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Environment - 21.01.2016
How two degrees may turn into four
How two degrees may turn into four
The world has decided to adopt measures to prevent average global warming from exceeding the two-degree mark. But what does this mean for temperature and the distribution of heavy precipitation on a regional level? Climate researchers have now calculated this. At the recent COP21 climate conference in Paris, delegates reached an agreement that plans to limit global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius.

Materials Science - Environment - 18.01.2016
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2% efficiency
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2% efficiency
EPFL scientists have developed a solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.2%.

Environment - Chemistry - 07.01.2016
A super-fine solution to sponge up micropollutants
A super-fine solution to sponge up micropollutants
07.01.16 - A super-fine form of powdered activated carbon captures micropollutants more rapidly than the conventional kind and could by used in Swiss wastewater treatment plants, say EPFL researchers in a new study. Even at extremely low concentrations, micropollutants - trace amounts of chemical compounds from pharmaceutical or agricultural chemicals - can pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems.

Environment - 04.01.2016
Meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet releasing faster
Meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet releasing faster
The firn layers of the Greenland ice sheet might store less meltwater than previously assumed. Researchers from the USA, Denmark and the University of Zurich fear that this could lead to increased release of the meltwater into the oceans. The near-surface layers of the Greenland ice sheet are made up of snow that is gradually being converted into glacier ice.

Environment - 26.11.2015
Tiny amoebas could play a big role in climate
Tiny amoebas could play a big role in climate
26.11.15 - For the first time, researchers at EPFL and the WSL investigate how the fate of tiny algae-harboring amoebas that live in peatlands could reinforce global warming. The world's peatlands store tremendous amounts of carbon - up to 20 years' worth of human and natural emissions.

Environment - 18.11.2015
Plant roots shaped by river fluctuations
Plant roots shaped by river fluctuations
Changing flow rates in rivers can be disruptive to bushes and trees that grow on riverbanks. Now, researchers from EPFL have developed a way to predict how fluctuations in the water table impact the roots that nourish them.

Health - Environment - 11.11.2015
Tackling a neglected disease with math
Tackling a neglected disease with math
11.11.15 - Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease that is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Life Sciences - Environment - 05.11.2015
Faster digestion in kangaroos reduces methane emissions
Faster digestion in kangaroos reduces methane emissions
Why does a kangaroo expel less methane than a cow? Researchers from the University of Zurich and Australia decide to investigate - and discovered that the emission of this climate-damaging gas in kangaroos is linked to how long food is digested. Animals produce methane during the digestion process - some more than others.

Environment - Innovation - 26.10.2015
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
26.10.15 - A system for managing and storing energy, developed by EPFL's Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, has been inaugurated on the school's campus.

Life Sciences - Environment - 16.10.2015
The future of farming depends on local breeds
The future of farming depends on local breeds
16.10.15 - The dwindling genetic diversity of farm animals is increasingly becoming a threat to livestock production.

Environment - 04.09.2015
Adapting electricity demand to production. Not the other way around
04.09.15 - Instead of aligning energy production with consumption, wouldn't it be possible to make consumption adapt to the intermittency of renewable energies? François Vuille, director of development at the Energy Center, shares his thoughts.

Environment - Materials Science - 29.07.2015
Yarn from slaughterhouse waste
Yarn from slaughterhouse waste
ETH researchers have developed a yarn from ordinary gelatine that has good qualities similar to those of merino wool fibres.

Environment - 09.03.2015
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Researchers have developed a camera that sees like the human eye, providing clues about the sensation of visual comfort. The instrument could optimize natural and artificial lighting to constantly adapt to the needs of the user. How can we combine visual comfort with electrical energy savings? Light inside the home is a theme that has interested researchers for over a half century.

Environment - Life Sciences - 11.02.2015
Paying rent with sugar and fat
Paying rent with sugar and fat
Powering coral reefs: Scientists have revealed how coral-dwelling microalgae harvest nutrients from the surrounding seawater and shuttle them out to their coral hosts, sustaining a fragile ecosystem that is under threat. Coral reefs are the jungles of the oceans, home to some of the planet's most fertile fishing grounds, and hotspots of global tourism.

Environment - Chemistry - 16.05.2014
Experiment sheds new light on cloud formation
Experiment sheds new light on cloud formation
CERN 's CLOUD experiment has shown that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet. These biogenic aerosols are what give forests seen from afar their characteristic blue haze. The CLOUD study shows that the oxidised biogenic vapours bind with sulphuric acid to form embryonic particles which can then grow to become the seeds on which cloud droplets can form.

Chemistry - Environment - 28.04.2014
Sunlight to jet fuel
Sunlight to jet fuel
In the framework of the EU-project Solarjet, scientists demonstrate for the first time the entire production path to liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, CO2 and solar energy. The key technological component is a solar reactor developed at ETH Zurich. By playing this video, you agree to the use of cookies by YouTube This may include analytics, personalization, and ads.

Environment - Transport - 28.04.2014
The entire production path of
The entire production path of "solar" kerosene
With the first ever production of synthesized "solar" jet fuel, the EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has successfully demonstrated the entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2), therein potentially revolutionizing the future of aviation.

Environment - Innovation - 14.10.2013
A glimpse at the future of global energy supply
A glimpse at the future of global energy supply
Media Releases Energy and Environment How will the world secure its energy supply in 2050 and what are the possible economic, ecological and social, implications of different pathways and choices?

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.11.2012
Analyzing Lake Geneva from the air
Analyzing Lake Geneva from the air
One year after the MIR submersibles dove into the depths of Lake Geneva, the elemo program is delivering its first scientific results. The operation will be extended with a campaign to make observations above the lake surface from a sensor-packed ultralight aircraft. The same experiments are planned above Lake Baikal in Russia.

Architecture - Environment - 05.11.2012
The historical value of pre-fabricated buildings
The historical value of pre-fabricated buildings
Is post-war industrial and pre-fab architecture worth preserving and renovating? To answer this question, architects conducted a three-year pioneering study into the restoration of modern buildings.
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