• DNA analysis is saving our freshwater biodiversity

    Freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity face growing threats. But thanks to cutting-edge R&D, we are witnessing remarkable progress in how we can conserve the life in our lakes and rivers. Scientists at Laboratorios Tecnológicos de Levante in Spain are now cleverly using DNA analysis to assess the health and ecological state of fresh bodies of water.

  • European Partnership on Innovative SMEs - Reaction to the UK's association to Horizon Europe and Copernicus

    The United Kingdom and European Commission reached political agreement on 7 September 2023 on the United Kingdom’s association to Horizon Europe. This means that all calls in Work Programme 2024 will be covered by association.

  • Plants that power themselves: Fighting desertification and deforestation with SOFRAPAR

    By Georgia Tindale

    Family-run French company, SOFRAPAR, has introduced new carbon uptake booster technology that is helping to combat desertification and deforestation. In Senegal, this is reinforcing a rapidly-declining natural forest area and helping local populations regain some food security.

  • Companies benefit from energy efficiency wizardry

    More efficient use of energy can save companies money and make an important contribution to reducing global warming. To achieve these savings, the ITEA Cluster project SPEAR involving 22 international partners and led by southwest German software developer, Let’s Dev, has created and tested an algorithm to assess the sum of a company’s energy usage by looking at all individual devices. It can also suggest sustainable energy savings and ways to use more renewable sources like solar and wind energy.

  • Wonder walls: vertical greenery seeds urban biodiversity

    Vertical gardens on a mass scale could help bring temperatures down in cities and boost biodiversity. Until now, “living walls” were novelty features on landmark buildings, but an innovative Austro-German living wall could pave the way to delivering greener urbanisation worldwide.

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