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What if fashion were good for the planet? [Science and Technology podcast]

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, coming just after oil. Clothing manufacture and consumption have a huge negative impact on both the environment and people. Continue reading

Our natural resources: focus on water

Written by Didier Bourguignon Green Week, the annual conference on European environment policy, takes place from 3 to 5 June 2015. This year’s edition, labelled ‘Nature – our health, our wealth’, has nature, biodiversity and natural resources as its main themes. The European Commission plans to carry out a major review of European Union legislation on nature in 2016, … Continue reading

Safeguarding biological diversity: EU policy and international agreements

Updated on 12 May 2016 Written by Didier Bourguignon, Biodiversity – the diversity of life on earth at all levels – is declining, mainly as a result of human-induced pressures such as over-exploitation of natural resources, loss of viable habitats, pollution, climate change or invasive alien species. Globally, the decline of habitats and species continues, … Continue reading

Exploiting resources from the deep sea

Written by Nera Kuljanic Exploration and exploitation of the deep sea in search of marine minerals and genetic resources have received increased attention over the past 15 years. Developments in biotechnology and sub-marine technologies, together with the scarcity and rising prices of new materials, are changing the business case for extending activities in the marine … Continue reading

A new STOA Panel for the new European Parliament

The European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Panel (known as STOA) has had its political leadership mandate renewed for the next two and a half years at a constituent meeting held during the recent European Parliament (EP) plenary session week in Strasbourg. On 22nd October 2014, MEPs appointed to the STOA Panel by parliamentary committees … Continue reading

Sustainable management of natural resources

Will we be able to feed the world if our population reaches 10 billion people? UN population projections suggest that the population will reach ten billion between 2050 and 2100. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that food production has to rise 60% over the next 40 years to feed a growing population … Continue reading

STOA: providing scientific advice to the European Parliament

STOA is the Science and Technology Options Assessment body, established in 1987 and now part of the European Parliament Research Services Directorate General. STOA provides Members and Committees of the European Parliament with independent, science-based evidence for policy making. It carries out projects to assess the impact of introducing or promoting new technologies and the … Continue reading

Fluorinated greenhouse gases

6 language versions available in PDF format Fluorierte Treibhausgase Gases fluorados de efecto invernadero Gaz à effet de serre fluorés Gas fluorurati a effetto serra Fluorowane gazy cieplarniane Fluorinated greenhouse gases Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), which are widely used in heat pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, account for a growing proportion of EU greenhouse-gas … Continue reading

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