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Natural Sciences of the Environment

News Archive

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
Spatial modelling of participatory scenarios advances landscape stakeholder discussions on shared pathways supporting SDGs Spatially explicit modelling tools can support participatory scenario development with stakeholders. This can be concluded from a set of casestudies in three different countries. The combined approach demonstrated the potential to achieve progress on multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) simultaneously. It proved to be a catalyst for building landscape partnerships and can be a foundation for landscape action planning and inspire the development of landscape wide investment portfolios.
Wednesday 21 November 2018
Re­sponses of wa­ter­birds to cli­mate change is linked to their pre­ferred win­ter­ing hab­it­ats A recent collaborative study between 21 European countries provides new insights into how waterbirds respond to the changes in winter weather conditions at large scale. The study shows that 25 waterbirds species respond to both year-to-year and long-term changes in winter weather conditions, which is evident by the changes in local abundances during winter.
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Building dams and reservoirs leads to more water use and shortage Building reservoirs leads to increases in long-term water use, resulting in prolonged periods of droughts and water shortages in downstream regions. This is concluded by a multidisciplinary team of ten drought scientists, including scientists from Utrecht University, in an article in Nature Sustainability. They recommend to put more effort into water conservation measures rather than in increased water supply.
Tuesday 13 November 2018
Pesticide residues present in more than 80% of European agricultural soils Soil contamination by pesticide residues has become an issue of increasing concern in the last few decades. Researchers from Wageningen University & Research tested 76 pesticide residues in agricultural topsoils from eleven EU countries. Over 80% of the soil samples contained pesticide residues, the research team reports in the scientific magazine Science of the Total Environment. The presence of mixtures of pesticide residues in soils are the rule rather than the exception, the study reveals.
Friday 9 November 2018
Feeding 10 billion people by 2050 within planetary limits may be achievable If we all start eating more healthy and plant-based foods, halve our food loss, recycle more waste and improve our agricultural practices, then by around 2050 we can feed around 10 billion people sustainably. "But it has to be a combination, because with just one of these measures we will not make it without exceeding environmental boundaries," says SENSE professor Wim de Vries of Wageningen University.
Tuesday 16 October 2018
What if the sea level should rise with ten metres? "The sea level kept rising. With higher dikes and big pumps the situation had been mastered for long. But with a 10-meter rise this was no longer possible."
SENSE professor Jeroen Aerts (VU) and SENSE alumnus Marjolijn Haasnoot (Deltares) contributed to an article with a "what if" scenario about this topic in NRC Handelsblad of 11 October 2018. (in Dutch)
Tuesday 16 October 2018
Four SENSE professors in Trouw Sustainable 100 ranking 2018 Four SENSE scientists are on Trouw’s 2018 annual list of the 100 most influential Dutch people in the area of sustainability.
Thursday 11 October 2018
Detlef van Vuuren (UU) wins Huibregtsen Prize for climate forecasting model Professor Detlef van Vuuren of Utrecht University and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) has received the 2018 Huibregtsen Prize for his research project IMAGE - scenarios for mapping climate change and options to explore climate policy at the 19th Evening of Science & Society held on 8 October 2018.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Arjen Hoekstra in Environmental Research Letters with: "The control versus resilience rationale for managing systems under uncertainty" We compare two rationales for the management of social-ecological systems under uncertainty: control and resilience. The first focuses at system performance, the second at system capacity to cope with change. The two schools of thought promote their own legitimacy, but undertake little effort to transcend their own perspective. Though, different scholars have pointed at the necessity of combining control and resilience for managing a system.
Tuesday 9 October 2018