Preparing for the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System

In preparation for the launch of the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System, the BioMonitor project participated in this year’s Community of Practice Workshop hosted by...

Horizon 2020 project to create a value chain system for aquaculture

A Horizon 2020 project has developed a sustainable and profitable value chain system for aquaculture production in the Atlantic regions. All Atlantic Ocean Sustainable, Profitable...

New wearable energy harvesting textile harnesses solar power

Researchers create a new energy harvesting textile that allows the wearer to harness solar energy to be converted into electrical energy. According to their 2030...

European biodiversity: 81% of protected habitat in poor condition

The European Commission has published its latest assessment of European biodiversity and a comprehensive overview of the most vulnerable habitats protected under EU law. Intensive...

UK commits to protecting 30% of natural environment by 2030

Today, the British Prime Minister will commit to protecting 30% of the UK’s natural environment and biodiversity by 2030. National parks, ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’, and other protected areas of the UK’s natural environment already comprise approximately 26% of...

Capturing microplastics using acoustics

Scientists at Shinshu University, Japan, have developed a method of capturing microplastics from wastewater using specialist acoustic technologies. Scientists estimate that the amount of plastic reaching the ocean will peak in 2029, with surface plastic weighing more than 860,000 metric...

European Commission launch a €1bn call for green research projects

The European Commission has launched a €1bn call for research projects that respond to issues caused by the current climate crisis. The Commission is looking to fund projects that aim to safeguard Europe's ecosystems and biodiversity. Applications are now open...

UK Green Gas Levy to reduce CO2 emissions by 21.6 million tonnes

The UK Government have announced the launch of a Green Gas Levy to reduce emissions from the gas grid and prevent 21.6 million tonnes of  CO2 entering the atmosphere. Funded by the new Green Gas Levy, the UK Government is...

Investment in renewables will help cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55%

The European Commission aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% over the next decade, with €750bn available through the NextGenerationEU recovery fund to invest in Europe’s green transition. The target, which will position the EU to become...

Climate change and biodiversity: The state of the world’s forests

Will Simonson, Senior Programme Officer for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), discusses some of the main points made in The State of the World’s Forests 2020 report. Published at the close...

COVID-19 waste: plastic pollution worsens in the wake of the pandemic

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) the Earth has been hit by a ‘tidal wave of COVID-19 waste’, including plastic face masks, gloves, hand sanitiser bottles and food packaging. UNCTAD estimates that coronavirus lockdowns have...

Leading the way in crop innovation

The Chief Executive of the UK’s National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Tina Barsby OBE, spoke to The Innovation Platform about the history of the institute and crop innovation. There are many challenges facing crop innovation in the agriculture sector...

The role of citizens in achieving a low-carbon future

Cittadinanzattiva’s Mariano Votta and Tiziana Toto discuss the SI(e)NERGIA and NUDGE projects in the context of how the behaviour of citizens can play a crucial role in energy efficiency and thus a low-carbon, climate resilient future. It is not only...

Livestock health and its relationship with contagious diseases

Professor Andy Peters, programme director of the University of Edinburgh’s Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) project, discusses livestock health and its relationship with contagious diseases. Livestock health plays a crucial role in our lives. Livestock provides meat, milk, and eggs...


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