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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Evaluatie Green Deals circulaire economie PBL heeft onderzocht welke rol Green Deals kunnen spelen als wegbereider voor een circulaire economie. Uit de evaluatie blijkt dat de Green Deals weliswaar meerwaarde hebben voor het proces van groene innovatie, maar niet vanzelfsprekend tot milieuwinst leiden. De overheid wil met Green Deals de dynamiek in de samenleving via groene projecten stimuleren. Voor dit onderzoek zijn 36 deals geselecteerd die zich richten op het sluiten van kringlopen.
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Low selenium in Dutch soils. What are the consequences? - Research Blog SENSE PhD candidate Supriatin Have you ever heard an element called selenium (Se)? This element is apparently one of the essential nutrients required by humans and animals (cattle or livestock). Studying the amount and availability of selenium in agricultural soils in the Netherlands is as important as finding options to have adequate intake of selenium in humans and cattle. In this article we will bring you to the results of current research about the consequences of low selenium content in agricultural soils, especially in the Netherlands, on the above ground food chain, including crops, animals (cattle or livestock) and humans, and possible options to alleviate the effects.
Wednesday 12 October 2016
Wave and tidal energy plants are ‘green’ technologies, but unknown environmental effects remain, says SENSE PhD candidate Mélanie Douziech Environmental impacts for a wave energy device, tidal stream and tidal range plants are potentially eight, 20 and 115 times lower respectively than for coal-generated power, averaged over five impact categories. An assessment of the amount of metal used by these technologies, however, shows an impact respectively 11 and 17 times higher than for coal- and gas-based power generators. These are the findings of a recent study, which compared the life-cycle environmental impacts of various wave and tidal energy devices with other forms of energy generation. The researchers conclude that wave and tidal energy plants qualify as ‘green’ technologies according to their definition, but that their impacts on marine ecosystems need further research.
Wednesday 12 October 2016
Call to participate in the new SENSE network on the transition to a circular economy Huub Rijnaarts, chairman of the SENSE Board is preparing a SENSE network meeting together with Joke van Wensem of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on how SENSE researchers, Companies and Governments can join forces to assist this process. If you are interested to take active role in this please send an email.
Thursday 29 September 2016
Rik Leemans in De Kennis van Nu: Hoe kun je de gevolgen van klimaatopwarming eigenlijk voorspellen? Een verhoogd risico op ratten, zika, malaria, overstromingen... Of klimaatopwarming er nu echt de oorzaak van zal is (zoals sommige media of studies beweren) is niet altijd duidelijk. Dat bracht ons op de vraag: hoe kun je als klimaatwetenschapper überhaupt onderzoeken of er iets in de toekomst zal gebeuren? Het weer voor de komende vier dagen voorspellen is vaak al zo’n moeilijk vraagstuk.
Tuesday 27 September 2016
New global dataset supports the hundreds of millions of people threatened by sea-level rise Extreme sea-levels - which can cause catastrophic floods - have been mapped with greater accuracy than ever before in a new study by Dutch researchers (IVM-VU and Deltares), published in Nature Communications of 27 June 2016. This allows for a much better mapping and understanding of the risks faced by the more than 600 million people living in low-lying coastal areas.
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Veni grant awarded to Obbe Tuinenburg (Copernicus-UU) to improve drought predictability The aim of his proposed research is to get earlier and better warnings of droughts at the seasonal timescale. On this seasonal timescale, the questions we ask are not "How much precipitation will fall next Friday?", but rather "Will August be a relatively wet or dry month?". This seasonal timescale coincides with the timescale of droughts, and is currently under much scientific study.
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Brian Dermody (Copernicus-UU) writes best thesis in Environmental Sciences in 5 last years SENSE PhD Brian Dermody from Utrecht University received the prestigious Martinus van Marum Prize on June 17th for the thesis "Sol Invictus: Holocene Climate Change and its Impact in the Roman Mediterranean", which he wrote in 2014. The prize consists of a medal and a cheque for €12,500 and is awarded every 5 years by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and the J.C. Ruigrok Foundation for a thesis in the field of Environmental Sciences.
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Researchers raise the alarm: Amazone suffocates by drought Fifty international geo scientists have published a new report, which states that the trees in the Amazone can no longer capture CO2 because of extreme tropical draught. The Dutch newspaper Trouw reports about this.
Friday 12 August 2016
NWO Veni awards for Ingid van der Laan-Luijkx and Nora Sutton (WIMEK-WU) The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant of maximum 250,000 euros to 158 researchers who have recently gained their doctorate. With a Veni grant from NWO, highly promising young researchers can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.
Friday 12 August 2016