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Publication Year: 
2018
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC114347
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Vineyards in Europe have almost triple the average soil copper concentration
Dec 18 2018

A recent JRC article that maps copper (Cu) concentration in European Union topsoils finds that vineyards, olive groves and orchards have the highest concentration levels of all land use categories.

The study concludes and land use and management are the major cause of changes in soil Cu concentrations, and highlights the need for more sustainable, environmentally aware and soil friendly land management practices in order to limit the environmental and health risk associated with high copper concentrations in vineyards.

Essential Biodiversity Variables can help assess and report on changes in biodiversity
Dec 18 2018

Global biodiversity - the variety of plant and animal life on Earth - is a hot topic lately. As we face into the sixth mass extinction in Earth's history, scientists and concerned members of the public look for ways to help preserve and enhance biodiversity, in order to maintain human well-being and a healthy planet.

To efficiently manage global biodiversity, we need some way of recording and measuring biodiversity and how it is changing.

In the immediate aftermath of UNFCCC COP24, JRC scientists co-authored new research that sheds light on the potential of the agricultural sector in improving global mitigation efforts.
Dec 17 2018

The Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24), which ended last week, finalised the rules for implementing the Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

Soil erosion leads to the displacement of soil organic carbon, increasing carbon emissions to the atmosphere
Soil erosion leads to the displacement of soil organic carbon, increasing carbon emissions to the atmosphere
Dec 17 2018
A JRC-led article published in Science Advances estimates that accelerated soil erosion will lead to additional carbon losses from agricultural land to the atmosphere, thus increasing the effect of climate change.
Frost tolerance of winter cereals in Europe is weaker than usual but expected to improve in the coming days.
Dec 17 2018

According to the December issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, thermal conditions have been much milder than usual.

As a result, the building up of frost tolerance (hardening) of winter wheat started late and seems to be weaker than usual, albeit more advanced than around this time last year, especially in eastern parts of Europe.

Computational methods for nanomaterials
Computational methods for nanomaterials
Dec 18 2018

JRC scientists have published a series of papers assessing the availability and applicability of computational models in the safety assessment of nanomaterials, with a view to promoting their further development and use in regulatory decision making.

Publication Year: 
2018
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC115044
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