Major pan-European study conducted on ocean acidification

More than 160 researchers across 10 European countries joined together, in what is being hailed as the first international project to focus on ocean acidification and its consequences. According to the partners in the EPOCA project (‘European Project on Ocean Acidification’) marine research was a relatively new field when they … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading


Hereditary neurodegeneration linked to ADP-ribose modification

Attaching chains of the small molecule ADP-ribose to proteins is important for a cell’s survival and the repair of DNA damage, making this process a promising target for the development of new cancer drugs. Researchers have now identified a much sought after enzyme that removes such ADP-ribose modifications from proteins … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Europe’s natural habitats under threat

Climate change, intensive farming and urban sprawl – are putting Europe’s parkland and biological diversity under increasing pressure. The natural environment can only take so much pressure, before it becomes spoiled, and already, loss of habitat is threatening many species with extinction. Natural parks play a crucial role in preserving … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

Climate change impact on Arctic mammals

Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that mammals living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic land areas in northern Europe could be positively affected by climate change between now and 2080 – if they succeed in adjusting their geographic ranges. Presented in the journal PLOS ONE, the study showed … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

European Union declares 2013 the year of air

The European Union has been tackling air pollution since the 1970s. Steps like controlling emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality have contributed to progress in this area, but the problem still remains. This is mainly as a result of human activities: the burning of fossil fuels … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading

The causes of oxygen depletion among fish populations

Scientists hope to gain a better understanding of the causes of oxygen depletion among fish populations with an EU-funded project called HYPOX. It is hoped that by continuous monitoring of coastal ecosystems around the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Arctic sea, including fjords, lagoons and lakes, that fisheries … Seguir leyendo / Continue reading