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The 2019 Refinement gives updated methodological guidance on energy, industry, agriculture, land use and waste emission inventories
May 13 2019

A plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Kyoto, Japan, today released the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, which was co-authored and reviewed by the JRC.

This report updates the methodologies to be used by governments to estimate and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as required under the Paris Agreement.

PM2.5 annual mean in 2015
Feb 08 2019

JRC scientists are preparing a dust Reference Material (RM) for air pollution control measurements. They have encountered a number of challenges when using RMs for method validation. This work is relevant for the implementation of the European Air Quality Directive.

The finest particles suspended in air are collectively called PM2,5 and have both anthropogenic and natural origin.

May 15 2017

In a recently published article, JRC scientists describe a new model framework that extends a large-scale soil survey to include nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, in order to provide an independent instrument in support to policies oriented towards climate-smart agriculture.

Jun 13 2016

This report, published on 9 June 2016, is part of the CIRCLE project on “Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: consequences for Long-term Economic growth”, which seeks to take into account the feedbacks from environmental pressures and resource scarcity to the economy.


May 31 2016

The JRC coordinated and contributed to two of the ten chapters of the 2016 Scientific Assessment Report of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which was officially launched in Brussels today.

Apr 07 2016

JRC scientist Frank Dentener is one of the 22 international authors of a recently published feature article in Environmental Science & Technology that reviews what is currently known about the effects of air pollution on health and calls for closer cooperation between air pollution and health scientists in researching the chemical and physical properties of complex air pollution mixtures and their effects on health.

Dec 17 2015

The JRC co-authored three recently published prestigious scientific articles with high policy relevance in the frame of the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study, which is producing estimates of global epidemiological levels and trends through the end of 2015.

Nov 19 2014

JRC scientists developed in collaboration with experts from the National Physical Laboratory (UK), the Netherland's National Metrology Institute and the Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia) a new measurement procedure for the calibration of mercury mass concentration at saturation in air samples.

Oct 21 2014

The committee for the selection of the Haagen-Smit Prize, given annually to a maximum of two outstanding papers published in Atmospheric Environment, has announced that the single winner of the Atmospheric Environment 2014 Haagen-Smit Prize is a paper led by JRC scientists.

Sep 29 2014

IES scientists were recently interviewed at the JRC’s ABC-IS forest flux monitoring station in Ispra for Euronews SCI-TECH futuris feature on the role of forests in the global climate equation.