We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Speakers at last week's high-level stakeholder consultation conference on the EU’s long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lamented the fact that the importance of soil in climate change, global warming and prosperity is severely underestimated in EU policy.
Andrea Kohl, Programme Director at the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and speaker at the conference, is quoted as saying “Soil is a completely underestimated issue when we talk about climate change”*.
The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative last week launched the report 'Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals' at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York. This report sets out six key transformations that will enable the world to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The JRC recently participated in a measurement campaign to assess satellite ocean colour products in the Arctic.
Satellite technologies are an invaluable tool for detecting changes at the global scale through long-term and comprehensive observations. For example, analysis of the colour of the ocean can give vital information about the biological processes occurring in the seas.
How agricultural residues can be used to help meet local energy needs in Africa was discussed at a scientific workshop held in Dakar (Senegal) last November organised by the JRC, the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar and the Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor. The discussion was framed within a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) nexus* approach, which explores the complex interactions between the water, food (agriculture) and energy sectors and ecosystems.
The JRC has contributed to the recent United Nations Synthesis Report on progress made towards reaching Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation), which will be used as the basis for discussions at the High-level Political Forum 2018 to be held this month.