Climate Change and Environment

New research has shown that the Greenland ice sheet will melt 60 % more by 2100 than scientists had thought, pushing rising sea levels from 10 cm to 18 cm.
Aiming to inform policies that lead to real emissions reductions, an EU-backed workshop highlighted four principles for defining CO2 removal from the atmosphere.
Two EU-backed Dutch companies have created the first offshore solar and seaweed farm in the North Sea, making solar energy production and seaweed cultivation possible in the same space.
Knowledge exchange and practice sharing are by now well-recognised and active routes to affecting change, and even more so when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection. A global programme is charting its own impactful course in this domain, empowering local governments and urban nature pioneers to lift barriers on the path to a resilient and sustainable urban future.
A new EU-backed study shows that cutting emissions to meet the 1.5 °C and 2 °C temperature targets could slow warming within 2 decades.
An EU-funded study has shown that the additives and contaminants that plastic particles leave behind in water can cause deformities in sea urchin embryos.
An EU-funded project team is developing and testing smart nets, smart scanners and other technologies to help combat overfishing.
An EU-funded study looked into the scenario framework’s successes so far and the issues that need to be tackled, providing recommendations on how to address them.
During European Hydrogen Week, stakeholders discussed the achievements of EU-funded flagship projects advancing hydrogen technology in the transport sector.
Using novel techniques, EU-backed researchers reconstruct the mass extinction that almost wiped out all species 252 million years ago.
An EU-funded project demonstrates the potential of sustainable bio-based composite applications in the aerospace, acoustics and automotive sectors.
An EU-funded project team received a research grant from an international organisation to apply their bio-inspired desalination solution to farmland in Oman.
An EU-backed project team is developing lightweight, energy-smart insulating glass units that could achieve up to 70 % energy savings in heating and cooling.
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.
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