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microorganisms Soil is a medium that thrives with life
Feb 15 2009

The JRC hosts a symposium on soil biodiversity today, 15 February, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The session presented an overview of current understanding in the field and attempt to explain the various pressures "life in our soils" is currently under, with an analysis of recent developments that have enhanced our understanding of this crucial, yet unknown ecosystem. The challenges faced by the research community in its support for the sustainable use of this critical, non-renewable natural resource will also be addressed.

Morphological Spatial Pattern Analysis (25m, year 2000) in Google Earth near Vienna, Austria Morphological Spatial Pattern Analysis (25m, year 2000) in Google Earth near Vienna, Austria
Feb 15 2009

As a result of transatlantic cooperation in the field of environmental mapping technologies, a powerful pattern recognition programme developed by researchers at the JRC is being adopted by specialists in a number of U.S. federal agencies including the U.S. Department for Agriculture’s Forest Service and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Power lines (credit: Nick Benjaminsz) Power lines
©credit: Nick Benjaminsz
Feb 14 2009

Today, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, JRC Director-General Roland Schenkel gave a presentation as part of a symposium entitled "Keeping the Lights on: The revival of Nuclear Energy".

Soil Soil
Feb 14 2009

Today, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, the JRC releases a new report entitled "Addressing soil degradation in EU agriculture: relevant processes, practices and policies".

The principle of alpha-immunotherapy treatment of HIV (click on image to see complete diagram) The principle of alpha-immunotherapy treatment of HIV (click on image to see complete diagram)
©EC (2007)
Feb 14 2009

Today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, Ekaterina Dadachova of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York gave a topical lecture on "Novel approaches to the therapy of infectious diseases", detailing the results of a joint project with scientists at the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) on the use of alpha-immunotherapy as a new option for the treatment of HIV infections.

Sectoral Final Energy Savings compared to Baseline Sectoral Final Energy Savings compared to Baseline
©JRC-IPTS, POLES
Feb 13 2009

The report "Economic assessment of post-2012 global climate policies", published today by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) presents in detail the economic estimations upon which the recently released Commission Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen" is based.

flame retardants are used in many products, including computers flame retardants are used in many products, including computers
©Getty images
Feb 11 2009

The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released two new certified reference materials (CRMs) to help analytical laboratories better detect two classes of flame retardants banned under EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electronics and electrical equipment (Directive 2002/95/EC).

JRC Director General Roland Schenkel and ENEA President Luigi Paganetto JRC Director General Roland Schenkel and ENEA President Luigi Paganetto
Feb 02 2009

A delegation from the JRC, led by its Director-General Roland Schenkel, visited the principal research centre of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) in Casaccia, near Rome on 30 January 2009. The visit follows that of a large delegation from ENEA to the JRC in Ispra on 11 September 2008.

Ice floes near Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska Towards a global pact on climate change
©Paul Caputo (stock.xchng)
Jan 28 2009

The European Commission today presented its Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen". The Communication represents its latest proposals ahead of the December 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The agreement in Copenhagen should be the basis for further international action on climate change, following on from the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period, which ends in 2012.

map of Europe with spatial information INSPIRE: Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe
Jan 28 2009

The JRC and the government of Bulgaria, represented by the State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (SAITC), today announce the establishment of an organisational framework is support of a new territorial management system in Bulgaria. The application of the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) Directive will strengthen territorial management policies in Bulgaria and will make environmental information more accessible to citizens, stakeholders and decision-makers.

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