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Speech by Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on the occasion of the 75th birthday of Wolfgang Schäuble

Presidency - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 12:48
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Offenburg, 18 September 2017 Dear Wolfgang, dear Ingeborg, Dear family, dear Regional Chairman, Ladies and gentlemen, I have been told that I have ten minutes for my speech.
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‘Emerging risks’ identified as first of four key stages in a risk cycle

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
The phrase ‘emerging risk’ has been widely used in scientific and business communities, but without consensus on how to define and govern such a risk. A new study proposes that risk emergence goes through four states, from ‘unknown unknowns’ to risks that are fully in the public domain. Understanding emergence as a process can help decision makers detect and manage risks on the basis of scientific evidence.
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Closed-loop recycling of photovoltaic panel materials could mitigate up to 0.2% of Flanders’ annual environmental impact

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
The development of future recycling technologies must be informed by data about products and materials that will enter the waste stream, but such forecasts are subject to a high level of uncertainty. In this study, researchers have proposed a methodology for predicting emerging waste materials, applying it to silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) panels. The findings show that closed-loop recycling — when post-consumer waste is recycled to make new products — of PV panel materials could mitigate up to 0.2% of the annual environmental impact of Flanders1, Belgium, if suitable technology was developed.
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New nanomaterials could purify water contaminated with heavy metals

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
Researchers have analysed the ability of two organic nanomaterials to remove the heavy metal chromium from water. In the laboratory, the nanomaterials successfully took up around 95% of the chromium. Further work is needed to confirm the feasibility of using these nanomaterials to purify water in real-world conditions.
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Tall sedge in biofiltration systems removes the majority of dissolved phosphorus from greywater

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
The pathways for removal of dissolved phosphorus within biofiltration systems have been examined in a new study. Over 95% of phosphorus was removed over the study period, with the majority of phosphorus stored within plants. The researchers say the findings demonstrate the value of using suitable plant species within biofiltration systems to treat polluted water.
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Environmental hazards due to climate change set to increase in Europe — with regional differences

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
Researchers have modelled the exposure to multiple hazards across different regions of Europe in relation to heat, cold, drought, wildfire, flooding and wind. The study indicated that, over the next century, environmental hazards are likely to increase, particularly along coastlines and on floodplains, and that south-western Europe is likely to be the worst-hit region.
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Environmental DNA survey technique for deepwater fish can complement trawl surveys

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
A survey of deepwater fisheries off the coast of Greenland which used traces of fish DNA has produced similar results to trawl surveys and fishing catches. The ‘environmental DNA’ (eDNA) technique can therefore complement trawl data, the researchers say. It may be particularly useful for surveying large species — which can often avoid bottom trawls — or cryptic species1 in inaccessible ocean areas.
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The economic impact of climate change on European agriculture

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
A new study has estimated how changes to climate might affect the value of European farmland. Based on data for over 41 000 farms, the results suggest that their economic value could drop by up to 32%, depending on the climate scenario considered. Farms in southern Europe are particularly sensitive to climate change and could suffer value losses of up to 9% per 1 °C rise. The researchers say policy, on water and land use, for example, will be crucial to help farmers adapt to climate change and mitigate economic losses.
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Nanoparticle release from self-cleaning cement: new study considers how much escapes into the environment, and how

DG ENV - Tue, 19/09/2017 - 10:25
New figures on how much titanium dioxide nanomaterial (TiO2-NM) could be released into the environment from photocatalytic cement — a new type of self-cleaning cement — are presented in a recent study. Based on experimental test results, the researchers estimate that between 0.015% and 0.033% of photocatalytic cement’s TiO2-NM content could potentially escape over several years of cement use, depending on the level of cement porosity. The study could help inform environmental risk assessment of TiO2-NM, as well as safer design of nano-products (i.e. commercialised products incorporating nanomaterials).
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The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

Presidency - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 10:23
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 September 2017 The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year...
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PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER'S State of the Union Address 2017

Presidency - Wed, 13/09/2017 - 10:12
European Commission - Speech Brussels, 13 September 2017 INTRODUCTION – WIND IN OUR SAILS Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, When I stood before you this time last year, I had a somewhat easier speech to give.
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14 September 2017: #AskJuncker - YouTube debate with President Juncker on the State of the Union Speech

Presidency - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Tuesday 14 September 2017, at 14h00, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will take part in a debate with three young 'YouTubers', to discuss his State of the Union address, delivered the previous day at the European Parliament.
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Assessing the environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials

DG ENV - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 13:00
Engineering at the nanoscale brings the promise of radical technological development — clean energy, highly effective medicines and space travel. But technology at this scale also brings safety challenges. Nano-sized particles are not inherently more toxic than larger particles, but the effects are complex and vary based on particle properties as well as chemical toxicity. This Report brings together the latest science on environmental safety considerations specific to manufactured nanoscale materials, and some possible implications for policy and research.
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Nature-based flood management needs joined-up policy approach to manage benefits and trade-offs

DG ENV - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 13:00
Natural water-retention measures, which ‘keep the rain where it falls’, have great potential to be used as part of flood-risk management plans. But their benefits for downstream urban areas can bring costs to the upstream agricultural areas where they are installed, a recent analysis explains. The researchers behind this analysis suggest that we need new and/or improved policies and institutions to oversee the trade-offs and benefits for agriculture and flood management, and a better scientific understanding of the measures’ likely impact on urban flood risk.
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Farmland abandonment risk highlighted in new UK study

DG ENV - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 13:00
Traditional, high-nature-value (HNV) grasslands are at risk of being abandoned by farmers in the future — in turn, risking the wildlife they support, warns a new UK study. Farmers interviewed by the researchers had weak motivations to protect grasslands, as they felt that financial incentives for conservation are low and that traditional management practices are inconvenient. More dialogue between farmers and conservationists could be part of the solution, the study suggests.
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New light-based method for detecting and monitoring algal blooms

DG ENV - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 13:00
Algal blooms in inland and marine waters could be detected and monitored more accurately in future, thanks to a new assessment method. Scientists have developed a new algorithm for sensors which identify emerging blooms of cyanobacteria based on the behaviour of light reflected by the algae’s pigment. Importantly, the algorithm may reduce uncertainty in estimations of algal concentrations by distinguishing between two different types of pigment.
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Which new low-carbon technologies can be developed and commercialised quickly? New research offers analysis

DG ENV - Mon, 04/09/2017 - 13:00
A new study provides clues as to which innovative low-carbon technologies will successfully get onto the market quickly. The historical analysis of 16 energy technologies — from steam engines to wind power — found that the average length of a product’s ‘formative phase’ is 22 years. This important period of innovation in a technology’s development is shorter for products which do not need extensive new infrastructure or changes to user behaviour. The findings could help policymakers identify new technologies that can be deployed more rapidly to meet short-term environmental targets.
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Statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker following the incident in Turku, Finland

Presidency - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 18:31
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 18 August 2017 It is with great concern that I have learnt of the violent attacks in Turku, Finland. While details are still emerging, we strongly condemn this unprovoked attack which comes only 24 hours after the horror that unfolded in Spain.
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Statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker following the attack in Barcelona

Presidency - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:34
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 17 August 2017   "It is with profound sorrow and anguish that I have learnt of the terrorist attack that has struck at the heart of Barcelona this afternoon. I send my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims,...
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Nordic countries demonstrate the potential of low-carbon energy policies

DG ENV - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 12:32
How are Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden moving towards renewable and lower-carbon energy use? A recent study suggests the key areas for progress, to ensure Nordic countries meet low carbon goals, include more renewable and decentralised electricity supply, the development of low-carbon transport systems, improved energy efficiency in building design and industrial use of carbon capture and storage.
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