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Environment - 05.07.2023
Floating plants best at purifying wastewater and there's a bonus: they can recover phosphorus
Floating plants best at purifying wastewater and there’s a bonus: they can recover phosphorus
According to research by Lisanne Hendriks, an ecologist at Radboud University, azolla and duckweed are the best floating aquatic plants for purifying wastewater. The plants absorb nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater and so render it much cleaner. The phosphorus and other pollutants in the water can then be recovered and reused.

Environment - 04.07.2023
Aquatic animals living closer to the edge when it comes to heat stress
Aquatic animals living closer to the edge when it comes to heat stress
Amphipods have a much smaller safety margin to cope with warmer water in rivers than has been recognised previously. They also need to get used to warmer water gradually. This is shown by the research of, among other ecologists, Wilco Verberk of Radboud University. The study presents a new method for measuring the heat tolerance of animals, which makes it easier to link the lab with fieldwork.

Physics - Environment - 29.06.2023
Eight TU Delft researchers receive Vidi grants
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded eight TU Delft researchers from the Science (ENW) and Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) domains, a Vidi grant of up to 800,000 euro. This will enable the laureates to develop an innovative line of research over the next five years and further expand their own research group.

Environment - 28.06.2023
Reflection on the Sustainability Dialogues: turning ideas into action
We launched the Sustainability Dialogues with the UT community in February with great drive and determination. It suits the diversity and urgency of the climate change issue, and also the value the UT community gives to contributing to solutions.

Environment - Innovation - 26.06.2023
Resilience Reflections #2: Combining science domains for clean water
Resilience Reflections #2: Combining science domains for clean water
Recognising the urgent need to respond to rapid societal and environmental change, resilience is one of the University of Twente's spearheads. As an academic institution, we have a role to play in strengthening the resilience of the social, technological and environmental systems that support us. In this weekly series, UT researchers share their personal reflections on current events and trends that impact our daily lives, exploring their implications for resilience.

Environment - 09.06.2023
Net-zero targets require implementation to meet climate goals
Net-zero targets require implementation to meet climate goals
Without further implementation net-zero targets will not deliver their intended climate mitigation. Many net-zero targets are not legally binding, nor are they accompanied by either a long-term plan or effective short-term policies, a new study finds. For the Paris climate goals to come within reach this would need to happen.

Environment - Life Sciences - 08.06.2023
Effect of nitrogen deposition on animal species stronger than expected
Anthropogenic increased nitrogen deposition is a well-known environmental stressor, resulting in impoverishment of soil quality in naturally nutrient-poor ecosystems. As a result, habitat conditions for plant and animal species are also changing. Such changes are sometimes clearly visible in the field.

Innovation - Environment - 06.06.2023
'Everything Flows in the Netherlands'
’Everything Flows in the Netherlands’
New report highlights the importance of fluid dynamics research at TU/e and other universities for Dutch industry Dutch industry employs more than 19,000 people who are working on fluid flows in their many different forms. The export of products and services in the field of flow dynamics provides great added value for the economy and society.

Environment - 30.05.2023
Fragmented habitats may need to be better connected than previously thought
A model study reveals that the seeds of plants in small, fragmented habitats can abruptly evolve in such a way that they can no longer travel long distances. As a consequence, plants are less successful in reaching other habitats. This insight shows that fragmented natural areas may need to be better connected than previously assumed.

Environment - Computer Science - 30.05.2023
Using AI to push the boundaries of wildlife survey technologies
Scientists of the department of Natural Resources (ITC Faculty - University of Twente) recently published an article in the scientific journal Nature Communications . In their research, associate professor from the NRS Department Dr Tiejun Wang (corresponding author) and his master's student Ms.

Environment - 22.05.2023
Adaptation can reduce migration due to sea-level rise
Adaptation can reduce migration due to sea-level rise
Adaptation measures, like building dikes at coastal cities, can reduce internal migration due to sea level rise by 30 to 90 percent in 2100. This is concluded in a study by climate scientist Lena Reimann of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This is concluded in a recently published study - Exploring spatial feedbacks between adaptation policies and internal migration patterns due to sea-level rise - in Nature Communications, led by Lena Reimann, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Environment - 22.05.2023
TU Delft monitors biodiversity for green TU Delft Campus
Monday, 22 May 2023, during Biodiversity Day, TU Delft is launching a collaboration with to make the TU Delft Campus more green and vibrant. René Hoonhout and Tim Tabak from EcoCampus gave tours to students and staff to discover and capture plants, animals and organisms on campus.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 17.05.2023
’That we have enough time is a misconception’
Four Utrecht researchers, each with slightly different areas of expertise and at different stages in their careers. But with one urgent shared concern: climate is changing, ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising. This concern is crystal clear. But the complex research behind it is far from simple for most people.

Environment - 09.05.2023
Crop failure risk reduction using long-term predictions
VU Amsterdam climate scientist Sem Vijverberg developed new methods to make long-term weather predictions with the help of data-driven techniques. Suchlike predictions can be extremely useful to the agricultural industry. For example, a grower could choose to purchase more drought-resistant plants when a long dry summer is forecast.

Innovation - Environment - 08.05.2023
TU Delft focuses on battery of the future
A major challenge in the energy transition is the efficient and flexible storage and transportation of renewable energy. Batteries will play an important role in this. However, much research and innovation are still required. In order to encourage this, on Thursday 11 May 2023 TU Delft will be launching e4BatteryDelft: a brand-new platform that will focus on electrochemical storage of renewable energy - with respect for the world around us, in a way that is affordable and also totally European.

Environment - Materials Science - 04.05.2023
A breakthrough that makes solar panels better than ever
A breakthrough that makes solar panels better than ever
Solar energy is the cheapest and most accessible form of energy. Now, it will be more efficient than ever. Scientists from a Chinese solar technology company have developed a new type of solar cell that could be a game-changer in the world's transition towards renewable energy. Advanced modelling, performed by researchers at TU Delft, played a pivotal role deep understanding and engineering of the innovation.

Environment - 28.04.2023
Nitrogen also affects soil invertebrates and insects
Higher levels of nitrogen in the environment (coming from fertilisers and livestock, for example) not only affect plants but also soil invertebrates and insects. The diversity of roundworms declines in areas with high input of nitrogen, and numbers of some arthropods drop. However, other species of arthropods benefit from the extra nitrogen.

Environment - Social Sciences - 24.04.2023
'The techniques for the energy transition are not there yet'
’The techniques for the energy transition are not there yet’
At Utrecht University, interdisciplinary research into a sustainable future comes together in Pathways to Sustainability. To do justice to the natural sciences in this strategic theme, Professor René van Roij  together with several colleagues from the Faculties of Science and Geosciences initiated the community Science for Sustainability  a year ago.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.04.2023
Past extreme climate warming triggered by tipping points
Past extreme climate warming triggered by tipping points
Can a rapid warming of Earth trigger tipping points in our climate? For decades scientists have debated if today's warming can strongly amplify itself by triggering a catastrophic release of greenhouse gases. New research, published in Science Advances , now presents evidence that such tipping points did occur in Earth's history.

Life Sciences - Environment - 04.04.2023
Even in their own environment, specialist microbes are dominated by generalists
Specialized microorganisms that are found in only one type of environment turn out to occur there in relatively low but stable numbers. Microorganisms that live in many different types of environments, on the other hand, are able to rapidly increase in numbers when conditions are favourable. Researchers from Utrecht University and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena conclude this based on a new method to distinguish generalist and specialist microbes, which they applied to a large, global dataset.