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old couple Elderly people are more likely to purchase incompatible products online
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Mar 13 2017
Small changes in the website design of online shops could significantly reduce the risk of incompatible purchases by customers, concludes a recent JRC study published on 10 March in PLOS ONE. Warning messages appealing to the customer's emotions and information provided at check-out were the most effective methods of avoiding disappointment.
Gears illustration S2E brings together industry, academia and authorities to make the most of regional innovation financing
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Mar 08 2017

The Stairway to Excellence Project now supports regions and stakeholders from all EU member states, enabling them to use synergies and make the most of the European Structural and Investment Funds and Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

The JRC and Slovenia will increase scientific cooperation in a number of areas The JRC and Slovenia will increase scientific cooperation in a number of areas
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Feb 28 2017

On 28 February 2017, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost cooperation and scientific excellence.

The Memorandum opens new avenues for scientific exchange and synergies in the fields of energy, transport, public health, security, climate change, digital transformation, and biotechnology, among others.

Forests are expected to contribute to 25% of the national mitigation pledges under the Paris Agreement Forests are expected to contribute to 25% of the national mitigation pledges under the Paris Agreement
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Feb 27 2017
Forests play a key role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. They cover around 25% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions planned by countries for 2030 in response to the Paris Agreement. In an article published in Nature Climate Change, JRC scientists call for robust, transparent and credible data to track the real mitigation potential of forests, and highlight the important role of the scientific community in this process.
rare diseases day illustration Raising awareness about rare diseases helps improve public health policies
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Feb 27 2017
28 February is the Rare Disease Day, meant to raise awareness about rare diseases. The JRC, together with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), is developing the European Platform on Rare Diseases Registration (EU RD Platform) to combine data on rare diseases, scattered across over 600 patients registries in the EU. The platform will facilitate data sharing for the benefits of patients and healthcare providers enabling the publication of EU-wide comparable statistics.
Smartphone App screenshot Invasive Alien Species Europe app, developed by the JRC, helps identify and share information about 37 Invasive Alien Species in Europe.
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Feb 24 2017
The JRC has developed a smartphone app that will help citizens to capture and share information about 37 invasive alien species of Union concern in Europe. The 'Invasive Alien Species Europe' app, which contains detailed information and photos of those plants and animals, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones' GPS system and camera to capture images of them.
Litter in waters Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter in the waters.
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Feb 23 2017

Marine litter is a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities. Two new JRC reports provide recommendations and guidance to EU Member States on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas.

Kids eating The report translates school food standards into adequate procurement contract language, which should help school procurers when procuring healthy school food.
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Feb 22 2017

Healthy food in schools: European Commission and Maltese Presidency present valuable new resource for public procurement authorities in Member States

Tap in desert The drought in Somalia and neighbouring countries is already producing severe water and pasture shortages in pastoral regions.
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Feb 21 2017

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months.

Poultry farm New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms.
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Feb 21 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms. The new specifications stem from the review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs (IRPP), the so-called IRPP BREF, whose conclusions were published on 21 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU.

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