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Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC114759
Authors: 
MATEO Ruben
GASTON Aitor
AROCA-FERNANDEZ Maria Jose
BROENNIMANN Olivier
GUISAN Antoine
SAURA MARTINEZ DE TODA Santiago
GARCIA-VINAS Juan Ignacio

The majority of the global population currently live in urban areas, and this is expected to increase in the future.

The importance and role of cities is increasing recognised - the future of cities will greatly impact all of our futures.

Our report "The future of cities - opportunities, challenges and the way forward" highlights the main challenges faced by cities and the people living within them currently and towards the future.

It also discusses some of the tools cities can use to face those challenges.

It covers, among other issues:

Publication Year: 
2017
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC103463
Authors: 
SOKOLOVA Nadezda
MORRISON Aiden
CURRAN James
BAVARO Michele
Jun 05 2019

To mark World Environment Day, the JRC and European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) have today launched a Position Paper on the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC113213
Authors: 
SHINDELL Drew
FALUVEGI Greg
KASIBHATLA Prasad S.
VAN DINGENEN Rita
The State of Amazonas holds the largest area of intact forests in the Brazilian Amazon
Jun 04 2019

A recent article co-authored by the JRC finds significant differences between the performance of Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data for mapping areas of forest disturbances in the Brazilian Amazon.

The authors analysed a time series of images from both satellites to map selective logging activities in seven legally authorised timber harvesting sites in 2016 and 2017, and compared the results.

Extracting raw materials from waste streams can enhance the sustainability of mining activities in the EU
Extracting raw materials from waste streams can enhance the sustainability of mining activities in the EU
Jun 04 2019
There's untapped potential to extract strategic raw materials from mining waste and landfills in Europe, according to a new report from the JRC.
Tom De Groeve

TOM DE GROEVE, Ph. D., is Deputy Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

He does research in risk management, disaster monitoring and emergency management systems in support of EU and global policy related to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC112180
Authors: 
VÁZQUEZ MONTENEGRO Ranses José
RODRIGUEZ BAIDE Joysee
CHANG Dayron
FUMAGALLI Davide
ZUCCHINI Antonio
RIVERO JASPE Roger Rolando
MANQUEIRA Lázaro
SOTO Francisco
TORRES DE LA NOVAL Walfredo
MOREJÓN RIVERA Rogelio
ROJÁN HERRERA Osmany
ALVAREZ SIERRA Daniel
FLORIDO René
HERNÁNDEZ Naivy
RIVERO Luis
MORALES MORALES Roberto
VAN DEN BERG Maurits
ASAP hotspot assessment of 30/05/2019
Jun 04 2019

According to the May edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, the partial failure of the first 2019 rainy season in the bi-seasonal areas of the Horn of Africa is causing poor crop and pasture production in Somalia, coastal Kenya, southern Ethiopia and north-eastern Uganda.

The populations of these countries are highly vulnerable to food crises and in many cases are still recovering from the last drought that hit the area in 2017.

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