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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable If we all start eating more healthy and plant-based foods, halve our food loss, recycle more waste and improve our agricultural practices, then by around 2050 we can feed around 10 billion people sustainably. "But it has to be a combination, because with just one of these measures we will not make it without exceeding environmental boundaries," says SENSE professor Wim de Vries of Wageningen University.
Tuesday 16 October 2018
What if the sea level should rise with ten metres? "The sea level kept rising. With higher dikes and big pumps the situation had been mastered for long. But with a 10-meter rise this was no longer possible."
SENSE professor Jeroen Aerts (VU) and SENSE alumnus Marjolijn Haasnoot (Delatares) contributed to an article with a "what if" scenario about this topic in NRC Handelsblad of 11 October 2018. (in Dutch)
Tuesday 16 October 2018
Four SENSE professors in Trouw Sustainable 100 ranking 2018 Four SENSE scientists are on Trouw’s 2018 annual list of the 100 most influential Dutch people in the area of sustainability.
Thursday 11 October 2018
Arjen Hoekstra in Environmental Research Letters with: "The control versus resilience rationale for managing systems under uncertainty" We compare two rationales for the management of social-ecological systems under uncertainty: control and resilience. The first focuses at system performance, the second at system capacity to cope with change. The two schools of thought promote their own legitimacy, but undertake little effort to transcend their own perspective. Though, different scholars have pointed at the necessity of combining control and resilience for managing a system.
Tuesday 9 October 2018
UT researchers develop framework to assess water sustainability in investors'decision-making How do large investors rate when it comes to water sustainability? Researchers of the University of Twente have developed and applied a framework to assess policies of investors regarding their incorporation of water sustainability criteria. A Dutch case study shows there’s still a long way to go. Findings of the research have been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production* recently.
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Publication of "The Anthropocene Debate and Political Science" Anthropocene has become an environmental buzzword. It denotes a new geological epoch that is human‐dominated. As mounting scientific evidence reveals, humankind has fundamentally altered atmospheric, geological, hydrological, biospheric, and other Earth system processes to an extent that the risk of an irreversible system change emerges. Human societies must therefore change direction and navigate away from critical tipping points in the various ecosystems of our planet. This hypothesis has kicked off a debate not only on the geoscientific definition of the Anthropocene era, but increasingly also in the social sciences.
Monday 1 October 2018
Frequently asked questions about The Ocean Cleanup Wageningen Marine Research is committed to long-term research of plastic litter and its impacts on marine wildlife. From that background, the media and public often ask our opinion of The Ocean Cleanup project by Boyan Slat, which aims to clean up plastic from the world's oceans. Marine researchers Jan Andries van Franeker and SENSE PhD candidate Suse Kühn (WU) answer the most frequently-asked questions.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Climate change threatens the Zambian timber industry Climate change reduces the growth of the Mukusi trees (also known as Zambezi teak), which are Zambia’s main hardwood-timber source. The threat is caused by increasing temperatures and less rainfall. New research by Justine Ngoma, SENSE PhD student at Wageningen University, and colleagues on annual growth rings shows a clear relationship between climate and the annual growth of these important Zambian trees. The research is published in the scientific journal Dendrochronologia.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Professor Ernst Worrell (UU) 's vision for the energy transition: Towards zero greenhouse gas emissions: energy efficiency and demand reduction key How can we reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050? According to Professor Ernst Worrell, a completely sustainable energy supply is a major challenge. This is in large part due to a potential lack of raw materials if energy demand keeps rising. Solutions such as Carbon Capture and Storage may not be rolled out in time. We must therefore first focus on increasing the economy's resource and energy efficiency, and reduce demand as much as possible.
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Insectageddon: are EU pesticide authorisation regulations good enough? The newly revealed scale of losses to all insect species has prompted warnings of insectageddon, with profound ecological and human impacts. Utrecht University’s Jeroen van der Sluijs was invited to speak at the European Parliament PEST Committee about why we should care about pesticides use and what needs to change in European regulations.
Tuesday 25 September 2018