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Acute hunger still affecting over 100 million people worldwide according to the latest Global Report on Food Crises
Acute hunger still affecting over 100 million people worldwide according to the latest Global Report on Food Crises
Apr 02 2019

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance in 2018, according to a new report published today in Brussels.

The study urges to limit global warmingand to foster rapid socioeconomic development  especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the most vulnerable populations are located
The study urges to limit global warmingand to foster rapid socioeconomic development especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the most vulnerable populations are located
Jan 31 2019

Developing countries will be the worst hit by heatwaves caused by global warming. Heatwave risk and socioeconomic impacts will be significantly reduced for both developing and developed countries if global warming is limited to below 1.5°C.

In 2017, 1 in 9 people in the world were undernourished.
In 2017, 1 in 9 people in the world were undernourished.
Nov 28 2018
The new centre, bringing together experts and knowledge from different sources inside and outside the European Commission, will help to tackle the root causes of food insecurity around the world.
Most bumblebee species are currently located in central Europe
Most bumblebee species are currently located in central Europe
Oct 17 2018
Scientists have mapped the distribution of bumblebees in Europe and created a predictive map that can be used to monitor and mitigate bumblebee decline.
According to the JRC, the global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing
According to the JRC, the global seafood consumption has more than doubled in the past 50 years, putting stress on the sustainability of fishing
Sep 27 2018
JRC scientists have examined the impact of seafood supply chains across national boundaries - the global seafood consumption footprint.
JRC contributes to UN report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world
JRC contributes to UN report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world
Sep 11 2018

On 11 September 2018, the United Nations released its 2018 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

The second part of the report uses JRC research to establish a link between climate variability, food security and nutrition .

Number of undernourished people on the rise, partly due to climate trends

According to the report, in 2017 the number of undernourished people increased for the second year in a row, to 821 million, after decreasing for more than 10 years previously.

Global Report on Food Crises finds that in 2017 major famines were partly averted but food security remains critical
Mar 22 2018

The Global Report on Food Crises, presented on 22 March 2018 in Rome, indicates that major risks of famine were averted in 2017 in the four countries that were declared at risk in early 2017: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and North Nigeria.

However, it also highlights the severity and the complexity of food crises around the world.

Soils can offset greenhouse gas emissions, but use of fertilisers can lead to increased N2O emissions from soil
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.

Soil erosion affects over 12 million hectares of land in the EU
Feb 27 2018

Soil erosion costs European countries €1.25 billion in annual agricultural productivity loss and €155 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) loss, according to a JRC new study.

Soil erosion is the biggest threat to soil fertility and productivity, but the consequences do not stop there.

A recent JRC study combined biophysical and macroeconomic models to determine direct and macroeconomic costs of soil erosion, and the results are striking. 

Several new soil parameters will be measured in the next soil survey
Jan 05 2018
The JRC is ready to carry out the most comprehensive assessment of soil biodiversity across the continent.

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