New RSS feeds launched by Science for Environment Policy

Issue date: 19 May 2010


Science for Environment Policy logo Two new RSS feeds on the Science for Environment Policy website were launched on 29 April. Science for Environment Policy is a free news service designed to strengthen links between environmental research and European policy. It provides easy-to-read summaries of policy-relevant environmental research.

Science for Environment Policy is published by the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment and is edited by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England.

A recent independent survey carried out amongst subscribers to Science for Environment Policy revealed a high degree of satisfaction with the service. 97% of respondents found the service useful, including 38% who considered it very useful.

According to the survey, the vast majority of respondents found that the News Alert keeps them up to date with the latest environment policy relevant scientific research (93%), provides useful summaries of high quality scientific research (92%) and makes it easier to understand what is going on in environmental research (83%).

The two new RSS feeds provide even greater choice in how subscribers can access the free research news service.

• The Latest News Alert RSS feed alerts readers to articles in the latest weekly issue of the News Alert. It can be accessed from here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/latest_alerts.htm

• The RSS feed alerting subscribers to the latest online publication of special monthly Thematic Issues can be accessed from here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/specialissue_en.htm

These two new feeds add to the popular RSS feeds for individual policy themes, launched earlier this year, which inform subscribers of articles in their specific area of interest, such as Air pollution, Biodiversity, Chemicals or Water.

Science for Environment Policy can also be accessed via a free email service which provides weekly news alerts on a wide range of topics. Subscribers also receive special Thematic Issues which each take an in-depth look at a topic high on the policy agenda. To subscribe to the email service, simply send an email to sfep@uwe.ac.uk with the subject line 'Subscribe SfEP'.

All articles and Thematic Issues are posted online and can be viewed at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm

For more details of the survey's findings, please go to: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/pdf/survey_subscribers.pdf

For more information on Science for Environment Policy contact Emma Weitkamp, Managing Editor
Tel +44 (0) 117 32 82081 emma.weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk

or Michelle Kilfoyle, Production Editor Tel +44 (0) 117 32 83756
michelle.kilfoyle@uwe.ac.uk
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