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Scientists involved in the method developments and revising the standard document Scientists involved in the method developments and revising the standard document
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Feb 02 2017
The JRC contributed (co-authored) to the revision of the international standard test method, ASTM C1672-17, which is based on an analytical approach first developed at the JRC in 1985.
Feb 02 2017

The 2016 fire season in Chile started earlier than usual. By November 2016 the area burned by forest fires was already 400% larger than the average for the last 10 years. The pattern of high fire danger, driven mainly by high temperatures and strong winds, was predominant in the following months, leading to a dramatic situation in January 2017.

Challenges for simultaneous analysis of masked trichothecene mycotoxins in cereals
Feb 01 2017
JRC scientists investigated the suitability of immunoaffinity columns for the determination of masked (modified) mycotoxins, a class of food contaminants currently being discussed for EU regulation. The study focused on the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) and its metabolites which can frequently occur in cereals.
A red ladybird on a green leaf When protected areas are well connected, animal species can move from one protected site to another.
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Jan 31 2017
A new indicator enables, for the first time, the measurement of progress towards meeting the UN connectivity target for protected areas.

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Jan 31 2017
Established in 1979, the European network of population-based registries for the epidemiologic surveillance of congenital anomalies (EUROCAT) covers over one third of European births (over 750.000 cases, 44 registries in 25 EU/EEA countries).

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Jan 30 2017
Scientists from JRC and Danish organisations have jointly drafted a book chapter in which they discuss the "Feasibility and challenges of human health risk assessment for engineered nanomaterials". The book is published as part of a series from Wiley-IUPAC on nanomaterials written by world leading experts from prestigious universities and companies.
Sand bags against doorways during flooding Global temperature increase should be kept below 2˚C to limit flood risk.
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Jan 27 2017
If global temperatures rise by 4°C, the flood risk in countries representing more than 70% of the global population and of the global GDP will increase by more than 500%.
Anti-adhesive surfaces for biological application Anti-adhesive surfaces for biological application
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Jan 27 2017
JRC scientists, in collaboration with the University of Madrid, designed a new surface coating exhibiting antifouling properties. The aim of this material is to improve the surface of medical devices.
Waste at a landfill According to the JRC report, 2/3 of all the energy embedded in waste sent for incineration come from household waste, residues from mechanical sorting of waste and wood waste.
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Jan 26 2017
A JRC report on the exploitation of waste to-energy techniques found that the efficiency of waste-based energy generation in Europe could be increased by more than 25% using technical options available today.
A real-driving test performed by the JRC using PEMS. A real-driving test performed by the JRC using PEMS.
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Jan 26 2017
The guidance will help evaluate if car manufacturers use defeat devices or other strategies that lead to higher vehicle emissions outside of the test cycle and analyse whether they are technically justified.