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Natural Sciences of the Environment

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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
Fossil fuel subsidy removal reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but less than hoped for Ending fossil fuel subsidies would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 1-5%, according to a paper published in Nature. Most of this impact would be achieved in fossil fuel exporting countries. In most other regions subsidies are less and ending them would thus deliver a smaller impact.
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Increase in extremes calls for intensive river monitoring Climate change and changes in land use mean that the past can tell us very little about future extreme discharges of rivers. A clever combined approach of monitoring and management of delta areas improves safety, keeps shipping channels navigable, provides a supply of freshwater and strengthens biodiversity. This according to Prof. Ton Hoitink who was appointed to a personal professorship at Wageningen University & Research on 25 January.
Wednesday 31 January 2018
New cooperation between SENSE and ECOS (Ecology and Society) Sweden Recently SENSE started a collaboration with the research school Ecology and Society (ECOS), which is part of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. This implies that SENSE PhD candidates are invited to participate in ECOS courses.
Thursday 11 January 2018
Dr. Brenden Jongman (IVM/VU, Worldbank) receives SENSE PhD Award 2017 It is a pleasure to announce that the bi-annual SENSE PhD Award for best SENSE dissertation in previous two years, has been awarded to dr. Brenden Jongman for his PhD research on Unravelling the Drivers of Flood Risk across Spatial Scales (2015) at IVM, VU (with Prof. Jeroen Aerts, IVM as promotor and Dr. Philip Ward, IVM as co-promotor).
Thursday 11 January 2018
Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world's vulnerable regions We are excited to announce the start of the Re-imagininganticipatory climate governance in the world'svulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE), made possible by the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Tuesday 9 January 2018
Dutch Innovation Award for Plant-e On October 31st, spin-off company Plant-e of SENSE graduate Marjolein Helder (WU) won the prestigious Dutch Innovation Award in the category Social Impact. The prize is an initiative of the Dutch broadcasting company AVROTROS and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The jury appreciated the company’s innovative solution to the energy problem, its social vision and the intention to supply underdeveloped areas with truly green electricity.
Thursday 23 November 2017
Utrecht University will host the Earth System Governance project office The Earth System Governance Project and Utrecht University have reached an agreement that Utrecht will host the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance network from 2019 onwards.
Thursday 26 October 2017