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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Scientists support school strike for climate In Europe young people take to the streets to demand more climate ambition from their governments. Based on the facts generated by climate science, the activists are quite right. Radical action is required to quickly and drastically reduce greenhouse gasses and prevent climate change to cause major changes on earth. On the day of the Dutch school strike for climate 350 Dutch scientists publish an open letter in the Dutch newspaper Trouw, titled: "Climate agreement: time for political leadership!"
Thursday 7 February 2019
Spin-off: Implementing cost-effective technologies for removing pharmaceuticals from wastewater Four years ago, Ph.D. scientist Arnoud de Wilt (WU) investigated the use of microalgae, in combination with bacteria and light, for improved micro-pollutant degradation in wastewater. This photo-bioreactor was very effective in breaking down different medicine residues in wastewater. However, implementing his idea proved to be challenging due to less favorable conditions for microalgae growth in The Netherlands. Therefore, in the last stage of his research, de Wilt focused on using ozone in combination with bacteria to degrade these compounds. The extra biological treatment step demonstrated a more efficient removal of micro-pollutants compared to just ozone treatment. Hence, implementation of this new cost-effective technology in current wastewater treating plants is promising.
Wednesday 6 February 2019
Summary report of the 2018 AGU meeting session on compound events The research field of so-called 'compound events' looks at many different perils. This session during the fall AGU meeting, covered flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, wind but also how such perils may concurrently or consecutively combine. Researchers presented novel multivariate methods and extensive modelling to analyse these complex systems on local and global scales.
Compound events website, Monday 14 January 2019
North Sea fisheries show a preference for unusual habitats A broad analysis of three types of fishing, beam trawling for sole and plaice and otter fishing for Nordic lobster and flatfish, has shown that fisheries frequent very specific habitats in the North Sea. Researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) and Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) published on this topic in the academic journal PLOS One on 18 December.
University of Groningen, Tuesday 18 December 2018
More floods and water scarcity ahead, but there is still time to mitigate their severity Flooding and water scarcity in Europe will increase in the coming decades, but to a much lesser extent if the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change are met.
EU Science Hub, Tuesday 11 December 2018
Growth in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed in 2017 In 2017, the warmest year on record of years without the occurrence of El Niño, and a year with normal global economic growth, the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions resumed at a rate of 1.3% per year, reaching 50.9 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent. This was mainly due to emissions of CO2 and methane (CH4), which increased by 1.2%, after two years of almost no growth. With a share of about 73% for CO2 and 18% for methane, these emissions form the lion’s share of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Wednesday 5 December 2018
New approach helps mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles New research published in Scientific Reports has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. A range of experiments were conducted between 2012-2017 in St Eustatius Marine Park in the Dutch Caribbean by Swansea University and Wageningen University & Research in association with St Eustatius National Parks, Groningen University and Deakin University in Australia.
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Modern Greenland ice sheet melt unprecedented since age of industrialisation Current melting at the surface of the Greenland ice sheet is unprecedented for at least the last three-and-a-half centuries. That is what a group of climate researchers from the US, Belgium and Utrecht University report in the journal Nature, based on melt records from three ice cores drilled in central west Greenland.
Wednesday 5 December 2018
EU researchers test cost-saving and soil-protecting potential of farming techniques “We’ve identified and are testing potential cropping systems that don’t just improve agricultural soil quality, but also boost profitability.” That’s the simple message Rudi Hessel of Wageningen Environmental Research is sending on behalf of the EU-funded SoilCare project to the farming sector today, 5 December 2018, Word Soil Day.
Wednesday 5 December 2018
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