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The report presents lessons learnt on disaster preparedness from non-nuclear emergencies The report presents lessons learnt on disaster preparedness from non-nuclear emergencies
©OECD, 2018
Jan 17 2018
The JRC joins forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assess similarities in emergency preparedness and response across sectors, identify lessons learned and set out good practices for the nuclear sector.
Asian elephants moving through the Kaziranga National Park, India Asian elephants moving through the Kaziranga National Park, India
©G. Dubois, 2018
Jan 17 2018
The JRC has measured progress and shortfalls in the connectivity of protected areas in countries across the world, identifying the main priorities to sustain or improve connectivity in each country.
High performance magnets used in many applications from electric vehicles to IT equipment contain rare earth elements such as Neodymium High performance magnets used in many applications from electric vehicles to IT equipment contain rare earth elements such as Neodymium
©Adobe stock © nikolayn
Jan 16 2018
Critical raw materials are not used to their full extent as part of the circular economy and there are several improvement opportunities to reuse and recycle these materials.
The map shows a global visualisation of travel time to the city with the shortest associated journey The map shows a global visualisation of travel time to the city with the shortest associated journey
©2018 OpenStreetMap contributors, creative commons attribution 4.0
Jan 12 2018
A team of researchers have mapped urban accessibility worldwide to support global and local decision-making on development and environmental policies.
In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112 - Europe's single emergency number. In the event of a serious accident, eCall automatically dials 112
©EU, 2017
Jan 10 2018
The JRC and the GSA have released guidelines to ensure that automatic 112 call devices (eCall) meet compatibility and performance requirements ahead of their compulsory installation in all new cars and vans from the end of March 2018.
Several new soil parameters will be measured in the next soil survey Several new soil parameters will be measured in the next soil survey
©279photo AdobeStock
Jan 05 2018
The JRC is ready to carry out the most comprehensive assessment of soil biodiversity across the continent.
Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology has wide-ranging implications for the education sector Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology has wide-ranging implications for the education sector
©European Union, 2017
Jan 04 2018
Blockchain technology can help improve old models of data management and bring benefits to learners and educational institutions in the EU - if policymakers are well prepared to embrace the change.
Grid power lines Different natural hazards impact the grid in different ways
©Fotolia, Ania 2017
Jan 04 2018

Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts can trigger accidents and bring economic activity to a halt.

Hydrozoan polyps living on coral surface. Credit: S. Montano, Milan-Bicocca University Hydrozoan polyps living on coral surface. Credit: S. Montano, Milan-Bicocca University
©EU 2017
Dec 22 2017

Corals may have unexpected allies in improving their health and resilience.

In a new study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society, the scientists show how tiny hydrozoans, polyps smaller than one millimeter and commonly found in dense colonies on the surface of hard corals, may play a role in keeping corals safe and healthy.

chemical plant Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced with already existing technologies
©Fotolia, Chad McDermott
Dec 21 2017

The chemical sector has a big role to play in tackling climate change and achieving EU energy targets. The wide scale use of existing and - in particular - emerging innovative energy technologies can bring big emissions savings to the sector.

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