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The new year has put plastic bags centre-stage in Europe. New measures in Italy and Greece to fight the use of non-biodegradable bags have sparked heated debates, while the EU has launched its ambitious Plastics Strategy
New ways identified to tackle the presence of small fragments of plastics in the environment, to prevent toxic chemicals absorbed into them from entering the food chain
Bacteria in the sea slowly break up oil naturally. But artificially providing them with thriving growth conditions could accelerate oil spill mop-ups.
The most-detailed atmospheric observation system available to date finds applications in forecasting ozone and UV emissions in the Arctic and Antarctic
Improved estimates of anthropogenic emissions contribute to better overall air quality forecasts, thus allowing people to manage health conditions associated with air cleanliness.
European scientists globally monitor wildfires with the help of satellites. The emission data are important for globally and regionally forecasting air quality.
Integrated pest management gains momentum due to European regulations on pesticides reduction. But the challenges are to integrate all alternative methods and to get farmers involved.
Phasing traffic lights according to air pollution rates at the scale of a city district could soon become a reality. But this, first, requires overcoming the complexity of air pollution models.
Science is becoming closer emulating the fiction of the Avatar movie, by deciphering plants’ electrical signals to devise new holistic environmental biosensors
As the link between air pollution and several illnesses has been established, air quality forecast will play an increasing role in mitigating health risk.
Air quality forecasts have become more accurate and will soon become as ubiquitous as weather reports
Sophisticated computer algorithms mimicking the law of physics are used to forecast global air pollution levels
Reducing the use of natural resources and lowering the amount of harmful substances across the life-cycle of a product or process has become a must for innovation. But smaller companies have yet to make it happen.
A reagent capable of removing colour left in the waste water used in the textile industry is an improvement, but choosing quality dyes would lead to less pollution alltogether.
The water quality of the Danube river has improved since measures to reduce pollution have been implemented in1995, but there are areas where the toxic waste loads are still high.
The Arctic represents a unique environment that can tell scientists a great deal about air pollution mechanisms, due to the effect of climate change
Research attempts to balance more efficient uptake during cows’ digestion of nitrogen feed fertiliser to help reduce the level of cattles’ flatulences responsible for generating methane, a greenhouse gas
More accurate data regarding the extent to which greenhouse gases stemming from human activity interplays with the balance of carbon stocks in Europe will soon be available to inform policies. But would that make a difference?
Studies uncover risks and threats to Arctic inhabitant’s health that might be due to contaminants brought by warmer air and sea water currents resulting from climate change
Tiny particles impact our air quality and cause health problems, but European researchers have been discovering how these particles can also influence climate change.