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Polish power plant The new standards have been developed through a transparent, evidence-based process involving 290 experts.
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Sep 14 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 3 500 large combustion plants.

The JRC MARS Explorer provides near real-time updates on crop and weather monitoring The JRC MARS Explorer provides near real-time updates on crop and weather monitoring
©European Union, 2017
Sep 04 2017
Web users worldwide can now view weather and crop conditions in near real-time across the whole of the EU, thanks to the JRC MARS Explorer.
Fiscal incentives for electric cars have strong market effects Fiscal incentives for electric cars have strong market effects
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Aug 24 2017
European car drivers switch to electric vehicles when it financially makes sense to them, concludes a recent study on fiscal incentives and electric vehicles sales by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
JRC supports transition to green and renewable energies in Burkina Faso JRC supports transition to green and renewable energies in Burkina Faso
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Aug 10 2017
A new JRC report provides support and becomes a tool for decision-making to assist Burkina Faso in transforming its energy sector.
Millions to be exposed to extreme Humidity and heat globally Millions to be exposed to extreme Humidity and heat globally
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Aug 08 2017
Heatwaves amplified by high humidity can reach above 40°C and may occur as often as every two years, leading to serious risks for human health. If global temperatures rise by 4°C, a new super heatwave of 55°C may regularly impact many parts of the world, including Europe.
Floodings Weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the Europeans
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Aug 05 2017

Weather-related disasters could affect around two-thirds of the European population annually by the end of this century. This could result in a 50-fold increase in fatalities compared to today if no measures are taken, according to a new study by the Joint Research Centre – the science and knowledge service of the European Commission. 

From 2019, all heavy vehicles must be equipped with new Smart Tachograph From 2019, all heavy vehicles must be equipped with new Smart Tachograph
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Jul 28 2017
New Smart Tachograph security specifications have been prepared by the JRC for better enforcement of driving and resting times of heavy vehicle drivers to maximise road safety.
Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe
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Jul 27 2017
The area of soils covered with trees and artificial surfaces is increasing in Europe, while arable land areas are declining. Sparsely vegetated areas are the most vulnerable to soil loss.
The Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre will provide relevant information in an easy-to-use format. The Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre will provide relevant information in an easy-to-use format.
©European Union, 2017
Jul 26 2017
A new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre has been created by the JRC and DG RTD to better support policy makers with science-based evidence in this field.
From April to June, rainfall in key crop producing areas in North Korea were well below the long-term average From April to June, rainfall in key crop producing areas in North Korea were well below the long-term average
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Jul 24 2017
North Korea’s crop production has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather, and food insecurity is expected to worsen, concludes a joint FAO-JRC report.

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