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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Climate action improves air quality and helping us grow more food A new EU Joint Research Centre study finds that the air quality improvements stemming from currently pledged energy and climate policies can prevent more than 71,000 premature deaths annually by 2030 and significantly increase agricultural crop yields.
Thursday 22 November 2018
Re­sponses of wa­ter­birds to cli­mate change is linked to their pre­ferred win­ter­ing hab­it­ats A recent collaborative study between 21 European countries provides new insights into how waterbirds respond to the changes in winter weather conditions at large scale. The study shows that 25 waterbirds species respond to both year-to-year and long-term changes in winter weather conditions, which is evident by the changes in local abundances during winter.
Tuesday 20 November 2018
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 (Deltares) 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
Arctic plants grow taller amid warming climate Plants in the Arctic are growing taller because of climate change, according to research from a global scientific collaboration. UK Researchers have discovered that the effects of climate change are behind an increase in plant height across the tundra over the past 30 years.
Monday 8 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