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Natural Sciences of the Environment
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Natural Sciences of the Environment

News Archive

Hydropower has potential to provide half of global electricity needs According to scientists at Utrecht University, hydropower could provide enough electricity to supply almost half of the world, but this was not widely known up to now as only limited information about the potential was available. The researchers published their findings in the scientific journal Nature Energy on 18 September.
Monday 2 October 2017
A better global environment through globalisation Globalisation has mostly negative connotations with market forces and free trade as the driver of the economy and with major influence over policy and culture. But as Prof. Simon Bush, professor of Environmental Policy, contends in his inaugural address to Wageningen University & Research on 7 September, globalisation can also have a positive impact on the environment.
Monday 2 October 2017
Finally political attention for heat stress Heat stress is a prominent topic which, according to the Cabinet, deserves serious attention in the decades to come. The State Opening of the Dutch Parliament (Prinsjesdag) will see the publication of the Delta Plan for Spatial Adaptation, a plan that details measures for containing the damage caused by water, heat stress, drought and flooding because of climate change. In a recent letter to the Dutch House of Representatives on the subject, State Secretary for Infrastructure & the Environment Sharon Dijksma refers to work carried out by ESG, including the Climate Effect Atlas, the Impact project in Zeeland, the UrbanClimAd app, the REALCOOL project and the development of an intricate weather forecast model that will eventually be able to predict heat right down to street level.
Monday 2 October 2017
Dutch climate experts join forces Fourteen Dutch knowledge organisations, including SENSE partners Utrecht University and the University of Twente, have joined forces to provide government bodies and companies in the Netherlands and abroad with better policy advice on adapting to the enormous challenges posed by climate change. On 31 August, they signed agreements to establish the Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA). The consortium will integrate knowledge and expertise from various sectors and disciplines. This will allow them to respond more effectively to the complex policy questions raised by rapid warming and in the context of global sustainable development goals.
Sunday 1 October 2017
Inaugural address Fulco Ludwig (WUR): Energy and agriculture compete for water in changing climate How to globally supply food and energy production with enough water, remaing enough for nature, in a climate that continues to get dryer? In his inaugural address at Wageningen University and Research on 22 June prof. Fulco Ludwig gives an overview of deminishing water currents and offers perspectives for governments and individual farmers.
Wednesday 21 June 2017
Inauguration Violette Geissen (WUR): 'Standards are desperately needed for plastic and pesticide contamination in soil' In addition to plastic in the oceans, plastic contamination in arable land throughout Europe and other parts of the world is a growing problem. No standards exist for these types of soil pollutants, nor for pesticide residues or their degradation products. For this reason, Professor Violette Geissen is calling for standards to be implemented. On 15 June, Geissen delivered her inaugural address as professor holding a personal chair at Wageningen University & Research.
Wednesday 21 June 2017
What will happen if Trump withdraws from Paris Agreement An interview with Professor Detlef van Vuuren about the G-7 conference that starts today. Will Trump step out of the Paris Agreement?
Tuesday 20 June 2017
Open for applications: The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change Application deadline: 14 July 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017
Professor Eddy Moors new Rector IHE Delft Professor Eddy Moors will become the new Rector of IHE Delft. He was officially introduced at the Institute’s 60th Anniversary Conference. Eddy Moors will succeed Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, who has been Rector ad interim for the past 1,5 years. Professor Moors will start on 1 July.
Thursday 1 June 2017
SENSE group Environmental Technology (WU) contributes to sustainable urban development in China The Environmental Technology Group of Wageningen UR (ETE) has started contributing to solve environmental problems related to big cities in China. In close collaboration with WIMEK (the Wageningen SENSE partner) and ETE, Tsinghua University will setup a new research institute in Suzhou, aimed at sustainable urban development. ETE researcher and SENSE PhD candidate Wei-Shan Chen is facilitating this collaboration using Dutch experience and technology.
Tuesday 30 May 2017