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Electricty pylons against a blue sky The saving achieved over 15 years is equivalent to the energy consumption of Finland.
©EU, 2015
Aug 26 2016
A steady decline in the period from 2000 to 2014 puts the consumption below the indicative targets for 2020, set to 1,086 Mtoe by the European Energy Efficiency Directive.
Young corn
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Aug 23 2016

The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin released today reports that total EU-28 cereal yield is estimated around the five-year average after having been lowered by 2.9% compared to the July Bulletin.

A tattoist tattooing a flower on a person's arm Over 80% of the colorants in use are organic chemicals and more than 60% of them are azo-pigments, some of which can release carcinogenic aromatic amines.
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Aug 19 2016
A new report aims to provide the scientific evidence needed to decide if EU measures are necessary to ensure the safety of inks and processes used in tattoos and (semi)permanent makeup.
Aug 18 2016
The JRC contributed to the publication of a new technique for investigating the linearity of detectors used in Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) by using a special Reference Materials series certified at the JRC.
A section of a forest on fire Very high or extreme fire danger is forecasted for this week in southern Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
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Aug 16 2016
The situation has been dramatic in several EU countries over the past week, with major fire events in Portugal, Spain and southern France.
Fish in sea Species in long-time stable systems, such as rainforests and coral reefs, could be those least prepared to face the new challenges posed by global change.
©EU, credit: D.Guizzardi
Aug 11 2016

Global change will strike the oldest and most complex ecosystems of the world hardest, regardless of their past stability. This alarming finding is reported in a JRC-led article published in Nature Communications today.

A finger pressing the third floor button of an elevator panel Around 50% of the yearly steel production in the EU comes from recycling scrap metal.
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Aug 10 2016

Metal recycling conserves natural ore resources and supports sustainable development, hence benefitting industry, consumers and the environment. However, several accidents in the past decades where inadvertently collected scrap metal contained radioactive material resulted in stricter controls and development of new standards to detect contaminated scrap metal and protect citizens and the environment from its harmful effects.

The North Sea is one of Europe's richest fishing grounds.
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Aug 04 2016

The European Commission has today proposed the first multi-annual plan for stocks of demersal fish (fish that live and feed near the bottom of the sea) in the North Sea. The plan aims to ensure that stocks are fished at sustainable levels, improve the conservation of stocks, shift decision-making to the regional level, and increase the predictability of catches for fishermen in the long run.

Global distribution and density of satellite-based emergency mapping activations between 2000 and 2014. Credit: DLR/Human Rights Watch. Global distribution and density of satellite-based emergency mapping activations between 2000 and 2014. Credit: DLR/Human Rights Watch.
Aug 04 2016

Over the last 15 years, the use of satellite imagery for disaster management support increased significantly, from seven cases in 2000, to 123 in 2014, according to a recent review published in the journal Science.

Urban policies increasingly use urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in their planning process. Urban policies increasingly use urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions in their planning process.
©Simone Manfredi
Aug 02 2016

Scientific knowledge of urban ecosystems can support urban planning at different stages of policy and for various spatial scales; hence it can help policy-making for sustainable cities, a pilot study shows. It has produced a harmonised indicator framework which can be applied to other cities.

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