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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Large-scale degradation of Caribbean coral reefs in the last 40 years The coral reefs of Curaçao and Bonaire have undergone large-scale ecological degradation since the 1970s. This degradation is mainly caused by population growth on the Caribbean islands and the effects of climate change. These are some of the gloomy conclusions drawn by Didier de Bakker, SENSE PhD candidate at Wageningen Marine Research, in his thesis which he defended on 17 April. But it appears that there is still hope for the coral reefs.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Microplastics widely detected in freshwaters, yet most studies are not fully reliable Microplastics are widely detected in freshwater, wastewater and a limited number of drinking water studies. But the majority of the studies (92% of the reviewed studies) cannot be considered fully complete or reliable on at least one crucial aspect of quality assurance. This is the outcome of a critical review study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and performed by the Wageningen Microplastic Research team led by prof. Bart Koelmans at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). The study will inform the forthcoming WHO report on possible human health risks associated with microplastics in drinking water, due in May 2019.
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Frank Biermann (UU) in Dutch newspaper: “Investigate ‘cooling down’ the Earth” The Netherlands have to take a stance in the increasing international discussion on the deliberate intervention in the Earth’s climate system as a possible solution to climate change and investigate the risks of this technique, argues Frank Biermann, professor of Global Sustainability Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, today in an op-ed in the Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant. He was also interviewed about this topic on Dutch national radio.
Wednesday 10 April 2019
UN report: environmental targets not achievable without drastic change The world is not on track to achieve internationally agreed environmental targets, such as those outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. To get on track, drastic change is required: more sustainable food systems, improved agricultural yields, renewable energy and a circular economy. Integrated policy approaches are crucial. These are some of the main messages in the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of UN Environment. Along with other colleagues Prof Detlef van Vuuren of Utrecht University and PBL assessed a large number of scenario studies.
Wednesday 10 April 2019
ERC Advanced Grant for Arjen Hoekstra, Bram Nauta and Andrew Skidmore (University of Twente) Three researchers of the University of Twente, Bram Nauta, Arjen Hoekstra (SENSE) and Andrew Skidmore (SENSE), will receive an ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. The ERC announced the latest awarded grants today. In total, 222 researchers will receive a financial contribution to their research, with a maximum of €2.5 million per grantee.
Monday 1 April 2019
Research Vici for Ton Hoitink (WUR) WUR scientist Ton Hoitink has won a Vici grant of 1.5 milion euros. Hoitink is researching how the loss of a foreshore disrupts the sediment balance in deltas.
The Vici grant, one of the biggest personal scientific awards in the Netherlands, is part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). With the 1.5-million-euro award, the researchers can develop their own line of research in the next five years and create a research group.
Wednesday 20 March 2019
1.4 million euros in support of climate research NESSC NESSC has been awarded an additional 1.4 million euros for research of climate change in the past. The contribution, awarded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme of the European Union co-finances thirteen talented, international PhD students.
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Heleen de Conick (RU) during March for Climate: We do have a choice On 10 March 2019 tens of thousands of people attended the March for Climate in Amsterdam. One of the speakers was Heleen de Coninck (RU), climate scientist of the UN panel IPCC. An abbreviated version of her speech was published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. "Our world is changing rapidly anyway. With an ambitious climate policy or without it. The Netherlands too will never be the same again."
Monday 11 March 2019
Behaviour essential in energy-efficient living After renovating their home, some people actually start using more energy. Researchers from Wageningen signalled that behaviour plays a big role and they now help local authorities, energy cooperatives, and housing cooperatives to provide customised solutions. This is achieved by both installing advanced heating systems and insulation as well as by trusting the residents to be experts in their own energy use. What actions do you take to be more energy efficient? What else can be done?
Monday 25 February 2019
SENSE PhD Miedema: "Electrical cars won't mitigate the greenhouse effect" On 14 January 2019 SENSE PhD candidate Jan Hessels Miedema graduated on his thesis "Biomass or batteries. The role of three technological innovations in the energy transition". In the Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden he discusses the feasibility of the intention of the Dutch government that from 2030 onward only electrical cars will be sold.
Monday 11 February 2019