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Climate crisis: what can trees really do for us?

By the power of sunlight, forests turn huge amounts of carbon in the air into food: sugars for themselves and leaves, bark and roots that feed animals and microbes. Respiration, which happens in the cells of all living things in the forest, releases energy from that food and carbon dioxide (CO₂) back into the air.…

Saving Europe’s medicinal plants from extinction

Herbal remedies have been handed down through generations for centuries. Sadly, many of our ancient populations of medicinal plants are now under threat of extinction due to environmental pressure and degradation. Overexploitation of land in combination with climate change poses a never-before experienced threat to ecosystems and their inhabitants. Among the casualties are the plants…

Bridging the connection between printed and digital books

Yearning for a book that looks, feels and smells like an ordinary book, but that you can also connect wirelessly to digital devices? Well, your wish may soon come true thanks to a Greek start-up backed by an EU-funded project. As any book lover will tell you, there’s nothing quite like holding a book in…

European City Facility: third call opens on 15 October

The European City Facility (EUCF) assists municipalities with fast and simplified financial support of €60,000 for developing investment concepts delivering local sustainable energy projects. More than €2 million of funding are available through a series of regional calls to support over 200 municipalities over the next two years. The EUCF funding is open to municipalities/local authorities,…

EU-funded scientist wins Chemistry Nobel Prize

Groundbreaking research into molecular construction has earned German chemist Benjamin List the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, making him the third EU-backed laureate this year. It has been a rewarding year for Europe. Right on the heels of the Physics prize awarded to two EU-backed scientists, a third—Benjamin List—has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in…

Two EU-backed scientists win the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics

Their pioneering work in complex physical systems has earned German climate modeller Klaus Hasselmann and Italian theoretical physicist Giorgio Parisi the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics, which they share with US-based climatologist Syukuro Manabe. EU-funded scientists Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics. They share the award with a…

Nurturing the growth and development of the organic sector

The EU Green Deal sets a target for 25 per cent of agricultural land to be organic by 2030. Meeting this ambitious goal demands continuous research and innovation in sustainable food production. The CORE Organic Cofund is helping to drive this transition by increasing cooperation between international research activities. Delivering on the EU’s ambitions for…

How variety can be the spice of life for EU farms

Europe’s agricultural success has come at the cost of a reliance on a small number of high-yielding crops, supported by high inputs of fertilisers and pesticides. Diversifying the crops we grow can support the ecological processes necessary to preserve biodiversity and ensure healthier and more sustainable diets. The industrialisation of agriculture, with the corresponding focus…

Quenching the world’s thirst with off-grid water desalination

Desalination is the answer to long-term water security, but it’s also expensive and energy-intensive. The good news is that scientists are developing some viable solutions. The first desalination plant in Europe was built in Spain nearly a half century ago. Since then, facilities have sprung up in water-stressed regions throughout Europe. Just a few years…

Offshore wind platform prototype gets thumbs up

A hybrid concrete-plastic floating platform and its components have been validated for offshore wind energy use. Winds are a boundless source of energy, growing stronger and more stable the farther away you move from the coast. While this makes offshore sites ideal for setting up wind farms, the deeper waters make such endeavours more technologically…

LIFE projects contribute to Bulgaria anti-poison Action Plan

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Environment and Water recently approved the country’s National Action Plan to combat the illicit use of poisons in the wild. Two LIFE projects helped the Plan come to fruition.  As birds are often the victims of poisoning, it is fitting that the Action Plan was developed by the Bulgarian Society for the protection of Birds (BSPB) in close collaboration with the LIFE RE-Vultures and Egyptian Vulture New…

Getting fit to fight cancer

Survival rates for cancer are improving, but it is still the leading cause of death by disease for those over one year of age in the European Union (EU). Could exercise hold one of the keys to combatting cancer?  And if so, how much physical activity is needed to show real benefits in both children and adults?…

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths

For parts of southern Europe, extreme heatwaves are now the rule, not the exception. New accurate and reliable weather prediction models could help regions better ‘anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from’ these increasingly extreme weather events. To paraphrase a popular song from the early 2000s, “it’s getting hot in here”—especially in southern Europe.…