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Changes that occur to nanoparticles in the environment are key to understanding their impact

DG ENV - Wed, 01/08/2018 - 14:21
Available evidence from the last decade, describing the nature, behaviour and effect of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in the environment, has been reviewed. It identified factors that influence ENP distribution and fate and highlighted the existence of significant research gaps which, if filled, would help in understanding the impacts of long-term accumulation of nanomaterials and the changes that occur to them when they are released into the environment.
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Seven UV filters with potential endocrine-disrupting properties found at low levels in eggs of seven wild bird species, national park, Spain

DG ENV - Wed, 01/08/2018 - 14:21
Personal Care Products (PCPs) are of increasing global concern, as thousands of tonnes enter the environment every year. Similar to persistent organic pollutants (POPs), some substances used in PCPs are toxic, persist in the environment and accumulate in the bodies of organisms that take them in. This study focused on the presence of ultraviolet filters (UV-Fs) (used in PCPs such as sunscreens and cosmetics) in the unhatched eggs of wild birds.
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Follow-up to the EU-U.S. Joint Statement of 25 July: Imports of U.S. soybeans increase by over 280%

Presidency - Wed, 01/08/2018 - 12:12
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 August 2018 Today the European Commission has published the latest figures on EU imports of soybeans, showing an increase of 283% in imports of soybeans from the U.S., bringing the EU's total share of imports of U.S.
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Statement by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Donald Trump, President of the United States

Presidency - Thu, 26/07/2018 - 09:22
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Washington, 25 July 2018 . Mister President, Ladies and gentlemen, When I was invited by the President to the White House, I had one intention: I had the intention to make a deal today. And we made a deal today.
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Keynote speech 'Transatlantic relations at a crossroads' by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Presidency - Thu, 26/07/2018 - 01:34
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Washington, 25 July 2018 . Chairman, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a real pleasure to be with you tonight and it was your pleasure to wait for me.
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Keynote speech 'Transatlantic relations at a crossroads' by President Juncker at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Presidency - Thu, 26/07/2018 - 01:20
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Washington, 26 July 2018   Chairman, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a real pleasure to be with you tonight and it was your pleasure to wait for me.
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Joint U.S.-EU Statement following President Juncker's visit to the White House

Presidency - Wed, 25/07/2018 - 22:33
European Commission - Statement Washington, 25 July 2018 We met today in Washington, D.C. to launch a new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union – a phase of close friendship, of strong trade relations in which both of us will win, of working better...
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Letter by President Juncker to Prime Minister Tsipras

Presidency - Tue, 24/07/2018 - 11:25
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 24 July 2018 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has written to Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, to express his condolences for the loss of lives following forest fires in the country:   Dear Prime Minister,   It is with a heavy heart that I...
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Scientists calculate risks of further earthquakes from gas drilling in Groningen, the Netherlands

DG ENV - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:50
A recent overview and analysis shows that increasing amounts of gas drilling at Groningen, the largest gas field in Europe, led to a dramatic rise in regional earthquakes between 2001 and 2013. After a reduction in extraction was introduced by the Dutch Government, earthquake numbers started to fall. Statistical analysis reveals that if high extraction rates were resumed, about 35 earthquakes, with a magnitude (M) of over 1.5 on the Richter scale, might occur annually from the year 2021 onwards, including four with a damaging magnitude of over 2.5.
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Understanding aluminium scrap qualities can contribute to circular economy goals (Austria)

DG ENV - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:50
The potential of recycling aluminium scrap in Austria has been modelled in a new study. A surplus of mixed aluminium scrap is expected by 2045 if no advanced sorting technologies are applied. Increased demand for wrought aluminium alloys could mean this surplus occurs sooner. New methods to intensively sort aluminium could prevent this excess and contribute towards REACH1 recycling and climate targets.
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New energy-positive waste-water treatment process uses just 15% of the energy required for current alternative

DG ENV - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:50
Conventional municipal waste-water treatment processes are based on aeration, which is energy intensive. Now, researchers have developed an alternative waste-water treatment process. In addition to avoiding the use of aeration in favour of filtration/biofiltration and encapsulated denitrification (the application of capsules containing nitrifiers, which convert ammonium into nitrate), the process also uses waste biosolids to generate electrical energy. The process has been tested in a pilot facility and found to require just 15% of the energy required for conventional approaches. Moreover, the process is energy positive, as the biosolids are able to generate more than enough energy to power the treatment plant. If this technology could be scaled up to the municipal level, it could significantly reduce the energy use and environmental impacts of waste-water treatment.
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More plants and less snow at high elevation in the French Alps

DG ENV - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:50
Satellite images taken over a 30-year period have shown that a French national park in the Alps has become greener with more vegetation, as snow cover disappears under a changing climate. These landscape changes have important implications for alpine biodiversity and ecosystem services, warn the scientists behind the study.
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Flying insects in west German nature reserves suffer decline of more than 76% (1973–2000)

DG ENV - Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:50
Insect numbers in west German nature reserves have fallen by more than 76% in just 27 years, according to a new study. The fall was even higher in the summer months, with 82% on average fewer insects being recorded. The reasons for this dramatic fall are unclear. The researchers ruled out changes in weather, plant cover and local landscape playing a significant role in the observed decline, but suggest that intensive agriculture and pesticides in fields near to the reserves could be responsible. Whatever the cause, the catastrophic fall in insect numbers will inevitably lead to knock-on effects on ecosystems in the long term, particularly due to their essential role as pollinators and their position in the food web. The researchers say that preserving and protecting insects should now be a priority for conservation policies.
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Statement on the visit of President Juncker to Washington

Presidency - Tue, 17/07/2018 - 16:03
European Commission - Announcement Brussels, 17 July 2018 President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Washington on 25 July 2018 where he will be received by President Donald J. Trump at the White House. The two leaders will discuss the deep cooperation between the European Union and the United States government...
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Statement by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press conference with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan at the EU-Japan Summit

Presidency - Tue, 17/07/2018 - 12:05
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Tokyo, 17 July 2018 Prime Minister Abe, Dear Shinzō, I would like to start by offering once again my deepest condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the tragic floods and landslides in Western Japan.
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EU and Japan sign Economic Partnership Agreement

Presidency - Tue, 17/07/2018 - 11:30
European Commission - Press release Tokyo, 17 July 2018 At the EU-Japan summit in Tokyo, Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signed today the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
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President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press conference with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China at the EU-China Summit

Presidency - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 08:33
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Beijing, 16 July 2018 Prime Minister, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I am delighted to be back in Beijing for this 20th EU-China Summit. I first visited China in 1996 as Prime Minister of Luxembourg and it is always a pleasure to...
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A circular economy for earth metals in industrial waste: the politics of vanadium

DG ENV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:40
A successful circular economy for valuable metals needs more than just effective recycling technologies, as a new study shows. The research, which explored the governance of recovering vanadium from steel-industry waste, revealed that industry stakeholders feel the prospect of financial gain, or reduced costs, through recovery is too distant at present. This perception could hinder a circular economy for critical materials from industrial residue, the study warns.
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A new approach to evaluating the sustainability of substituting raw materials

DG ENV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:40
If the EU is to combat resource scarcity, it is necessary to develop and refine strategies for substituting raw materials with sustainable alternatives, such as recovered by-products from waste. A recent study presents a new approach for evaluating the sustainability of raw materials’ substitutions, based on the quantification of the embodied energy (energy required to produce the material from ores and feedstock) and carbon dioxide footprint (greenhouse gasses produced and released into the atmosphere during the production of the material) of both the raw material and its proposed substitute. The evaluation method has been applied to a real case, where it indicates that substituting a raw material (calcite) with stabilised fly ash for use as a filler in polypropylene composites in plastic manufacturing may be sustainable. The study also highlights the need for additional policy tools and legislation to encourage Europe’s transition towards a circular economy.
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Limited resource efficiency achievements for international trade, with concerns over material use

DG ENV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:40
International trade has increasingly relied on material resources since the 1990s, according to a new study. The research used the most detailed global computer model available for capturing the effects of international trade on the environment and on the efficiency of resource use between 1995–2011. Sharp increases in the trade of cheap ‘fast fashion’ and mass market electronics are highlighted as two of the fastest growing drivers of this change in material inefficiency.
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