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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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Thursday 4 July 2019
Spin-off Paul O'Callaghan (WUR): Combininga business and a PhD: a win-win situation BlueTech Research is a company specialized in providing clients with crucial water technology information. Founder and CEO Paul O’Callaghan successfully combines his business with a PhD on water technology at the Environmental Technology group of WUR. ‘Both jobs are intertwined. They complement and reinforce each other, thus improving the quality of both.’
Thursday 27 June 2019
Joost Vervoort (UU) awarded Vidi grant to unlock the potential of games for sustainable societies Dr Joost Vervoort (UU) has been awarded an NWO Vidi grant to research how simulation gaming can be used to experiment with new ways of organising sustainable future societies. State and non-state actors around the world are urgently seeking new ways to reach global goals such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But where do governments and other actors start when exploring the complex interdisciplinary challenges associated with achieving these goals?
Thursday 6 June 2019
Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR) receive Vidi grants The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will award €800,000 each to Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR). They will be able to use this money over the next five years to develop innovative research lines and to establish the accompanying research group.
Tuesday 4 June 2019
‘Investment risk is holding back energy transition’ The present market regulations make it extremely risky to invest in green energy, and this is impeding the fight against climate change. This is what Oscar Kraan (LU) writes in his dissertation. The PhD defence was on 25 April.
Thursday 9 May 2019
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