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Global warming is facilitating the spread of arboviruses worldwide
Mar 16 2018
Global warming has allowed disease-bearing insects to proliferate, increasing exposure to viral infections.
The Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality will support EU policymakers and national authorities by providing access to, and sharing up-to-date scientific knowledge on food fraud and food quality issues.
Mar 13 2018
Responding to consumer concerns about food quality and fraudulent practices concerning food the European Commission is launching a Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality, operated by the JRC.
The JRC is working to improve gender equality in science
Mar 08 2018
To mark International Women’s Day, some of our leading scientists tell us about their work and why they love science.
European fires are set to increase in size and scope, putting lives and livelihoods at risk
Mar 07 2018
Adapting our land use and mitigating the effects of climate change are key to minimising fire danger in Europe
Soils can offset greenhouse gas emissions, but use of fertilisers can lead to increased N2O emissions from soil
Mar 06 2018

A study just published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Nature Climate Change shows that soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases through increased storage of organic carbon.

However, unless the use of fertilisers is adjusted to balance additional nitrogen inputs, any climate change mitigation benefit may be offset through higher nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from soil.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stabilise it in the soil.

Soil erosion affects over 12 million hectares of land in the EU
Feb 27 2018

Soil erosion costs European countries €1.25 billion in annual agricultural productivity loss and €155 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) loss, according to a JRC new study.

Soil erosion is the biggest threat to soil fertility and productivity, but the consequences do not stop there.

A recent JRC study combined biophysical and macroeconomic models to determine direct and macroeconomic costs of soil erosion, and the results are striking. 

Vaccination was found to be the best strategy for stopping epidemics
Feb 23 2018
Scientists simulated real-world social networks to assess the best strategies for halting epidemics
Changes to the way land is used is having a knock-on effect on temperatures
Feb 20 2018
Scientists reveal how recent vegetation cover changes have ultimately made the planet warmer.
The database shows how the world has urbanised over the past few decades
Feb 13 2018
The world’s largest data platform on cities reveals the planet is even more urbanised than we thought.
JRC-managed initiatives support capacity building and scientific exchange with Western Balkans partners
Feb 07 2018

The Commission unveiled a new plan this week, laying out paths to EU membership for the Western Balkans countries.

Through democratic, political, economic and societal improvements, the Western Balkan partners have a real and credible prospect of joining the EU in the coming years.

The EU is committed to supporting them on that journey. As the European Commission's science and knowledge service, the JRC has a key role in these efforts.


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