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Global gridded CO2 emissions in the year 2005 Global gridded CO2 emissions in the year 2005
Dec 12 2008

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in PoznaD closes today, 12 December. In the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the event is a milestone for international processes launched under the Bali Road Map marking the beginning of negotiations on strengthened international action on climate change and set to conclude at the 'COP 15' meeting in Copenhagen next year.

Energaïa 2008: Exhibition area Energaïa 2008: Exhibition area
Dec 12 2008

The JRC is presenting its activities at the Renewable Energies Fair Energaïa, taking place in Montpellier, France, from 10-12 December 2008. This annual international trade fair and stakeholder conference,where up to 20,000 participants are expected, covers the field of renewable energies from policy-making and market trends to practical tips on how to install solar panels and wood pellet stoves.

photovoltaic panel Production of solar panels continues to increase
Dec 11 2008

The latest Photovoltaics Status Report, released today by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), shows a continued increase in the yearly growth rate of solar photovoltaic production, averaging 40% over five years and peaking at 60% in 2007. The current world electricity production from photovoltaic systems is approximately 10 billion KWh, of which half comes from the EU. Solar energy still accounts for only 0.2% of total electricity consumption in Europe. Nevertheless, the net effect is 4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 being released.

pigs in a stable
Dec 09 2008

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) recently discovered in pork and animal feed in Ireland have triggered a recall by Irish authorities of all domestically produced pork products from the market. As the situation unfolds, the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is on hand to provide Member States' laboratories with certified reference materials to ensure the accurate detection and quantification of dioxins and PCBs in food.

finger pointing at nuclide chart 50 years of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart
Dec 09 2008

The Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, a form of extended periodic table of the elements that displays all known atoms of any element and their radioactive data, is 50 years old today. To celebrate the occasion, the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe is hosting selected guests including Members of European Parliament, politicians and Nobel prizes laureates, for a discussion of its history and use since its creation in 1958. The event will also serve as the launch of a book specially prepared for the chart's anniversary.

pv module Photovoltaics: one of many promising avenues for renewable energies
Dec 05 2008

JRC scientist Arnulf Jäger-Waldau of the Institute for Energy (IE) was this week named as lead Author for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. More than two hundred experts from around the world have been selected to participate in the preparation of the report and Mr Jäger-Waldau's selection as lead author can be considered recognition of his expertise in the field.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Dec 01 2008

The second edition (October-November) of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. You can also receive a monthly e-mail alert to new issues of the newsletter by subscribing to the JRC's electronic mailing lists.

figure stepping onto notebook Using ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all
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Nov 27 2008

The European Commission has adopted a staff working document entitled "The use of ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all - A report on progress", that describes how e-learning has developed in Europe since the year 2000 and assesses the impact of ICT on schools and higher education.

pc hardware Report: Mapping R&D investment by the European ICT business sector
©Carl Silver (stock.xchng)
Nov 25 2008

The JRC has published a new Reference Report today, 25 November 2008, to coincide with Europe's biggest research event for information and communication technologies, ICT 2008. The report, "Mapping R&D Investment by the European ICT Business Sector" provides European business and policy decision-makers with the first comprehensive overview of available data on European ICT industry R&D spending.

University ranking: the best approach is yet to be found University ranking: the best approach is yet to be found
©Yaroslav B (stock.xchng)
Nov 24 2008

The Academic Ranking of World Universities carried out annually by Shanghai's Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has become a reference for scholars and policy makers in the field of higher education. However, a recent study by the JRC has cast doubt on the substance of statistics upon which the ranking is based. The study, carried out by researchers at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL) and published in September, asks whether the Jiao Tong ranking serves its intended purpose and compares it with the most widely cited European alternative, Britain's The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).