An extensive field investigation discovered that 38% of soils in southwest England show signs of enhanced surface water runoff due to soil degradation. The study also revealed which types of fields and soils are linked to the most or least degradation.
Small field wetlands are a simple and effective way to reduce soil erosion and nutrient pollution, recent research suggests. The authors adapted Norwegian designs for the UK environment and created a series of small rectangular lakes on the edges of agricultural fields. After three years, the wetlands had prevented tonnes of soil from leaving the land, and helped alleviate some of the nutrient run-off that would have affected neighbouring waterways.
In the face of substantial evidence that modern land use management practices have increased runoff at the local scale, a new study reveals changes in local land use management practices can reduce the risk of local flooding. However, there is little evidence so far that these local increases in runoff culminate in large-scale flooding effects. To address this lack of evidence, the researchers present a model that maps the downstream rate of flow back to its source areas.
Land use changes over the last century in the Mediterranean area may be sparking shifts in weather patterns locally, across Europe, and around the globe, suggests a new study. The findings bring to light new complexities that can be integrated into climate models and predictions.
Land use changes over time have altered relations between soils and water cycles throughout the world. Soils have been lost and degraded, and the closely interlinked processes of soils and water have become an urgent issue for European policymakers. This Thematic Issue aims to provide a review of new research into the links between soil and water issues in Europe, including a message that the soil-water links must be considered at their proper spatial scales.
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Salamanque, 9 November 2017 Monsieur le Recteur de l'Université de Salamanca, Monsieur le Président du Gouvernement, mon cher ami Mariano, Messieurs les Ministres, chers amis, Monsieur le Président de la Communauté autonome, Monsieur le Maire, quelle chance que vous avez d'être maire...
EU Emissions Trading System: landmark agreement between Parliament and Council delivers on EU's commitment to turn Paris Agreement into reality
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 9 November 2017 The European Parliament and Council have today reached a provisional agreement to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period after 2020. This revision will contribute to put the EU on track to achieving a significant part of its...
Remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press briefing with Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 8 November 2017 Добър ден (dobur den) – for those who are less fluent in Bulgarian than I am, that means "Good afternoon". I had the enormous pleasure to welcome my good friend Boyko Borissov at the Commission.
Driving Clean Mobility: Questions & Answers on the initiatives that protect the planet, empower its consumers, and defend its industry and workers
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 8 November 2017 Driving Clean Mobility: Questions & Answers on the initiatives that protect the planet, empower its consumers, and defend its industry and workers 1. Overview & expected benefits Why is the Commission proposing these new initiatives? In 2016, the European...
Statement by Commissioner Tibor Navracsics: 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Marie Skłodowska-Curie - A timeless Source of Inspiration
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 7 November 2017 On 7 November 2017, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska-Curie's birth. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only female scientist who was awarded the Prize twice, in both physics and chemistry.
European - Press release Commission Lisbon, 7 November 2017 Today, the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1,000,000 to Paris (France). The iCapital award, granted under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, recognises Paris for its inclusive innovation strategy.
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 November 2017 The EU expects this year's UN climate conference (COP23) to reaffirm once again the international community's commitment to stepping up the global response to climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 6 November 2017 UN climate change conference in Bonn - questions and answers 1. Why another climate change conference? Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) and the Kyoto Protocol  meet once a year at high level to discuss how...
Commission to invest €30 billion in new solutions for societal challenges and breakthrough innovation
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 27 October 2017 The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 27 October 2017 Questions and answers What is in the new Work Programme? Spanning seven years (2014 - 2020) and with a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme ever.
Presentation of the 2018 Commission Work Programme to the European Parliament by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 24 October 2017 I have just come from the College where we agreed on our Work Programme for 2018 and I am pleased to be here to present it to you straight away this afternoon.
Speech by President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 19 and 20 October 2017 and presentation of the Leaders' Agenda
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Strasbourg, 24 October 2017 Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Président du Conseil européen, Mesdames et messieurs les députés, Mon intervention sera brève parce que, à part quelques nuances peu importantes, je partage entièrement les points de vue qui ont été...
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: Most people living in European cities are exposed to poor air quality. Road transport, agriculture, power plants, industry and households are the biggest emitters of air pollutants in Europe.
20 October 2017: European Union receives the prestigious Premio Princesa de Asturias de la Concordia award
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On 20 October 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, will travel to Spain to receive, on behalf of the European Union, the Premio Princesa de Asturias de la...
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 16 October 2017 The following joint statement was issued by President Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister Theresa May following their working dinner in Brussels on 16 October 2017: "The Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission had a broad, constructive exchange on current...