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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

Articles from Science for Environment Policy

DG Environment News Alert Service

Hidden carbon emissions from trade offsets impacts of reforestation
Countries that appear to have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through reforestation may have simply "displaced" the emissions to another country, by increasing their imports of food, timber and wood. A new EU study highlights the need to recognise this 'loophole' in ongoing emission targets. Download article (PDF)

Shale gas extraction linked to water contamination
A new study suggests shale gas extraction leads to methane contamination of underground water sources and calls for thorough surveys of methane levels at extraction sites. The study presents a timely insight into a relatively under-researched area of science that will help support decisions on the future of shale gas exploration. Download article (PDF)

Does ISO 14001 certification reduce industry pollution?
Companies with environmental standard ISO 14001 certification may emit just as much air pollution as non-certified companies, according to a recent study. The results suggest companies see ISO 14001 as a way to appear environmentally responsible rather than to actively improve their environmental credentials. Download article (PDF)

How will biodiversity loss compromise Earth's life support systems?
Scientists have evaluated two decades of research into declining biodiversity and concluded unequivocally that loss of species richness leads to a reduction in how well ecosystems function. The researchers evaluated the evidence for key biodiversity theories and predicted that scientific progress in the next five to ten years will provide the information we need to efficiently conserve certain ecological processes. Download article (PDF)

Extreme weather warning system improves water management
A new study indicates that water management in the Netherlands uses a reliable warning system for extreme weather, which can incorporate wind and coastal surge level forecasts, as well as precipitation forecasts. Download article (PDF)

Climate change impacts not yet detectable in river flow data
Recent research suggests that annual maximum peak discharge data in central Europe over the last century contain no detectable signs of climate change. Human activity, such as hydro-electric schemes, land use changes or river course alterations, which may form part of climate change adaptation in many policy areas, have until now had greater impact on peak discharge than climate change itself. Download article (PDF)
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