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Container storage A total of 67% of surveyed European companies use exclusively the euro for export invoicing
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Feb 23 2016

A JRC study shows that there are no systemic barriers to using the euro in international trade. However, for historic reasons some sectors, such as oil or aviation, traditionally invoice in US dollars.

Commissioner Navracsics speaks at the launch of the BIAP European Report 2016. Commissioner Navracsics speaks at the launch of the BIAP European Report 2016.
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Feb 22 2016

A new JRC report presents, for the first time, a wealth of policy interventions informed by behavioural insights in 32 European countries and calls for greater exchange of practice.

An African woman collecting water with four donkeys carrying water buckets Many of the effects of man-made emissions are also felt in areas not associated with industrial activity.
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Feb 22 2016

A new statistical technique, analysing data records since measuring started 150 years ago, independently confirms that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions have led to global warming.

Yellow flowers in the foreground with a scientists in a lab coat using a pipette in the background The JRC-hosted observatory produces detailed annual country reports on the evolution of national research and innovation systems.
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Feb 17 2016

A new website to monitor the pace of research and innovation within the EU, providing data and analyses at both national and EU level, is now online.

The JRC carried out extensive analyses and modelling supporting the Commission package on the security of supply The JRC carried out extensive analyses and modelling supporting the Commission package on the security of supply
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Feb 16 2016

On 16 February the Commission adopted a package on the security of supply, including a legislative proposal, a strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage, as well as a strategy on heating and cooling.

Dominique Brossard, Vladimir Šucha, Sir Peter Gluckman and Daniel Sarewitz at 2016 AAAS Dominique Brossard, Vladimir Šucha, Sir Peter Gluckman and Daniel Sarewitz at 2016 AAAS
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Feb 15 2016

Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General, shared the stage with Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister, and Daniel Sarewitz, from the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University (USA).

Bowl of food meal El Niño will affect food security and harvests in southern Africa.
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Feb 12 2016

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season.

Close-up of hardwear of electronic equipment Electronic components, such as the computer circuit on the photo, contain plastic parts which can hold traces of toxic elements.
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Feb 09 2016

The JRC released two certified reference materials (CRMs) that will ensure the quality of results from testing toxic trace elements in plastics used for electric and electronic equipment. The two are upgraded versions of previous CRMs and are now able to identify – besides lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium – also six other elements. This will support the implementation of EU legislation which requires limiting those compounds to ensure the protection of consumers and the environment.

Solar cell test evaluation Evaluation of new dye-sensitised solar cells using JRC calibration standards.
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Feb 05 2016

In its role as photovoltaic reference laboratory, JRC’s ESTI facility based in Italy recently underwent an external assessment by the Italian National Accreditation body (ACCREDIA) composed of a team of international assessors to verify its implementation of the International guide for reference laboratories ( ISO 17025).

Forest losses substantially affect the local climate
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Feb 05 2016

An article by JRC scientists published today in Science, reveals that the biophysical effects of forest losses substantially affect the local climate by altering the average temperature and even more the maximum summer temperatures and the diurnal and annual variations. These effects are most obvious in arid zones, followed by temperate, tropical and boreal zones.

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