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Tap in desert The drought in Somalia and neighbouring countries is already producing severe water and pasture shortages in pastoral regions.
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Feb 21 2017

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months.

Poultry farm New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms.
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Feb 21 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms. The new specifications stem from the review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs (IRPP), the so-called IRPP BREF, whose conclusions were published on 21 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU.

The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact. The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact.
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Feb 20 2017

The JRC has carried out a study of available knowledge on the replacement, reduction and refinement (the 3Rs) of animal procedures used in research and testing to understand how supply of such knowledge can better meet demand. Findings show that although much 3Rs knowledge exists, its sharing can be improved through better coordination, communication and outreach, and by more emphasis on targeted education and training initiatives.

Despite cold conditions in central and eastern Europe, protective snow cover has helped limit frost-kill damage to winter cereals in many areas.
©Fotolia; author: SGr
Feb 20 2017

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe, this winter is finishing with no major constraints to winter crops. 

Publication Year: 
2017
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC105841
Authors: 
Type:
Sep 04 2017
Sep 08 2017
Kehl, Germany and Strasbourg, France
(FR)

INSPIRE Conference 2017
 INSPIRE a Digital Europe - Thinking out of the box
4-5 September Kehl, Germany and 6-8 September, Strasbourg, France

Smart specialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities and challenges

"Acknowledging the common agendas and related challenges in the area of innovation policy (IP) making, this introductory note attempts to prompt a reflection on prospective African-led 'smart specialisation strategies' (S3). It focuses on the relevance of an S3 policy approach in informing, challenging, and also learning, from (territorial) innovation policymaking in Sub-Saharan African countries. Indicative early roadmap steps are mentioned, anticipating on hopefully upcoming exploratory analyses/mapping across continents."

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Science Areas:

The calls for a better territorial integration have prompted many initiatives in the EU and beyond the EU to support more balanced, place-based and inclusive approaches to territorial development.

This section gathers and compares international perspectives to territorial policies with a focus on innovation-led development strategies and dynamics that favours local ownership and sustainability.

The activities and contributions should also help to ultimately offer few international guidelines for a joint monitoring framework of territorial innovation policies (TIPs).

Science Areas:

FAD-2016-0051

Product: 
Bentonite
Active Substance(s): 

Bentonite-Smectite

Date of Report: 
Friday, 10 February, 2017
Executive summary : 

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