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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Interview with SENSE director Philipp Pattberg about the important role of politics in the Anthropocene in Bureau de Helling (the GroenLinks think tank) Philipp Pattberg, Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy believes that the Anthropocene needs long-term politics on all levels. Some questions are complex, some solutions are not nice to hear. This is why the discussion about how we want our future to look like is so important. Politicians have the responsibility to involve civilians.
Friday 17 February 2017
Prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for prof. Marten Scheffer (WU) The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category goes to the ecologists Marten Scheffer of Wageningen University & Research and to Gene Likens (USA). Both researchers receive the prestigious award for contributing decisively to what the jury describes as ‘one of the major challenges’ of this scientific discipline: to understand and, where possible, anticipate ecosystem responses to human-induced alterations of the natural environment. The award will (in June) consist of €100,000 prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork. The announcement took place on February 7th.
Thursday 16 February 2017
SENSE alumnus Alexander van Oudenhoven (WU) Discoverer of the year 2016 of Leiden University Environmental scientist Alexander van Oudenhoven has been chosen as Discoverer of the year of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. Vice Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl announced this during the faculty’s New Year’s Reception on 10 January.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Dagelijks klimaatbericht biedt perspectief om te handelen Naast het weerbericht hoort een dagelijks bericht over het klimaat. Met daarin actualiteiten over de toestand van het klimaat, waarschuwingen en praktische informatie over aanpassingen aan klimaatveranderingen of het terugdringen van risico’s. “Het biedt een beter zicht op handelswijzen”, zegt prof. Albert Klein Tank, buitengewoon hoogleraar Klimaatdiensten in zijn inaugurele rede aan Wageningen University & Research op 19 januari.
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Atse Louwen (UU): Solar energy currently cheapest and cleanest alternative to fossil fuels The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels. This applies to energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions during the production process, according to a comprehensive study by Atse Louwen and Wilfried van Sark (UU), André Faaij and Ruud Schropp (Eindhoven University of Technology). Their research results are published 6 December in the leading journal Nature Communications.
Thursday 15 December 2016
Maryna Strokal (WU): Cum Laude for PhD on river export of nutrients in China On 13 December Maryna Strokal defended her PhD thesis “River export of nutrients to the coastal waters of China: The MARINA model to assess sources, effects and solutions”. She graduated cum laude. Maryna was a PhD student in the Environmental Systems Analysis group, and now a postdoc in the Water Systems and Global Change group. Her promotors are Carolien Kroeze (WSG), Ma Lin (CAS, China) and Luan Shengji (Peking University, China).
Thursday 15 December 2016
Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Dr. Roshanka Ranasinghe, UNESCO-IHE and University of Twente Prof. Dr. Roshanka (Rosh) Ranasinghe, who holds the AXA Chair in Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Risk at the Department of Water Science and Engineering gave his inaugural lecture at the University of Twente on 10th November.
Monday 12 December 2016
NVBM Award for Bert Holtslag Bert Holtslag, full professor in Meteorology at WUR, has been awarded by the Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bevordering van de Metereologie (NVBM) for his impressing contribution to the development of meteorology, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Much of his work is applied in current weather and climate models. He is also first author of the standard work "Clear and Cloudy Boundary Layers".
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Medieval water power initiated the collapse of salmon stocks Salmon largely disappeared from European waters due to the construction of water mills, ecologists from Radboud University conclude (Scientific Reports, 20 July). The construction of water mills caused the destruction of the gravel beds in streams, making them unsuitable for salmon to spawn. Whereas it was previously thought that water contamination was the most likely explanation, archival research demonstrates that salmon stocks had already dwindled prior to the invention of the steam engine.
Wednesday 26 October 2016
SENSE general director Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance The COST Action on “Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 58 proposers with regional and international outreach beyond European borders. Through establishing an integrative vision, utilizing a series of approaches that inform research and future policy directions, the network aims to cross-cut sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Wednesday 26 October 2016