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Swedish risk assessment of contaminated sites points to the need for more objective measures
Issue 599: European countries have developed their own methods of risk assessing contaminated sites. A comparison of Swedish (qualitative) and German (quantitative) methods shows that they can produce vastly different results for the same sites.
Retaining deadwood in disturbed forests reduces changes to soil fungal communities and promotes regeneration
Events such as storms that cause significant damage to forest trees have obvious effects above ground. What happens below ground is less apparent, and less studied.
Shifts in distribution of bird species due to climate change may compromise ecosystem services
As species’ ranges shift due to climate change, ecosystems will be altered and may change how they function.
Bird conservation: protected areas are most effective when over 50 hectares in size
Establishing protected areas (PAs) is important for the conservation of species, but more data is needed on their effectiveness.
Benefits of agri-environment wildflower areas vary according to the surrounding landscape
Sowing wildflower areas is a common agri-environment measure, however, its biodiversity impacts are disputed.
Estimating environmental damage from key resources required for EU low-carbon transition
Transition to a low-carbon economy will create additional demand for many raw materials, production of which will have a range of environmental impacts.
Abandoned agriculture in the Valencia Region, Spain: a transition to woodland and scrubland over a 50-year period
Abandonment of agricultural areas in Mediterranean Europe can exacerbate fire risk due to increases in natural vegetation.
Semi-natural conditions promote ecological recovery of urban streams
Freshwater ecosystems in urban areas face a variety of pressures and are often significantly degraded.