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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
On 27 April 2017, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication – the first of its kind – shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities.
Marine litter is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities. Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas.
The water used to produce food available in urban areas generally doesn’t make it into city sustainability estimates, which only take into account direct water use and parameters such as waste collection and energy efficiency of buildings.
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.