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Proficiency testing in analytical chemistry
Jun 17 2019

The JRC contributed as expert proficiency test (PT) provider to discussions related to current practices and future directions on external quality assessment (EQA).

As shown by the JRC since 20 years already, the reporting of results together with their uncertainties by PT participants and subsequent evaluation by the PT/EQA provider are the most effective measures to demonstrate good laboratory performance.

Image: Product design for ease of disassembly will vastly improve the recyclability of products
Product design for ease of disassembly will vastly improve the recyclability of products
Jun 14 2019

A joint KU Leuven and JRC scientific paper proposes a new robust ease of Disassembly Metric (eDiM) to calculate the disassembly time of products for repair, reuse and component harvesting.

By categorising disassembly tasks in six categories, this method provides insights on which disassembly tasks are the most time consuming and how the product design could be improved.

Better safety assessment of chemicals
Jun 13 2019

A new JRC study advocates a holistic approach to the safety assessment of chemicals that keeps pace with a changing environment and reduces their contribution to cancer risk.

We are surrounded by chemicals – in our food, cosmetics, household products, medicines, and the air we breathe. Some of them are potentially carcinogenic, so managing our exposure to these chemicals can significantly reduce the incidence of cancer in Europe and worldwide.

Security by design
Jun 13 2019

Urban planners, architects, counter-terrorism advisers and security officials from different European cities learnt at JRC Ispra about designing and selecting solutions for the protection of public spaces from terrorist attacks.

OECD safety test guidelines for nanomaterials
Jun 06 2019

The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has reviewed and developed new test guidelines and guidance since its creation in 2006. The JRC contributes actively to this work, which is important for the protection of human health and the environment.

Nanotechnology is the world of the infinitely small and one nanometre fits a billion times in a metre. While invisible to the human eye, nanomaterials are at the heart of a technological revolution.

Jun 05 2019

To mark World Environment Day, the JRC and European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) have today launched a Position Paper on the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Jun 05 2019

Yesterday evening, the University of Strasbourg, coolDC and received the 2019 EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres during the Datacloud Congress in Monte Carlo, one of the largest conferences dedicated to data centres in Europe.

The Code of Conduct is an independent scheme in the EU to certify that a data centre has adopted energy efficiency best practices.

The State of Amazonas holds the largest area of intact forests in the Brazilian Amazon
Jun 04 2019

A recent article co-authored by the JRC finds significant differences between the performance of Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data for mapping areas of forest disturbances in the Brazilian Amazon.

The authors analysed a time series of images from both satellites to map selective logging activities in seven legally authorised timber harvesting sites in 2016 and 2017, and compared the results.

ASAP hotspot assessment of 30/05/2019
Jun 04 2019

According to the May edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, the partial failure of the first 2019 rainy season in the bi-seasonal areas of the Horn of Africa is causing poor crop and pasture production in Somalia, coastal Kenya, southern Ethiopia and north-eastern Uganda.

The populations of these countries are highly vulnerable to food crises and in many cases are still recovering from the last drought that hit the area in 2017.

The EU Bioeconomy employs 18 million people, with a turnover of €2.3 trillion per annum
Jun 03 2019

A recent Euronews Futuris episode on the European Union (EU) bioeconomy, renewable resources, bioplastics, and citizen science opens with a reference to JRC data on the European Commission's Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.