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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Flying on biofuel for just a few extra euros The aviation sector accounts for 1.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, emissions produced by the sector are expected to increase by three to six times. In his doctoral thesis, SENSE PhD candidate Sierk de Jong (UU) argues that we can limit a large part of this growth by using biojet fuels, if we produce the fuel sustainably, develop new production technologies and introduce adequate policy incentives. De Jong also makes recommendations for policymakers and the aviation sector. De Jong defended his doctoral thesis in the University Hall of Utrecht University on 15 June 2018.
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Forest-rainfall cascades buffer against drought across the Amazon Tree transpiration in the Amazon may enhance rainfall for downwind forests. SENSE PhD Arie Staal (WU) published in Nature Climate Change how forest-rainfall cascades buffer the effects of drought and reveal a mechanism by which deforestation can compromise the resilience of the Amazon forest system in the face of future climatic extremes. On 22 June Arie Staal will defend his thesis on "Resilience of tropical forest and savanna: bridging theory and observation".
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Utrecht University is helping municipalities find alternatives to natural gas in houses Utrecht University collaborates with W/E Adviseurs and the Dutch Renewable Energy Foundation (Nederlandse Vereniging Duurzame Energie, NVDE) to help municipalities develop smart road maps to find alternatives to natural gas in neighbourhoods. Energy researcher Robert Harmsen is involved in the SmartTrans Energy Top Sector project.
Thursday 24 May 2018
Opiniestuk Maarten Hajer in NRC: "Kom uit het laboratorium en werk aan 't goede leven" Ingenieurs moeten niet alleen studie doen naar het klimaat, ze hebben ook de plicht om samen met sociologen te zoeken naar uitvoering van hun aanbevelingen, betoogt Maarten Hajer (UU).
Thursday 24 May 2018
KNAW membership for SENSE general board member Detlef van Vuuren (PBL) SENSE general board member Professor Detlef van Vuuren, climate scientist at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, has been awarded membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Van Vuuren receives this membership because of his outstanding scientific research on global sustainability issues, and on climate in particular.
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? The new book “Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?” has just appeared at Cambridge University Press with contributions of (current and former) SENSE researchers Lisa Sanderink, Oscar Widerberg, Philipp Pattberg, Sander Chan and Harro van Asselt (IVM-VU) and Robbert Biesbroek (WUR).
Tuesday 8 May 2018
Increasing climate variability will hit world’s poorest countries It has been difficult to predict how weather extremes such as heat waves and cold snaps might change in a future climate. Now, a team of researchers from the Universities of Wageningen, Montpellier and Exeter revealed an unfair pattern. The research team found that rich countries that contributed most to climate change will see less temperature fluctuation, whereas in poor countries the fluctuations will become stronger.
Tuesday 8 May 2018
From river to whale: how bad are microplastics for real? How bad microplastics really are remains a difficult question. It is beyond doubt that microplastics are omnipresent in the environment in huge numbers, and those numbers will increase for the time being. SENSE PhD Ellen Besseling (WUR) is the first PhD in the Netherlands graduated on a dissertation on these tiny particles and her conclusion is that ecological risks is not unlikely.
Thursday 19 April 2018
Frank Biermann (UU) awarded ERC Advanced Grant for SDG research Frank Biermann, Professor of Global Sustainability Governance, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. He will use this prestigious European grant worth EUR 2.5 million to conduct research into the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The ERC Advanced Grant is the European Research Council's highest research grant and is allocated annually to senior researchers whose groundbreaking work opens up new directions in their field.
Thursday 19 April 2018
A growing climate niche for giant trees New techniques using lasers on satellites reveal where giant trees are. An international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research and Nanjing University, now showed that across climate zones ‘giant forests’ (~40 m) are a markedly distinct phenomenon with a specific climate niche that may expand globally with climate change.
Thursday 19 April 2018