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Environment - Earth Sciences - 08.03.2023
How do you make an open and paved urban space climate-proof?
A scorching hot city: not pleasant at all, but an experience we've encountered for several summers. As the planet continues to warm up and climate zones shift further, tropical temperatures, heat waves and drought will put their mark on daily life in the Netherlands on a more regular basis. How can the built environment, where effects of heat are often amplified, be adapted? In field lab the Heat Square on TU Delft Campus, four researchers are working together to find solutions.

Environment - 07.03.2023
City climate plans are improving but still neglect vulnerable people
Most local authorities are not considering the needs of vulnerable people sufficiently when planning for climate change, according to a study of more than 300 European cities. A recent study led by the University of Twente has found that only 167 out of 327 European cities had full urban adaptation plans by the end of 2020 - with most found in the UK, followed by Poland, France, and Germany.

Environment - 04.03.2023
Breaking Down the Bias: Unpacking the Complexity of Sustainable Choices in Packaging
A research blog post on perceived sustainability by Tim Döring, an Assistant Professor at Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department. Sustainable choices are often more complex than we think - even when they seem crystal clear, our intuitions about sustainability can be wrong. Take something as simple as buying a cucumber - in or without plastic wrap.

Environment - 03.03.2023
Animal ecosystem engineers much stronger driver of salt marsh accretion than expected
The fate of coastal ecosystems depends on their ability to keep pace with sea-level rise-yet projections of accretion, the process by which marshes build up vertically, have widely ignored effects of animal ecosystem engineers.

Environment - 24.02.2023
Rising river temperatures hold important clues about climate and other human impacts
Rising river temperatures hold important clues about climate and other human impacts
An improved global understanding of river temperature could provide an important barometer for climate change and other human activities. River temperature is the fundamental water quality measure that regulates physical, chemical and biological processes in flowing waters and, in turn, impacts ecosystems, human health, and industrial, domestic and recreational uses by people.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 23.02.2023
War in Ukraine could escalate the global land rush
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Environment - Economics - 15.02.2023
Even chess experts perform worse when air quality is lower, suggesting a negative effect on cognition
Here's something else chess players need to keep in check: air pollution. That's the bottom line of a newly published study, showing that chess players perform objectively worse and make more suboptimal moves, as measured by a computerized analysis of their games, when there is more fine particulate matter in the air.

Environment - Life Sciences - 14.02.2023
New research module Ecotron enables the study of fully controlled small scale ecosystems
New research module Ecotron enables the study of fully controlled small scale ecosystems
The new state-of-the-art Ecotron module of the Netherlands Plant-Ecophenotyping Centre (NPEC) is now fully functional. The module, located in the new NPEC-dedicated building on the campus of Utrecht University, allows researchers to simulate and study agricultural and natural ecosystems. It consists of 36 enclosed units in which environmental conditions can be fully controlled and monitored.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 10.02.2023
When the glacier ice is gone, plants get to work
Around the world, retreating glaciers leave vast areas of unstable sediments behind. Researchers from Utrecht University, University of Bayreuth and University of Wuerzburg found that across mountain regions, plants actively aid the stabilisation of these sediments in a similar way, regardless of climate and plant species.

Innovation - Environment - 10.02.2023
New start-up to reduce global methane emission
Methane contributes significantly to climate change. Emission reduction of this greenhouse gas has shown high potential in quickly slowing down global warming. Utrecht University researcher Hossein Maazallahi recently founded his start-up Maaz Maps to accelerate methane emission reduction at the global scale.

Environment - 26.01.2023
Cold ice shelves Antarctica more vulnerable than previously thought
Cold ice shelves Antarctica more vulnerable than previously thought
Some cold ice shelves in Antarctica, which researchers initially thought would remain stable over the coming centuries, turn out to be vulnerable in the event of further global warming. This conclusion results from a study led by Utrecht climate researcher Melchior van Wessem. When ice shelves break up, they do not contribute to sea level rise, because they are already floating in the ocean.

Environment - 26.01.2023
Cold ice shelves Antarctica more vulnerable than previously thought
Some cold ice shelves in Antarctica, which researchers initially thought would remain stable over the coming centuries, turn out to be vulnerable in the event of further global warming. This conclusion results from a study led by Utrecht University and on which Stef Lhermitte and Bert Wouters from Delft University of Technology contributed.

Environment - Life Sciences - 25.01.2023
The dikes of the future will be more than just green turf
Rising sea levels, more frequent extreme precipitation and drier summers will put increasing demands on our dikes in the future. Over the next thirty years, 1,500 kilometres of dikes will need to be strengthened in the Netherlands alone. Ecologists from Radboud University and Wageningen University & Research claim that an increase in the number of flowers and herbs that are grown on dikes will already go a long way towards solving the problem.

Environment - 23.01.2023
More uncontrollable wildfires in the Netherlands with greater impact on society
More uncontrollable wildfires in the Netherlands with greater impact on society
Sorry! De informatie die je zoekt, is enkel beschikbaar in het Engels. You are not logged in yet to My study choice Portal. Login or create an account to save your programmes. In future, larger areas of the Netherlands will face an increase in wildfires, which may also increase in intensity. These are the findings of a consortium of experts from the Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV), the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Wageningen University & Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Deltares.

Environment - 16.01.2023
Climate risk to ports could have a huge economic impact
Climate risk to ports could have a huge economic impact
Nearly nine in ten major ports globally are exposed to damaging climate hazards, resulting in escalating economic impacts on global trade and world economies. This is according to new research led by the University of Oxford and involving climate risk scientist Elco Koks from VU Amsterdam. This is the first study that quantified the climate risks faced by ports in high resolution on a global scale.

Environment - 12.01.2023
Can nature-based climate change adaptation measures benefit the Dutch housing market?
The Netherlands needs to account for climate-driven flood risks when planning new housing advises the Deltaprogramma : where and how we build houses and what governments and homeowners can do to adapt to the increasing flood risks. Nature-based solutions (NbS) are a cornerstone of climate change adaptation worldwide.

Environment - Innovation - 12.01.2023
Antarctic rover performs research in the snow
Antarctic rover performs research in the snow
On January 20, Team POLAR showcases its first vehicle for independent climate research in icy, inhospitable regions such as the North and South Poles.

Environment - Innovation - 21.12.2022
Optimizing workspaces for headspaces. Can the right ambient conditions foster team creativity?
Interview with Melisa Yildiz, Ph.D. Candidate at Hasselt University, BE and Maastricht University, NL, and Felix van den Horst, CEO of Clairify B.V. That is precisely what Melisa Yildiz is researching at the moment. She presented the results she's gotten at the HealthBuild conference, and they look very promising.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 16.12.2022
Calculate the land-use impact of your diet
Agriculture is one of the leading causes of human induced land-use change globally. Our food consumption and production, especially in industrialised countries, is thereby damaging the planet.

Environment - Life Sciences - 14.12.2022
Biodiversity is crucial to cope with climate change
Biodiversity is crucial to cope with climate change
This week, the biodiversity conference takes place in Montreal, after it was postponed by Covid-19 in the Chinese city of Kunming last May. That postponement was worrying, says Professor of Land Use and Biodiversity Merel Soons , because time is running out for nature conservation. The reason our biodiversity is declining so much is well known.