JRC research updates (8)RSS
Soil microbial diversity at European scale: a first assessment
High biodiversity in perturbated soil could indicate more pathogens, rather than better functioning ecosystem.
Climate initiative cities boost renewables’ use, but still largely depend on fossil fuels
Nearly 7,000 cities, signatories of the world’s largest alliance for city climate action, the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), report progress on energy savings and renewables’ generation.
More vegetation in targeted urban areas can mitigate extreme heat
A new model based on satellite data assesses urban population exposure to land surface temperature extremes and evaluates the impact of urban greening in reducing heat exposure.
Forests can store less carbon than previously believed
Reducing the intensity of forest management increases carbon sequestration in forests. However, even if forest management were removed altogether, the mitigation potential of this strategy is limited.
Performance requirements for metal detection equipment in public spaces
New voluntary EU performance requirements for metal detection equipment will help ensure protection from security threats in public spaces across the EU
Drought conditions threaten the economy and ecosystems in South America
Precipitation deficits, above-average temperatures and recurrent heatwaves are causing one of the worst droughts in decades.
Handling bank failures: JRC research feeds into proposal for revised CMDI framework
The proposal improves the rules for handling bank failures, while preserving financial stability, protecting depositors, and further limiting the use of public financial resources.
Platformisation of work: accelerated by the pandemic, a phenomenon likely to grow
Small but not negligible share of workers is subject to high level of digital monitoring and algorithmic management of work, which is associated with monotony and stress at work.