Climate Change and Environment

Three EU-funded studies explore European kitchen cleaning habits and the food safety knowledge and practices of Romanian consumers.
An EU-funded team studied a common weed to find out why some plants are infected by more viruses than others. They discovered that the answer lies in the plant’s genetic differences.
The latest turbine deployed at the Shetland Tidal Array is playing its part in reducing tidal energy costs by a third, making tidal energy competitive with fossil fuels.
The TiPES project was launched in September 2019 and its primary objective is to better quantify the tipping elements that are present in the climate system and to ensure that climate projections also include these in their calculations. The project has been highly active recently, pumping out several fascinating studies, including a very recent one that argues that droughts in the Amazon rainforest can be predicted up to 18 months in advance.
Whilst this Results Pack has already comprehensively introduced you to several important Black Sea-related projects, in order to highlight further the variety of work that contributes to Black Sea research, five other projects also definitely deserve a positive mention. These range from sectorial aspects to research policy governance and networking, to name but a few!
An EU-funded research team released the initial results of its first geothermal electricity production field test in an oil well in France.
Using satellite infrared observations, researchers have generated more accurate estimates of the oceans’ annual uptake of CO2. It’s much worse than previous estimates showed.
EU-funded researchers have found their CO2-based heating and cooling solutions a good fit for stores operating in a southern European climate.
EU-funded researchers present their plan of action for data-driven, collaborative city decision-making.
How are EU-backed researchers working to make heating, cooling and electricity supply in residential buildings cheaper and more environmentally friendly? By developing innovative systems based on heat pumps with natural refrigerants and multiple renewable sources.
EU-backed scientists are using changes in ocean salinity to study the impact of climate change on the global water cycle. What’s different about their technique? They’re not only measuring salinity on the ocean surface but up to a depth of 2 000 m.
An EU initiative is making great strides in developing a decentralised and cost-efficient energy trading platform to create climate-friendly and sustainable urban environments.
A group of experts has identified various barriers to the execution of the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle in energy planning, policymaking and investment decisions throughout Europe.
An international team of researchers has provided detailed data on increasing concentrations of methane in the atmosphere, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG).
Partners of an EU initiative have unveiled a recently assembled full-scale section of a ship’s hull made of composite materials to help reduce energy and maintenance costs.
An outdoor art exhibition displays murals painted on renovated Soviet-era buildings. The paintings’ history is displayed in Estonian and English, highlighting their relevance for both citizens and visitors.
Decisions on how to build back economies after the coronavirus pandemic will impact the global warming trajectory, according to an international team of researchers.
A team of EU-funded researchers has analysed the effects of climate change on air conditioning (AC) use and its inevitable impact on electricity consumption.
A species of jelly resorts to eating its own offspring to thrive in new habitats and cope with food shortages, according to new research.
An EU initiative is encouraging active involvement and collaboration of all members of society for the creation of a circular water economy.
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