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agriculture

Organic farming isn’t bad, but sustainable agriculture is better

Gavin Whitmore, Senior Manager – Biodiversity at the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) looks at how integrated pest management supports the sustainable intensification of agriculture Society is increasingly aware of the dual challenge of feeding a growing population whilst protecting the environment. Organic agriculture is often marketed as being an environmentally...

Peptides control organ loss in plants

Have you ever wondered why the petals fall off your tulips after a week in a vase? Why trees drop their leaves in the autumn? Why fruit fall to the ground when ripe? And why farmers suffer losses when seeds are shed before harvesting time? My research group at...
farmers

Direct support for EU farmers

The EU’s recent €500m aid package is good news for European farmers and agri-food markets, writes EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan Market difficulties and price pressures in recent months have been a cause for real concern to farmers and agri-businesses across Europe. The €500m aid package is a significant statement of...

In Malmö our waste becomes our fuel

Daniel Skog from the City of Malmo outlines how locally produced vehicle fuel could help the city’s transport become more sustainable In Malmö every third trip is done on a bicycle. Also the local railways and coming trams are experiencing increased business but still there is a need for sustainable...

Glycol – a rare resource

Areas of Expertise: We have developed a globally unique purification method whereby we purify used glycol so that it can be re-used. In this manner, we will save the Earth’s resources since glycol is extracted from crude oil and is a non-renewable resource. In addition, glycol is a scarce commodity since...
sweden

Sustainable Sweden

Open Access Government looks at how Sweden is aiming to become a sustainable nation, highlighting the government’s key environmental priorities Sweden has gone through something of a recycling revolution in the past decade. More than 99% of all household waste is recycled in one way or another – compared to...
Tornado

Is it time for a tornado warning system in Italy?

Mario Marcello Miglietta from the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC-CNR), and Richard Rotunno from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) outline why there is a need to develop tornado warning systems in Europe The internet has become an important source of information for anyone who wants to investigate...
fish

Effective management of fisheries and fish quality

In September 2015 the UN will release the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide international development for the next 15 years. Out of the 17 goals, number 14 is to “Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development”, and is a topic of particular...
blue economy

Time to invest in the blue economy

The European Union has high hopes for the marine and maritime economy, but, for the blue economy’s potential to be developed, we need more cooperation between the public and private sectors, argues Adam Banaszak of the European Committee of the Regions  I was nominated by my fellow local politicians to...
arctic research

Understanding the Arctic environment

Nate Bauer and Hajo Eicken from the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), highlight how research can help gain invaluable knowledge about the Arctic and its surrounding environments Across the Arctic, researchers continue to identify signals that the region and its ecosystems act as an important amplifier of global climate change. While the...

Carbon dynamics and geomorphic processes in a warming Arctic

Ivar Berthling, Department of Geography, NTNU, Norway There are a number of significant feedbacks and interactions between processes and materials at the earth surface and in the atmosphere. This is a crucial point when considering global warming and climate change effects because such feedbacks might amplify the ongoing warming. One...

Living with geo-resources and geo-hazards

Two of the key strategic topics on the European Committee’s Horizon 2020 Roadmap revolve around geo-resources and geo-hazards, and their impact on societal and economic development. On the way towards a better policy for sustainable geo-resources production – such as oil, gas, geothermal energy and groundwater, as well as...
climate change

Is climate change affecting our minds?

Emerging research indicates that climate change impacts on mental health an increasing global concern Climate change is increasingly recognised as one of the greatest threats to human health of the 21st Century, with wide-ranging impacts on individuals, communities, and health systems globally. The latest synthesise evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
system

What can the net energy analyst say to the investor and policymaker?

In the modern energy system, upwards of 10% of the total primary energy supply is expended to find, develop, extract, transform, and transport energy carriers to end-users 1. Some particularly challenging resources, such as heavy oil, require an even larger fractional expenditure for their extraction and processing. This energy...
arctic

A solid footing for the Arctic

EU Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella highlights the need for climate action and environmental protection in the Arctic As preparations for the UN climate conference (COP 21) in Paris this December move into full swing, one region undeniably affected by the changing climate is high on the international agenda....
concete

Durability challenges for new and existing reinforced concrete structures

Concrete and reinforced/pre-stressed concrete is and will be the main construction material for civil engineering infrastructure. Much more than in the past this construction technology faces challenges that have been discussed at the International RILEM workshop held at ETH Zurich in Switzerland on 17-18 April 20121. For new structures that...
smart

Smart standards for a smart world

Henry Lawson, Market Research Consultant at BSRIA examines the possibilities of achieving common standards which are appropriate for the myriad of different “things” that will potentially be part of the Internet of Things I live about 50 miles to the west of London. When I take the train into central...
building renovations

Building renovations – The Nordic way

The Nordic Built “Active Roofs and Facades” project has received support from Nordic Innovation, EUDP(DK), Energimyndigheten( SE) and Rannis(IS) allowing strong development of leading Nordic competences in the area of building renovation. This is achieved by creating transnational Public Private Partnership models to support the development of nearly zero energy...
planning

Planning for the future

Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), established in 1987, is an international association of universities teaching and researching in the field of spatial planning. With over 150 institutional members, AESOP is the only representation of planning schools of Europe. AESOP mobilises its resources, taking a leading role and entering...
urban

The urban dimension of Cohesion Policy

Corina Crețu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy outlines how Europe should be exploiting urban areas to their full potential An important responsibility was bestowed upon me when I came into office as Commissioner for Regional Policy: to lead this policy into the next decade and to exploit its full potential in...

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