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Potential of achieving climate target with BECCS is limited Large-scale implementation of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is often considered to be an important measure to reach the climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement. A new study from researchers at Utrecht University, Radboud University and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency shows, however, that over a period of 30 years, BECCS can only play a modest role. Evaluating BECCS over the full 21st century (80 years) does lead to a different picture: the total potential could be as large as current CO2 emissions, but comes at the costs of substantial land requirements.
Tuesday 15 September 2020
Three ERC Starting Grants awarded to UU Geoscientists On 3 September, the European Research Council (ERC) announced that three Geoscientists from Utrecht University have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim, dr. James Patterson en dr. Yanliu Lin will each receive 1.5 million euros to carry out their research over the next five years.
Tuesday 15 September 2020
How to better observe sudden changes in Europe’s climate It can be crucial to monitor tipping points in climate, whereas a tiny change can push a system into a completely new state. Researchers from the Hedley Centre have identified certain metrics that can be used to detect abrupt variations in the system of sea currents in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
European Commission, Wednesday 12 August 2020
SENSE PhD blog about super cyclone Amphan Uthpal is a Bangladeshi SENSE PhD candidate who currently stays in Khulna, Bangladesh. His research in the WaterApps project is on weather and climate information services, which helped local farmers prepare before the cyclone hit. All of the farmers involved in the project harvested in time and have minimal damages.
WaterApps, Tuesday 26 May 2020
Investment of 14 million for better use of micro-organisms Together with SENSE partner Wageningen University & Research and the Delft University of Technology, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) will invest almost 25 million euros in research facility UNLOCK to study mixed microbial communities and their application. The research facility was approved and consists of equipment and human resources that will be used to gather knowledge on micro-organisms effectively.
Wageningen University & Research, Wednesday 6 May 2020
Doing a Phd in times of Corona (in Dutch) ScienceGuide asked promovendi about their experiences over the past few weeks. It is not possible to collect data anymore, it is difficult to work from home and there are worries about delays and the consequences for the career. The head of department waits for a central measure, whereas the VSNU and NWO point back to local departments. How to move on?
ScienceGuide, Wednesday 15 April 2020
Art performance Marten Scheffer (WUR) inspired by Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene Artist Tone Bjordam and scientist and musician Marten Scheffer performing live on stage on May 28th, 2019. The performance was the opening act at ECCA, European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2019 at CCB in Lisbon, Portugal, in front of 1200 people in the audience.
Monday 8 July 2019