The EU Should Make 2021 the “Super Year” for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and Globally

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) published the 2nd Europe Sustainable Development Report on 8th December 2020.  In this document, the progress of the European Union, its member states, and other European countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by all UN member states in 2015, is evaluated.  It is part of the broader Sustainable Development Report (SDR) series which track the performance of countries and municipalities around the world on the SDGs since 2015. SDG Transformations can support a sustainable and fair recovery Even before the onset of the COVID pandemic, no European country was on track to achieve all 17 SDGs by 2030. Overall, Nordic countries perform best: Finland tops the 2020 Europe SDG Index followed by Sweden and Denmark.   Europe faces its greatest SDG challenges in the areas of sustainable agriculture and diets, climate, and biodiversity – and in strengthening the convergence of living standards across its countries and regions. The...
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New Study Co-authored by Prof. Jos Lelieveld Estimates Exposure to Air Pollution Increases COVID-19 Deaths by 15% Worldwide

Study co-authored by the Institute Prof. Jos Lelieveld estimates 15% of COVID-19 deaths worldwide could be attributed to air pollution. Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 and, for the first time, a study has estimated the proportion of deaths from the coronavirus that could be attributable to particulate matter air pollution for every country in the world. Professor Jos Lelieveld, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and Professor at Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C) of The Cyprus Institute, stated: “Since the numbers of deaths from COVID-19 are increasing all the time, it’s not possible to give final numbers of COVID-19 deaths per country that could be attributed to air pollution. However, as an example, in the UK there have been more than 44,000 coronavirus deaths and we estimate that the fraction attributable to air pollution is 14%, meaning that about 6,000 deaths could have been avoided...
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1rst PRECEPT Project Press Release: The first, Novel and Cost-effective Particulate Matter Monitor, Made in Cyprus

Under the framework of the PRECEPT project https://preceptproject.info , Additess LTD and the Cyprus Institute (CyI) have developed a portable, cost-effective and accurate monitor for measuring the number concentration and size of airborne particulate matter (PM).  The PRECEPT PM monitor, is an autonomous instrument that can measure the size and number of all airborne PM from 0.3 to more comparable with other laboratory grade instruments at a fraction of their cost. The PRECEPT PM monitor comes equipped with a touch screen and a micro-computer, allowing for in-situ operation and real-time visualization of the measurements, without the need of an external computer. In addition, the PRECEPT PM monitor utilizes a compact but efficient flow system, which allows its connection to aerosol sampling and pre-treatment lines (common in atmospheric observational sites); something that distinguishes it from most of the other PM monitors that reside in the low-cost price range. The PRECEPT PM monitor is compact and equipped with a battery, thus it can...
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CyI Organizes Webinar on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Change Initiative

On October 15, 2020, The Cyprus Institute organized a webinar on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Change Initiative (EMME-CCI). This Initiative builds upon the work that led to the International Conference held in Cyprus, in May 2018, which focused on “Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East”. The webinar organized at CyI’s premises in Aglantzia, within the framework of the Cyprus Government Initiative, provided the opportunity to the thematic Task Forces assembled to present and discuss their preliminary findings. During this event, eleven of the thirteen Task Forces presented their findings whereas members of all Task Forces participated. More than half of all members of the Task Forces from twenty countries, representatives from international organizations, as well as the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Dr Costas Kadis participated at this online event. The EMME-CCI aims at the development of a Regional Action Plan to address the specific needs and challenges countries are facing in the EMME...
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CyI Models Atmospheric Transport of Pollution After Explosion in Beirut

Trajectory ensemble over 72 hours of atmospheric transport of air parcels originating from the 4 August 2020 explosion at Beirut, Lebanon The Environmental Predictions Department of The Cyprus Institute Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C) has used the HYSPLIT model to track and forecast the potential atmospheric transport of pollution originating from the explosion of 4 August 2020 at Beirut, Lebanon. In the HYSPLIT particle model, a fixed number of particles are advected about the model domain by the mean wind field and spread by a turbulent component. The model calculates a 3-dimensional particle distribution (horizontal and vertical). The modelled meteorological conditions, including wind speed and direction, were used to calculate air parcel trajectories for 72 hours after the explosion. The trajectory ensemble includes multiple trajectories from the location of the explosion. Based on the model, air masses above the accident site were transported to the East and South of Lebanon. Each member of the trajectory ensemble is calculated by offsetting the meteorological data...
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The European Aerosol Conference – EAC2020 moves on-line

The European Aerosol Conference of 2020 adapts to the restrictions posed by most of the European governments in order to mitigate the impacts of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and goes online. According to the organizers, the first ever online EAC will remain the premier European conference for scientific discussions and exchange of the aerosol community, spanning the whole breadth of aerosol research as covered by the working groups. PRECEPT project https://preceptproject.info will contribute to this effort by providing a virtual oral presentation by Dr. Bezantakos. ...
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The Cyprus Institute: Statement for World Environment Day

The focus of this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5, is “Time for Nature” and in particular biodiversity, the ensemble of all living organisms on our planet. This richness is the result of billions of years of evolution that have allowed organisms to adapt to our ever changing environment so that they can survive. In the last decades we, humans, have changed the environment at an overwhelmingly fast pace, to which Nature has not and will not be able to adapt, triggering the loss of many different organisms. The destruction is alarming: scientific modelling scenarios show that at least one third of the species that currently inhabit our planet will be in danger of extinction or extinct within the next 20 years, if we do not take action. If climate change continues to proceed unabated, the loss of biodiversity will bring us face to face with a new, unrecognizable world, with scarcity of food resulting in famine. It...
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