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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

Articles from Science for Environment Policy

DG Environment News Alert Service

Carbon footprint of food adds up along the food chain
A recent study from Finland on the carbon footprint of food can help producers and consumers make choices that lower the food chain´s impact on climate change, by highlighting hotspots in the food chain for improvement and revealing food´s overall impact.
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L´Aquila earthquake of 2009 offers lessons in disaster response
By analysing previous disasters, lessons learnt can be incorporated into policies and plans to manage the effects of future disasters. A recent study examining the 2009 L´Aquila earthquake in Italy suggests that although the national response effectively dealt with the emergency, longer-term measures to help local populations cope with the aftermath of the disaster need to be set out more clearly.
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Soil POP concentrations in decline
Overall concentrations of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in soil have declined, according to research conducted in Norway and the UK. The researchers suggest that there has been a reduced influence of primary sources of some POPs on soils for these two countries in recent years.
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Distillery sludge used to treat radioactive sites
Mining uranium ore leaves sites contaminated with toxic, radioactive material. According to a new study, contaminated sites can be treated with sludge from the treatment of distillery wastewater in bioreactors. The study demonstrates an efficient method for decontamination of groundwater based on bacteria in sludge that naturally convert uranium into an insoluble form that can be more easily removed.
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What effect will the Water Framework Directive have on local planners?
For successful implementation of the Water Framework Directive1, local planners will need specific targets, guidance on interpretation, and adequate resources to monitor progress, according to a recent study from Sweden.
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Climate and land use change to affect malaria spread in tropical Africa
A recent study has projected changes in the spread of malaria caused by climate change and climate variability in Africa by including the effect of variations in land use on local climate. It concludes that the risk of malaria epidemics is likely to shift from the north to the south of the Sahel, and to highland areas previously free of the disease.
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