continue to support the process to enable sustainable fisheries in the Arctic in the future
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Dec 07 2017
The European Union and nine nations have reached an international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas.
Flying bird with plastic in the mouth The most visible effect of pollution on marine organisms is the entanglement of wildlife in marine litter.
©birdimagency.com H. Gladier
Mar 17 2017
Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new JRC report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact.
The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region. The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region.
©Fotolia, Eunika Sopotnicka
Feb 06 2017

JRC scientists evaluated sources of air pollutants in the Danube macro-region, a necessary step for the design of action plans to improve air quality. The study showed residential heating contributed up to 35% of PM2.5 pollution in the main cities in the Danube macro-region, followed by agriculture (up to 32%), energy production and industry (up to 30%) and transport (up to 25%).

A red ladybird on a green leaf When protected areas are well connected, animal species can move from one protected site to another.
©EU, 2017 photo credit: A Kontou
Jan 31 2017
A new indicator enables, for the first time, the measurement of progress towards meeting the UN connectivity target for protected areas.
A large shoal of fish in the ocean Fish supply is just one of the essential ecosystem services provided by seas.
©Fotolia, Richard Carey
Oct 05 2016
A recent Scientific Reports article proposes a new approach to assessing the use and supply of marine ecosystem services, which could provide effective support for Blue Growth and European maritime policies.
Fish in sea Species in long-time stable systems, such as rainforests and coral reefs, could be those least prepared to face the new challenges posed by global change.
©EU, credit: D.Guizzardi
Aug 11 2016

Global change will strike the oldest and most complex ecosystems of the world hardest, regardless of their past stability. This alarming finding is reported in a JRC-led article published in Nature Communications today.

Urban policies increasingly use urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in their planning process. Urban policies increasingly use urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in their planning process.
©Simone Manfredi
Aug 02 2016

Scientific knowledge of urban ecosystems can support urban planning at different stages of policy and for various spatial scales; hence it can help policy-making for sustainable cities, a pilot study shows. It has produced a harmonised indicator framework which can be applied to other cities.

Two men on a ship placing an optical instrument into the sea Deployment of an optical instrument package during the second leg of the Black Sea campaign.
©EU, 2016
Jun 22 2016

A major oceanographic campaign underway in the Black Sea will allow scientists to thoroughly examine the biological and optical features of a marine region of utmost political and economic importance that is highly influenced by the inflow of the Danube river.

Arctic icecaps and icebergs The JRC has been involved in various strands of research on Arctic-related topics.
©Fotolia, Incredible Arctic
Apr 27 2016

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.

Forest landscape with a lake in the foreground and snow-capped mountain in the background Science plays an important role in informing European policies to meet the sustainability challenge.
©Fotolia, Dario
Feb 04 2016

Science plays an important role in informing European policies to meet the sustainability challenge and is also becoming increasingly relevant for better regulation, implementation and monitoring of EU policies.

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