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

News Archive

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
Wiebke Klemm in Nature Today with Draft directives for climate-proof green in the city Een belangrijk punt op de duurzaamheidsagenda’s van veel gemeenten is de klimaatbestendige stad. Nieuw hierin is hitte: hoe kunnen wij openbare ruimte zodanig vormgeven dat stadsbewoners geen overlast ervaren door hitte? Recent onderzoek biedt hiervoor negen direct toepasbare ontwerprichtlijnen. Deze kunnen landschapsarchitecten bij gemeenten helpen bij het inrichten van openbare ruimtes.
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Ingestion of plastic by Polar Cod The Arctic Ocean is often considered an undisturbed and pristine environment. Unfortunately, the Arctic isn’t an enclosed system but influenced by humans, as nowadays climate change and pollution play major roles. During the last few years, an additional gyre has been indicated in the vicinity of the Svalbard archipelago, accumulating marine plastic debris from southern, more urbanized areas. Plastic particles trapped in sea ice can be released as that ice melts, becoming available to organisms living and feeding underneath the sea ice.
Monday 9 April 2018
WALRUS shows rainwater discharge in lowland river catchments The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management chair group of Wageningen UR hosted a users' day in cooperation with Deltares for representatives of water boards, Rijkswaterstaat, consultancy firms and knowledge institutes. The central focus of the day was the Wageningen Lowland Runoff Simulator (WALRUS), a rainfall-discharge model for lowland river catchments. This model was developed by SENSE PhD graduate Claudia Brauer as part of her PhD research. ‘Our model is already being used by five water boards, for example as a prediction model for high water or as a reference model,’ explains Claudia Brauer. ‘There were 30 people at the users’ day, including hydrologists from 13 water boards, and they were able to practice with the model themselves. There is therefore a good chance that it will be used even more in the future.’
Wednesday 4 April 2018
Pavel Kabat (WUR) new director World Meteorological Organization The World Meteorological Organization has appointed Pavel Kabat as its first chief scientist and research director. He will lead the overall strategic direction of the WMO science, and its underlying research activities, including the World Climate Research Programme, the World Weather Research Programme and WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch, which monitors greenhouse gas concentrations, air quality and the ozone layer.
Monday 26 March 2018
Models show how to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C New model-based scenarios show that that there are ways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C instead of 2.0˚C by 2100. In a research paper published in Nature Climate Change, researchers, among whom several scientists from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Utrecht University used several computer models to show that 1.5˚C scenarios will among other things require peaking of greenhouse gas emissions way before 2030, followed by rapid reductions and finally negative emissions.
Thursday 22 March 2018
Frank Berendse (WUR): "Nu nuchter nadenken over een echte oplossing voor de Oostvaardersplassen" Nu de ergste kou het land uit is en de actievoerders met hun balen hooi de Oostvaardersplassen hebben verlaten, is het de hoogste tijd dat we nuchter gaan nadenken over de toekomst van dit prachtige gebied, vindt Frank Berendse, hoogleraar natuurbeheer Wageningen University.
Thursday 22 March 2018
IVM-VU and the Faculty of Religion and Theology announce 2018 senior fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene Professor Ernst M. Conradie from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa has been appointed as Senior Fellow in the Ethics of the Anthropocene Program of IVM-VU for 2018. His term at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will run for two periods in May and June 2018 and November 2018 to January 2019. The Ethics of the Anthropocene Fellowship is a collaborative initiative of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and the Faculty of Theology. It is intended to foster research projects at the interface of ethics, religion and global environmental change.
Tuesday 20 February 2018