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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. JRC shortlists denaturants to combat alcohol fraud

    06 Dec 2011 Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have identified a shortlist of denaturants that could be used to harmonise denaturing practices at EU level and reduce fraud and tax evasion of alcoholic beverages. The p ...

    06 December 2011

  12. JRC signs Letter of Intent with the US Department of Energy on e-mobility and smart grids

    30 Nov 2011 Washington, 29 November – At the Transatlantic Economic Council meeting the Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has signed a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation with the US Department of Energy (D ...

    30 November 2011

  13. Satellite data can help protect bluefin tuna

    21 Nov 2011 A new model developed by scientists of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) allows the potential presence of bluefin tuna to be tracked through daily updated maps, helping to protect endangered stocks and fight illegal fi ...

    24 November 2011

  14. JRC signs agreement with the Academies of Sciences of the Danube region Member States

    17 Nov 2011 The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has signed an agreement for closer cooperation with the Academies of Sciences of the Danube region Member States. The signatories are the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), the Hunga ...

    17 November 2011

  15. Rare earth metal shortages could hamper deployment of low-carbon energy technologies

    10 Nov 2011 Following the release of a Commission report on critical raw materials in 2010, scientists at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) highlighted in a new report that five metals, essential for manufacturing low-carbon technologies, show a high risk o ...

    10 November 2011

  16. JRC signs agreement for closer cooperation with Brazilian Ministry of Science

    04 Oct 2011 The JRC and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) of Brazil have signed a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation. The signature took place on the occasion of the 5 th EU-Brazil Summit covering global, regional and bilatera ...

    04 October 2011

  17. JRC and the American Association for the Advancement of Science issue a call to scientists and policy-makers for integrity, openness, clarity and public engagement

    03 Jul 2010 Representatives from both organisations made the plea on 3 July at a session of Euroscience Open Forum 2010 in Turin, Italy. The recommendations reflect the findings of a workshop last fall at the JRC’s Ispra site where 21 high-profile science ...

    03 July 2010

  18. A bright future for renewable electricity generation: if investment in grid and innovation is sustained

    29 Jun 2009 A series of "Renewable Energy Snapshots" published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides a timely update on the potential of wind, solar and biomass energy to contribute to the EU's binding ...

    01 September 2009

  19. Greenhouse gas emissions growing faster since 2000: new data on worldwide emissions 1970-2005

    25 May 2009 New data shows that global man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased 15% between 2000 and 2005, representing a sharp jump in the rate of emissions growth, which was 3% for the period 1990-1995 and 6% between 1995 and 2000. Global annual emis ...

    25 May 2009

  20. Illicit trafficking of nuclear materials. New forensic analysis released on Germany's 1940's nuclear programme

    19 Mar 2009 The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has today released details of nuclear forensic work carried out on samples dating back to the early days of the technology's history: from Germany's World War II Programme. T ...

    19 March 2009

  21. EU- Republic of Korea: new scientific collaboration agreement signed

    02 Mar 2009 A Collaboration Agreement signed today between the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements) and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) aims to advance measurem ...

    12 October 2012

  22. European Commission researchers' pattern-recognition programme adopted by U.S. services

    15 Feb 2009 As a result of transatlantic cooperation in the field of environmental mapping technologies, a powerful pattern recognition programme developed by researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is being adopted by special ...

    12 October 2012

  23. Positive assessment given by independent review panel led by Sir David King of European Commission's Joint Research Centre

    15 Jan 2009 A panel of 14 international experts led by Sir David King, until recently the Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government, has completed an in-depth review of work carried out by the Joint Research Centre from 2002 – 2006 under the Sixth Framew ...

    15 January 2009

  24. Urbanisation: New World Bank and JRC map shows that 95% of the world's population lives on 10% of the land

    17 Dec 2008 A new global map released today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and published in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2009, measures urbanisation from the new perspective of Travel Time to 8,500 Major Cities. The m ...

    17 December 2008

  25. New European Commission Report shows 60% increase in solar panel production in 2007

    11 Dec 2008 The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has today released the latest Photovoltaics Status Report. This scientific study combines analysis of up-to-date international manufacturing and market implementation data throughout 2007 wi ...

    11 December 2008