Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment


Plastic nanoparticles make larval zebrafish hyperactive Nanoplastics influence the behaviour of larval zebrafish, says new research by the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). The researchers observed that a certain type of nanoparticles leads to stress reactions in the sugar balance, resulting in hyperactivity in the fish larvae. The study was published on 18 October in Nature Communications Biology.
Leiden University, CML, Thursday 24 October 2019
These animal species are dear to us, but can we protect them? Animal species that are dear to us in the Netherlands often spend a large part or all of their lifecycle in other parts of the world. But their habitats worldwide are under increasing pressure, are often inadequately protected and much poorer than the global average. ‘If we truly care about these animals, we must pay more attention to East Africa, and Central and South Asia,’ says Alexander van Oudenhoven, who co-authored a recent publication on this topic.
Leiden University, CLM, Friday 11 October 2019
Invitation Expert Review of IPCC Working Group II The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), has opened the first review of the Working Group II contribution on the assessment of impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change by experts from 18 October to 13 December 2019.
IPCC Press Office, Friday 11 October 2019
SENSE e-News October 2019 SENSE e-News October edition released with information about the upcoming SENSE conference, PhD symposium, upcoming graduations, events and courses, such as the A1 SENSE Introductory Course on 23-25 October 2019.
SENSE Secretariat, Tuesday 8 October 2019
Young climate researchers in podcast series An 'easy-going’ science podcast with young researchers: scientists from Utrecht University talk about their research (and funny science facts) in the 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast. Drought expert Niko Wanders spoke about climate extremes, energy transition researcher Sanne Akerboom talked about the role of citizens in energy policy, and earth scientist Dr Peter Bijl about the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet.
Utrecht University, Monday 7 October 2019
New book released: Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts The book describes how local consumption in urban areas is increasingly met by global supply chains. These often extend over large distances and have global environmental impact, contributing to pollution, water scarcity and deforestation. This book will be key reading for students in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, ecological economies and geography. One of the authors is Klaus Hubacek, Professor at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG), University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
RU Groningen, Friday 27 September 2019
History Database of the Global Environment Human transformation of the earth started much earlier than previously thought. Permanent agriculture and livestock herding led to large-scale changes in natural ecosystems and greenhous gas emissions already thousands of years ago. Based on research at PBL and Utrecht University a paper was published in Science in August.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Friday 27 September 2019
Virtual Water Marketplace with Jobs and Project opportunities Launch of Virtual Water Marketplace to connect Dutch water companies with IHE alumni.
IHE Delft, Thursday 26 September 2019
IPCC released report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate This special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and, conversely, the escalating costs and risks of delayed action.
IPCC, Wednesday 25 September 2019
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