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The European Union proposes investing €16 billion in the period 2021-2027 to further enhance Europe's leadership in space. This new space programme, with a budget 50% higher than that of the previous 7 year period, will reinforce the EU as a world space player successfully competing with both other state and private-sector space actors.
Ten years after the EU's first landmark report on climate change and security, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will host the high level event Climate, Security and Peace: The Time for Action on 22 June in Brussels. The high level event will bring together ministers, leading international figures, parliamentarians, think tanks and civil society to highlight the ongoing and new threats posed by climate change, consider progress made in making essential policy and operational linkages between climate and security and look at options to drive forward action. You can join and follow all the discussions using the hashtag #united4climate and #climadiplo
The EU's Earth observation programme Copernicus, yesterday launched a new satellite (Sentinel-3B) to improve our understanding of sea level changes, marine pollution and biological productivity. It will also provide information on the spread of wildfires, land use, the state of vegetation, and water levels in lakes and rivers.
Imagine 8 million tons of plastic… or 310.000 shipping containers filled with plastic… this is the amount of plastic being dumped into the ocean worldwide… every year. The consequences are dramatic. “Our oceans are in danger. By 2050 they could contain more plastic than fish,” EU High Representative Mogherini had announced at the #OurOcean Conference in Malta last October. The Ocean Plastics Lab is an international travelling exhibition showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The exhibition is currently located at the Esplanade Solidarność 1980, at the European Parliament.