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Microplastics widely detected in freshwaters, yet most studies are not fully reliable

Microplastics are widely detected in freshwater, wastewater and a limited number of drinking water studies. But the majority of the studies (92% of the reviewed studies) cannot be considered fully complete or reliable on at least one crucial aspect... read more >>


Risk assessment of pesticides

Use of pesticides in agriculture. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

According to European Union guidelines, the use of pesticides must not lead to a decline in biodiversity. A large number of studies have revealed, however, that the current use of chemical pesticides has harmful effects on ecosystems and biological... read more >>


How can the financial sector protect their portfolios against climate change?

The physical impacts of climate change, such as flooding and extreme weather events, can have significant financial impact. Yet most companies are not accounting for physical climate risk, as The Economist pointed out recently. A new report provides... read more >>


The number of people affected by food crises remains at alarming levels

More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance in 2018, according to a new report published today in Brussels. read more >>


Testing fish DNA: a cost effective way to tackle fraud

A new study shows that authorities can reap the benefits of investing in fish DNA analysis techniques to enforce EU laws and protect sustainable fishing activities. read more >>


Knowledge gap closed in our understanding of degradation of ethane

Formation of small vesicles indicate that Candidatus Argoarchaeum ethanivorans divide by budding. Photo: Matthias Schmidt / UFZ.

With a share of up to ten percent, ethane is the second most common component of natural gas and is present in deep-seated land and marine gas deposits all around the world. Up to now, it was unclear how ethane is degraded in the absence of oxygen. A... read more >>


Climate extremes hitting maize production could become the new norm by 2020

Even with an increase in global temperatures of just 1.5 °C, the worst production losses experienced by maize producers so far are likely to become increasingly frequent. read more >>


Antibiotics in water and the risk of drug-resistant bacteria

A JRC report brings together data on antibiotic levels in water, showing that small concentrations have found their way into a range of Europe's waterbodies. read more >>


New estimate - every ninth species in Finland is threatened

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and Ministry of the Environment report A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22 000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened,... read more >>


Global change shrinks habitat of Asian elephants

Asian elephants Photo: Priya Davidar & Jean-Philippe Puyravaud

Asian elephants could lose up to 42 percent of their habitats in India and Nepal. read more >>