Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

News Archive

A growing climate niche for giant trees New techniques using lasers on satellites reveal where giant trees are. An international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research and Nanjing University, now showed that across climate zones ‘giant forests’ (~40 m) are a markedly distinct phenomenon with a specific climate niche that may expand globally with climate change.
Thursday 19 April 2018
Wiebke Klemm in Nature Today with Draft directives for climate-proof green in the city Een belangrijk punt op de duurzaamheidsagenda’s van veel gemeenten is de klimaatbestendige stad. Nieuw hierin is hitte: hoe kunnen wij openbare ruimte zodanig vormgeven dat stadsbewoners geen overlast ervaren door hitte? Recent onderzoek biedt hiervoor negen direct toepasbare ontwerprichtlijnen. Deze kunnen landschapsarchitecten bij gemeenten helpen bij het inrichten van openbare ruimtes.
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Ingestion of plastic by Polar Cod The Arctic Ocean is often considered an undisturbed and pristine environment. Unfortunately, the Arctic isn’t an enclosed system but influenced by humans, as nowadays climate change and pollution play major roles. During the last few years, an additional gyre has been indicated in the vicinity of the Svalbard archipelago, accumulating marine plastic debris from southern, more urbanized areas. Plastic particles trapped in sea ice can be released as that ice melts, becoming available to organisms living and feeding underneath the sea ice.
Monday 9 April 2018
WALRUS shows rainwater discharge in lowland river catchments The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management chair group of Wageningen UR hosted a users' day in cooperation with Deltares for representatives of water boards, Rijkswaterstaat, consultancy firms and knowledge institutes. The central focus of the day was the Wageningen Lowland Runoff Simulator (WALRUS), a rainfall-discharge model for lowland river catchments. This model was developed by SENSE PhD graduate Claudia Brauer as part of her PhD research. ‘Our model is already being used by five water boards, for example as a prediction model for high water or as a reference model,’ explains Claudia Brauer. ‘There were 30 people at the users’ day, including hydrologists from 13 water boards, and they were able to practice with the model themselves. There is therefore a good chance that it will be used even more in the future.’
Wednesday 4 April 2018
Pavel Kabat (WUR) new director World Meteorological Organization The World Meteorological Organization has appointed Pavel Kabat as its first chief scientist and research director. He will lead the overall strategic direction of the WMO science, and its underlying research activities, including the World Climate Research Programme, the World Weather Research Programme and WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch, which monitors greenhouse gas concentrations, air quality and the ozone layer.
Monday 26 March 2018
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