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Mitigating our carbon footprint
Mitigating our carbon footprint
Scientists keep producing increasingly complex modelling tools to evaluate urgently needed mitigating strategies of our carbon footprint .  However, it is policy makers who have to decide on measures to curb our CO2 emissions.
Shrub hub
Shrub hub
The EU’s driest region is Murcia in Spain. But it is also an area of intensive agriculture for such arid land.
Plastic waste set in concrete
Plastic waste set in concrete
In Europe more than 12 million tonnes of mixed plastic waste are dumped on landfills every year, according to a report from NUMIX scientists. The recycling of plastic into usable products has proven difficult .
Mopping up oil spills
Mopping up oil spills
Eco-symbiosis is en vogue. Indeed, this approach consists in using waste from one industry as raw material for another. It appears like an ideal solution for one of the most challenging type of pollution: oil spills .
Art gets its digital passport
Art gets its digital passport
Imagine that a hundred years ago it was possible to take the ‘digital fingerprint’ of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and store it in an international database.
Climate in a teacup
Climate in a teacup
Making planning decisions about cities today means keeping an eye on climate change predictions.  More flash floods are expected, for example.
Stephen Stansfeld: studying the effect of noise pollution on people’s health
Stephen Stansfeld: studying the effect of noise pollution on people’s health
Caring about a sound environment, Stephen Stansfeld has been studying the effect of noise pollution on people’s health and their remedy.
Juggling with air pollutant data
Juggling with air pollutant data
New air pollutant emission targets have just been introduced in the EU. Chance of meeting these new targets has recently been tremendously improved by considerable progress on how emissions from different sources are measured and estimated.
“On top of the sea level rise, London is sinking already”
“On top of the sea level rise, London is sinking already”
“It’s around one metre, bang there in the middle”. Professor Tim Lenton, professor of Earth Systems Science at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, sounds very pleased when he hears that policy-makers now officially revise the estimated sea level rise for London to around +94 cm within a century.
Palms, a reliable climate change indicator in Europe
Palms, a reliable climate change indicator in Europe
Lovingly tended to as far as Kristianstad in Sweden, palms have never had it so good in Northern European gardens. The UK, which has not had a seriously cold winter for about 10 years, is a case in point.
No Bees No Fruits
No Bees No Fruits
Scientists of the European research project ALARM (Assessing LArge scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods) achieved an alarming result: pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands are declining in parallel.
London below Sea Level
London below Sea Level
London planners should prepare for the possibility that the sea level rise will be up +94 centimetres by the end of this century.
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