Science for Environment Policy (SfEP) is a free news and information service published by the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) of the European Commission. It is designed to help busy policymakers keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies.
The News Alerts are a cornerstone of the SfEP service. Presented in concise and easy-to-understand newsletter articles, SfEP offers quick access to scientific research on environmental issues.
SfEP also releases regular Future Briefs on the latest environmental topics. Future Briefs are a series of horizon-scanning policy briefs, which explore the evidence around emerging environmental issues.
Our News alert articles and Future Briefs are freely accessible through this site. To access SfEP content published between 2005 and June 2022, please consult the dedicated archive.
Biobased biodegradable polymers may amplify absorption of mercury from the marine environment
Issue 598: Biobased polymers, designed to be used instead of fossil-based plastics, are growing in use worldwide.
Disposable plastic face masks found effective for 40 hours of use
Issue 598: Disposable face masks used during the COVID-19 pandemic limited viral transmission but created a plastic waste disposal problem. This study explored whether single use masks remain effective if worn multiple times with or without washing.
Half of urban trees are outside their ‘comfort zone’ – future plantings must consider climate resilience
Issue 598: Trees growing in cities world-wide may be at risk from climate change. Urban greening must use species that can cope with future conditions to secure benefits.
Rising sea levels due to climate change found to escalate the rate of erosion of rocky shorelines
Issue 598: UK scientists find two previously stable rocky stretches of coastline are set to erode faster than they have in thousands of years, due to climate-driven sea-level rise.
FUTURE BRIEF: Nanoplastics: state of knowledge and environmental and human health impacts – Issue 27
This Future Brief presents the current science on nanoplastics: their detection, assessment and monitoring; their impacts in the environment, ecotoxicity, and environmental fate; and their potential impacts on human health.
FUTURE BRIEF: COVID-19 and the environment: links, impacts and lessons learned – Issue 26
This brief looks at environmental factors that potentially contribute to the emergence of disease and the effects of COVID-19, and environmental impacts that have arisen from COVID-19.
FUTURE BRIEF: European Forests for biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation – Issue 25
Forests are under pressure by inadequate management practices and climate changes. This research is based on the latest scientific evidence to show how biodiversity, the bioeconomy and climate change mitigation are underpinned by Europe's forests.
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