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Posted 2/12/2007

US and Europe sign pact on common enviromental challenges

US and European Union researchers will unite to solve common environmental problems and study emerging issues, according to a February 9, 2007, agreement finalized in Brussels.

The use and impact of nanotechnology in water quality is one of the areas slated for study, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson and Director General for Research Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez of the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union) have signed an "Implementing Arrangement on Environmental Research and Ecoinformatics." Ecoinformatics is advanced computer and information technology necessary for environmental research.

"The United States and Europe share in the commitment of being good global neighbors," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "This agreement marks a new level of collaboration which will ensure our efforts to protect the environment and our citizens are supported by sound science."

Cooperation under the EPA-EC Implementing Arrangement is expected to take many forms, including direct collaboration between US and European researchers and associations; joint sponsorship of conferences, workshops and meetings; coordinated calls for proposals and mutual participation in peer reviews; and exchanges of information, methodologies, and data.

Among the collaborative research topics included in the arrangement are efforts to address the linkages between environmental pollution and human health, as well as uses and impacts of nanotechnology in environmental monitoring, soil remediation, and water quality. Other topics include:

  • sustainable chemistry and materials
  • environmental information systems
  • development of environmental and sustainability indicators
  • environmental technologies
  • air quality management
  • decision support tools
  • environmental modeling

   

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