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"Multi-functionality and Sustainability in the European Union's Forests" | 11.05.17

European forests have multiple functions - from wealth and employment creation, the production of natural resources and raw materials for industry and bioenergy production, provision of spaces for leisure and recreation,...... read more

Circular Economy: Indicators and Priorities for Critical Materials *** incl. video coverage *** | 24.11.16

EASAC introduces two new reports on circular economy: "Priorities for critical materials for a circular economy" and "Indicators for a circular economy". Drawing on independent scientific analysis from the...... read more

Greenhouse gas footprints of different oil feedstocks | 13.04.16

In future, road transport will be required to make a stronger contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU). How to account for the different GHG footprints of transport fuels...... read more

Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas | 21.01.16

Oceans and seas play a crucial role in regulating our climate, nurturing biodiversity, and providing income and food to people around the world. At COP21, governments across the globe agreed that we must set a more aggressive...... read more

Commentary on "Circular Economy" | 25.11.15

The circular economy has been a controversial issue since the new Commission cancelled the previous 2014 proposals and undertook to issue a new Circular Economy package by the end of 2015. In response, EASAC set up a Working...... read more

Facing Critical decisions on climate change in 2015 | 19.10.15

EASAC's latest statement ”Facing critical decisions on climate change in 2015” relates to some of the scientific issues which will be very important to consider in the forthcoming negotiations at COP21 in Paris. Our analysis...... read more

Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas | 08.06.15

EASAC has conducted a study on marine sustainability, in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in recognition of the emerging governance challenges for integrating the various aspects of marine...... read more

Ecosystem services, agriculture and neonicotinoids | 08.04.15

A focus on honey bees has distorted the debate around neonicotinoids. But there is more and more evidence that widespread use of neonicotinoids has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like...... read more

Shale gas extraction: issues of particular relevance to the European Union | 13.11.14

In this statement, EASAC addresses three specific concerns that are being put forward in the public debate about the exploitation of Europe's shale gas potential: (1) the implications of a high population density throughout...... read more

Trends in Extreme Weather Events in Europe: Implications for national and European Union Adaptation Strategies | 02.12.13

In recent years, Europe has suffered a rising number of extreme weather events - from unprecedented heat waves and droughts to record-breaking floods, wind storms and freezes. These events do not respect borders and it is vital...... read more

The current status of biofuels in the European Union, their environmental impacts and future prospects | 13.12.12

As part of its strategy to combat global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, the European Union (EU), in 2009, agreed the Renewable Energy Directive with ambitious targets for the use of renewable energy. These...... read more

Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change: an aide memoire for policy makers | 26.11.12

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which is formedby the National Science Academies of the European Union (EU) Member States,first issued this statement in December last year, urging world leaders, meeting...... read more

Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change | 20.11.11

The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), which is formed by the National Science Academies of the European Union (EU) Member States, urges world leaders, meeting in Durban in December 2011, to press ahead with the...... read more

Groundwater in the Southern Member States of the European Union | 16.06.10

Summary: What is the importance of groundwater for Europe? When rain or snow falls on land, some of the water runs into rivers or lakes and some is released back into the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration (or...... read more

Ecosystems services and biodiversity in Europe | 09.02.09

Abstract: The life support systems that are provided by the environment (ecosystem services) are undervalued by Europeans and must be protected by new legislation, EASAC writes in its new report published on 17 February...... read more

The use of EU structural funds in science and technology | 14.02.08

Abstract: EASAC issued a statement reiterating the role of science and technology in developing the economies of the EU and that the Barcelona targets had been formal recognition of this.   To achieve these targets...... read more

Bureaucracy in the 6th Framework Programme | 22.02.06

Abstract: On 22 February 2006 the European Parliament held a workshop to examine the effect that the bureaucracy involved in applying for funding via Framework Programme 6. EASAC selected the speakers at the event and wrote up...... read more

A users guide to biodiversity indicators | 22.03.05

Abstract: EASAC published on 22 March 2005 a users guide to biodiversity indicators. The guide highlights that while the EU has set the challenging target of halting the loss of plant and animal species by 2010, the methods for...... read more

Impacts of pollution from outside the European Union on Europes environmental targets | 17.06.04

Abstract: EASAC published on 17 June 2004 a statement on atmospheric pollution in the EU. The statement highlights the growth in concentration of atmospheric ozone, which is moving towards levels that could have serious health...... read more

Towards 3%: attainment of the Barcelona target | 06.04.04

Abstract: EASAC published on 6 April 2004 a report of a workshop organised in the European Parliament at the request of the EP Industry Committee. The workshop was centred round EASAC case studies of the growth in R&D...... read more

Commission Communication on an action plan for stimulating technologies for sustainable development | 05.04.04

Abstract: Briefing on the European Commission Communication onan action plan for stimulating technologies for sustainable development COM (2004) 38 Download... read more

Proposal for a Directive on the protection of groundwater against pollution | 23.01.04

Abstract: Briefing on the European Commission Proposal for a Directive on the protection of groundwater against pollution COM (2003) 550 Download... read more

STOA Fisheries reviews | 02.01.04

Abstract: EASAC was invited to review proposals for three projects arising from the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament.  The three projects were: Contribution of algal blooms to shellfish poisoning and their...... read more

Proposal for a Regulation on certain greenhouse gases | 20.11.03

Abstract: Briefing on the European Commission proposal for a regulation on certain greenhouse gases [COM (2003) 492] Download... read more

Proposal for a Regulation on maximum residue levels of pesticides in plant and animal products | 20.11.03

Abstract: Briefing on the European Commission Proposal Regulation on maximum residue levels of and animal products [COM (2003) 117] Download... read more

Proposal for a Directive relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and PAH | 11.11.03

Abstract: Briefing on the European Commission Proposal for a Directive relating to arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and PAH (fourth daughter directive under the Air Framework Directive) COM (2003) 423 Download... read more