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  1. Science for disaster risk reduction and response: Role of the Commission's in-house science service

    Disaster resilience, and in particular prevention and preparedness measures, are increasingly high priority on the global political agenda. Science and technology offer key solutions to improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters, ...

    06 December 2012

  2. Media and content digitization benefits consumers, but revenues lag behind

    Digital spending- the acquisition of media products in digital format- tripled from 2006 to 2010 worldwide, with the recording music sector now achieving 30% of its global sales in the digital market. The digital success of the music sector contrasts othe ...

    26 October 2012

  3. Two-thirds of the world's new solar panels were installed in Europe in 2011

    Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of Austria, ...

    24 September 2012

  4. JRC report reviews measurement methods for nanoparticle sizing

    17 Sep 2012 A new report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) presents an in-depth review of methods available to measure the size of nanoparticles. Following the adoption of the definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in ...

    17 September 2012

  5. Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

    14 Sep 2012 Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a gr ...

    14 September 2012

  6. Environment: Pooling information to combat the threat of alien species in Europe

    14 Sep 2012 How many plants can be found in the Alps that are not native to that region? Which animals were deliberately or accidently introduced to the Danube? How big a threat will they become to local wildlife? EASIN, the European Alien Species Informa ...

    14 September 2012

  7. European business to increase R&D spending despite crisis

    20 Aug 2012 Top EU businesses expect their investments in research and development to grow by an average of 4% annually over the period 2012 to 2014, according to a Commission survey of some of Europe's companies that invest the most in R&D. The ...

    20 August 2012

  8. Ship-borne measurements show EU policies have improved air quality in harbours

    14 Aug 2012 Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to an EU policy which limits sulphur content in fuels for ships at berth or at anchor in ports. Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centr ...

    14 August 2012

  9. Global CO2 emissions continue to increase in 2011, with per capita emissions in China reaching European levels

    18 Jul 2012 Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)- the main cause of global warming - increased by 3% lst year, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonnes in 2011. In China, the world's most populous country, average emissions of CO2 increased ...

    18 July 2012

  10. Cosmetics: pioneering the way towards animal free testing

    14 Jul 2012 Necessity breeds invention, and the prospect of a complete ban on the use of animal testing in the EU cosmetics sector is a powerful driver for ambitious research and innovation across industry and academia. Methods to trigger cells into reinv ...

    16 July 2012

  11. Updated nuclide chart- Enhanced knowledge of the elements' radioactivity

    11 Jul 2012 An updated edition of the "Karlsruhe nuclide chart" has been published today by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU). This chart is an extended periodic table of the elements displaying all k ...

    11 July 2012

  12. JRC study on alpha therapy to treat digestive tumours wins international award

    12 Jun 2012 A picture is worth a thousand words. This is the reason why the image below has been awarded the title of "image of the year" by the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM). It comes from a study led by the Joint Research Centre´s (JRC) In ...

    12 June 2012

  13. JRC and US NOAA enhance cooperation on climate, weather, oceans and coasts

    31 May 2012 The European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed today an agreement in Brussels to encourage, develop and facilitate scientif ...

    12 June 2012

  14. A practical guide to green products and services

    15 May 2012 A new report published today by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides key information for policy makers and business managers on how to assess the environmental impacts of products a ...

    31 May 2012

  15. Bringing ideas to market: European technology transfer network launched

    26 Apr 2012 A European network bringing together the technology transfer offices of 25 large public research organisations has been established with the support of the European Commission. The European TTO CIRCLE (Technology Transfer Offices – Connecting ...

    26 April 2012

  16. Winners of 2012 GreenBuilding and GreenLight Awards

    18 Apr 2012 These awards, launched by the European Commission in 2005 and 2000 respectively, promote the reduction of energy consumption by public and private organisations on a voluntary basis. GreenBuilding promotes improved energy efficiency through se ...

    18 April 2012

  17. Innovation in nuclear safeguards: Commissioner Màire Geoghegan-Quinn visits the JRC site in Karlsruhe

    17 Apr 2012 The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan- Quinn visits today the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) Institute for Transuranium Elements, located in Karlsruhe. This visit provides the Commissioner with the ...

    17 April 2012

  18. World Water Day- EU research on water

    22 Mar 2012 22 March marks the annual celebration of World Water Day. Together with ministerial delegations from more than 100 countries, the European Union endorsed a Ministerial Declaration on Water at last week's World Water Forum. Action is neede ...

    22 March 2012

  19. The European Commission's in-house science service- the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

    16 Mar 2012 Being the only Commission service in charge of direct research, the JRC provides independent scientific and economic support to the Europe 2020 policy priorities in terms of competitiveness, sustainability and grand societal challenges such as ...

    21 March 2012

  20. New JRC maps help match water supply and demand

    14 Mar 2012 A new assessment of available water resources, published today by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), reveals that large areas in Spain and Eastern Europe have on average less than 200 mm freshwater available every year while the demand for water ...

    14 March 2012

  21. Towards the EU energy mix: state of the art of the strategic energy technologies

    07 Mar 2012 A new edition of the Strategic Energy Technologies review has been published. This " 2011 Technology Map ", produced by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides a European and ...

    07 March 2012

  22. What has the EU done after the Fukushima accident?

    06 Mar 2012 Nuclear safety: stress tests Following last year's triple disaster in Japan, the EU decided to take a critical look at its nuclear power production and re-assess the safety and security of all nuclear power plants in the EU. All 14 Member ...

    21 March 2012

  23. EU funded study underlines importance of Congo Basin for global climate and biodiversity

    05 Mar 2012 With its 1.7 billion square kilometres, an area equivalent to 5 times the size of Germany, the Congo Basin forest is the world's second largest tropical forest. The 'State of the Congo Basin Forests 2010' report launched in Doua ...

    05 March 2012

  24. Screening Africa's renewable energies potential

    08 Feb 2012 The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published today a study mapping the potential of renewable energy sources in Africa. The report analyses the current energy consumption in Africa and assesses potential of renewable energy sources- solar, wi ...

    08 February 2012

  25. Science support for the Danube strategy: kick off meeting in Sofia

    25 Jan 2012 Representatives from the "science support for the Danube" strategy signataires meet today in the Bulgarian Academy of Science to identify the key priorities of the scientific cooperation. This strategy was launched by the European Co ...

    27 April 2012