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WEF: EarthTime combines dramatic images from space with expert analysis of how humans are changing the planet

New website EarthTime, to launch on World Earth Day (22 April), combines NASA satellite imagery with over 300 free, open-source geospatial datasets to show humanity’s impact on the planet EarthTime uses experts to track and connect patterns between a range of topics from deforestation … Read the full press release

TÜV Rheinland’s Green Product Mark recognised by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

COLOGNE, 23-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — TÜV Rheinland, a global leader in independent technical services, has extended its sustainability leadership with the recognition of its Green Product Mark by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This new inclusion of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) … Read the full press release

FrieslandCampina to propose to its members the introduction of a certified Top Dairy line with extra focus on animals, nature, and climate

Introducing a Top Dairy line with extra focus on animals, nature, and climate; well-balanced milk supply based on market-driven growth Amersfoort, the NETHERLANDS, 19-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Today (16 April 2018), FrieslandCampina has announced that it will accelerate and further expedite … Read the full press release

Shortlisted finalists for the 2018 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition announced

The shortlisted finalists for the 2018 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced (see box below for full list). LONDON, 18-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Twelve finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2018 at The Mermaid … Read the full press release

Continental Hackathon will look for creative ideas and innovative solutions in the industrial sector at the industry fair Hannover Messe

Hannover Fair: Industry hackathon with international startups from four eco-systems Duensing: “Innovations are the lubricating oil and fuel for future-proof industrial companies.” Talented young people from Hanover, Hamburg, San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and Bucharest (Romania) search for solutions to challenges … Read the full press release

Solidaridad supports sugarcane farmers in India with modern cultivation practices to enhance smallholder production

Utrecht, The Netherlands, 13-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — India is the world’s largest consumer of sugar and the second largest producer after Brazil. However, sugarcane is highly water intensive and recent years have witnessed significant droughts. Solidaridad, along with its partners, is … Read the full press release

University of Exeter: man-made marine sounds can threaten the survival of fish and their ability to communicate with each other

EXETER, 11-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — An ‘acoustic fog’ from motorboat noise, underwater construction and other man-made marine sounds can threaten the survival of fish and their ability to communicate with each other, research has found. A BBC film (link below) made … Read the full press release

EBRD loans €5 million to microfinance provider MKF Partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Loan to microfinance provider MKF Partner will be invested in residential sector EBRD loan of up to €5 million to MKF Partner, a microfinance institution Energy efficiency loans to residents and vendors of green technology Increasing availability of finance to … Read the full press release

Study: 38% of all annual childhood asthma cases in Bradford may be caused by air pollution

LEEDS, 02-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — New research suggests that up to 38% of all annual childhood asthma cases in Bradford may be caused by air pollution. The study, led by the University of Leeds, also shows traffic-related air pollution could be … Read the full press release

Study: dramatic climate event with a sudden drop in average temperatures had no substantial impact on human activity at Star Carr

Pioneering early people who lived at the end of the last ice age actually carried on with life as usual despite plummeting temperatures, a study at a world-famous archaeological site in North Yorkshire suggests. YORK, 30-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Leading … Read the full press release

Study: 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt sheds light on the transformation of Earth’s atmosphere into an oxygenated environment

Fife, Scotland, 26-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — A 2-billion-year-old chunk of sea salt provides new evidence for the transformation of Earth’s atmosphere into an oxygenated environment capable of supporting life as we know it. The new study by an international team of … Read the full press release

Professors Mark van Loosdrecht and Bruce Rittmann named the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment

Professors Mark van Loosdrecht (Delft University of Technology) and Bruce Rittmann (Arizona State University) are named the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment. By developing microbiological processes in wastewater treatment, they have demonstrated the possibilities to … Read the full press release

Hydro to expand the scope of SGW’s mandate and to launch an internal audit of Alunorte refinery

Hydro expands the scope of the ongoing independent review of Alunorte by Brazilian environmental consultancy SGW Services to include all interfaces with areas adjacent to the refinery operation. Hydro’s Internal Audit will conduct a full review of all licenses, complementing … Read the full press release

SGS releases its its ninth annual Sustainability Report: 17.8% decrease of greenhouse gas emissions since 2014

SGS today publishes its ninth annual Sustainability Report. This report is aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 reporting framework at “Comprehensive” level, and it provides a detailed account of our sustainability approach. GENEVA, 19-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — For the … Read the full press release

Inmarsat research: Internet of Things (IoT) to enable the transport and logistics sector reduce its carbon footprint and minimise any negative impact on the environment

Research suggests companies within transport and logistics are prioritising IoT to improve environmental sustainability and enhance their operational success  LONDON, 15-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The Internet of Things (IoT) will play a pivotal role in enabling the transport and logistics sector … Read the full press release

2018 ‘Farming by Satellite’ Prize seeks entries from across Europe

Open to young people under 32 years of age LONDON, 12-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The ‘Farming by Satellite Prize’ has a top prize of €5,000 and asks the question: “How can we use satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce … Read the full press release

Data intensive supercomputer JASMIN to double available storage to more than 44 petabytes

A major upgrade is being made to double the storage available in one of the UK’s national supercomputers. SWINDON, 12-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — JASMIN is a globally unique data intensive supercomputer for environmental science. Currently supporting over 160 science projects, … Read the full press release

ENGIE and SUEZ to develop photovoltaic solar parks in all Recycling & Recovery waste storage facilities in mainland France

ENGIE and SUEZ commit to boosting the energy transition of French regions through a partnership to develop photovoltaic solar parks in all Recycling & Recovery waste storage facilities in mainland France. In total, about 100 sites are concerned, with an … Read the full press release

EU Clean Sky: Airbus’ Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe (BLADE) project received the 2018 Aviation Week Laureates Award for Commercial, Technology

The most extensive wing laminar flow demonstrator programme ever undertaken for commercial aviation. Improving aviation’s ecological footprint, with a 50% reduction of wing friction and up to five percent lower CO2 emissions. TOULOUSE, 05-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — At a ceremony in … Read the full press release

University of East Anglia: Striking set of photos reveal the secret lives of Amazonian crop-raiding animals

Papped snaffling in the jungle, a striking set of photos reveal the secret lives of Amazonian crop-raiding animals. NORWICH, 02-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — A new study from the University of East Anglia (UK) identifies the Amazon’s ‘worst offending’ crop destroyers – … Read the full press release

Eni and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to foster access to safe and clean water in Nigeria

This is the first initiative promoted in the FAO – Eni collaboration. Within this project, FAO will provide support in identifying the areas of intervention for the wells as well as technical expertise and know-how in the targeted areas, whereas … Read the full press release

Van Hool signs with RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal for 40 hydrogen buses

30 buses for RVK Köln and 10 buses for WSW Wuppertal (Germany). Largest order ever for fuel cell buses in Europe Delivery to start in the spring of 2019. Koningshooikt production site confirms its high-technology know-how with this order. Koningshooikt … Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group continues its successful cooperation with Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU)

Group continues decades of commitment to protecting its heraldic animal COLOGNE, 22-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The Lufthansa Group is continuing its successful cooperation with NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.). As a partner of Kranichschutz Deutschland gGmbH (Crane Protection Germany), the Group … Read the full press release

London Fashion Week: World’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) dedicated to sustainability and luxury fashion

Kering and London College of Fashion launch the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) dedicated to sustainability and luxury fashion, with an event hosted by the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week. LONDON, 21-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Kering and … Read the full press release

Recycling programme ‘Every Can Counts’ to support UK based Trek-Drops professional women’s cycling team during the 2018 season

BRUSSELS, 19-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — As women’s cycling continues to gain momentum, recycling programme ‘Every Can Counts’ has furthered its investment into the UK based Trek-Drops professional women’s cycling team for the duration of the 2018 season. This is the second … Read the full press release

ESC study: Increases of nitric oxides of more than 20 μg/m3 within 24 hours associated with a more than doubled risk of heart attack

Study authors call for more research that could guide EU pollution regulations Sophia Antipolis, France, 19-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Rapid increases in pollution may be as harmful to the heart as sustained high levels, according to research published today in the European … Read the full press release

Young environmentalists from Taynuilt Primary School visited SAMS’s Ocean Explorer Centre to learn about the effects of plastic in the marine environment

ARGYLL, 15-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — A TEAM of young environmentalists from Taynuilt Primary School visited SAMS to get advice on how to help address the problem of plastic pollution in our seas. The school’s Eco Committee is comprised of students … Read the full press release

McKesson Europe’s first Europe-wide Corporate Responsibility Report: Creating value. Reducing impact

STUTTGART, 15-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — McKesson Europe has published its first Europe-wide Corporate Responsibility Report in accordance with the international Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines: The company provides insights into its sustainable handling of economic and ecological resources and informs readers … Read the full press release

WEF, Bain & Company report calls for the urgent integration of urban-energy-mobility patterns to accelerate the ability of cities to meet climate goals

A new approach to electric mobility is needed to stimulate economic growth and reduce carbon emissions, says new Forum report Electrified autonomous vehicles (AV) will revolutionize urban mobility by reducing travel costs by up to 40% and cut down CO2 … Read the full press release

NERC launches Operation Earth programme at science and discovery centres across the UK

NERC’s Operation Earth programme launches this month at 11 science and discovery centres across the UK. SWINDON, 09-Feb-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Visitors to the centres will get the chance to watch a family show, be a scientist and have a go … Read the full press release