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Solar radiation modification
Successful and timely uptake of artificial intelligence in science in the EU
Cross-sectoral evidence-based governance for One Health in the EU

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June 2023

Sustainable food consumption

For Europe to achieve its health and sustainability goals, the way we produce and consume food has to change.

Sustainable food consumption
November 2022

Strategic crisis management in the EU

Improving crisis management has become an essential issue for protecting and enhancing present and future wellbeing in the EU and globally.

March 2022

Improving cancer screening in the European Union

Organised cancer screening programmes save lives. The earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chances of treating it successfully and straightforwardly.

June 2021

A systemic approach to the energy transition in Europe

There are many possible pathways towards a carbon-neutral future. Achieving it by 2050 is possible, but this requires urgent action.

December 2020

Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment

Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem, and it is still growing. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.

November 2020

COVID-19, future pandemics and other crises in the global context

This current crisis has taught us that much of Europe was insufficiently prepared. At the same time, we know that COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic or indeed crisis that will emerge.

June 2020

Adaptation to climate change-related health effects

Responding to climate change involves a two-pronged approach, including reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases (mitigation) and planning and acting to address those consequences of climate change that cannot be avoided (adaptation).

March 2020

A sustainable food system for the European Union

Food lies at the heart of our lives. It is vital for our survival, and links us to our natural and social environment in a unique way. But our food system is unsustainable. How can we ensure future food security without treating people unfairly or leaving them behind?

July 2019

Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

Now more than ever, policymakers need good quality science advice to inform their decisions, and the very policy issues for which scientific input is most needed are the ones where the science itself is often complex and uncertain.

June 2019

Transforming the future of ageing

In Europe and around the world, people are living longer than ever before. This is one of the greatest achievements of the past century, but it also brings challenges for European societies and the EU as a whole.

January 2019

A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society

The best available evidence suggests that microplastics and nanoplastics do not pose a widespread risk to humans or the environment, except in small pockets. But that evidence is limited, and the situation could change if pollution continues at the current rate.

June 2018

Improving authorisation processes for plant protection products in Europe

Existing European authorisation processes for plant protection products might be improved from a scientific perspective. Importantly, regulatory risk assessment must be fair, consistent, transparent, and communicated effectively so as to maintain public trust.

May 2018

Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies

Carbon capture and utilisation may be part of a circular economy scheme where carbon atoms are recycled and reused indefinitely over a long time scale. However, it is neither an indispensable element, nor is it sufficient to contribute significantly to mitigating the effects of climate change.

November 2017

Food from the oceans

The only way to obtain significantly more food and biomass sustainably from the ocean is to harvest seafood that on average is from a lower trophic level than we currently harvest.

April 2017

New techniques in agricultural biotechnology

This advice provides an updated scientific overview of new agricultural biotechnologies compared with existing techniques.

March 2017

Cybersecurity

This scientific opinion provides guidance on how to enhance cybersecurity in the context of the European Digital Single Market.

November 2016

Light duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions

There is a gap between the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars in the laboratory and under real-driving conditions. This reduces consumer trust and the effectiveness of measures to combat climate change.

March 2016

Glyphosate

Glyphosate is an active substance in plant protection products widely used in the European Union.

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