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Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
22.12.2016
Global warming disrupts fish stocks
Global warming disrupts fish stocks
The global catches of fishes would largely benefit from achieving the 1.5C global warming target.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
01.12.2016
Intensification of Land Use Leads to the Same Species Everywhere
Intensification of Land Use Leads to the Same Species Everywhere
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Intensive use of grasslands by humans reduces species diversity and makes the landscape more monotonous, so that the same species end up everywhere. Nature is then no longer able to provide us with many essential ‘services', which range from soil formation for food production to pest control.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.11.2016
Antarctic Snowscapes for Predicting the Weather
Antarctic Snowscapes for Predicting the Weather
EPFL scientists measured for the first time - at centimeter resolutions - how the snowscape of Antarctic ice in the sea changed, before and after a blizzard. This data will help build better weather models for the South Pole and the world's climate. EPFL scientists provided the first detailed measurements of how a blizzard affects snow cover on an Antarctic ice floe.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
19.10.2016
From trees to paper: how Swiss wood impacts the environment
From trees to paper: how Swiss wood impacts the environment
Wood has a largely favourable environmental effect. A study of the National Research Programme "Resource Wood" recommends using wood more widely as a source of energy and as a building material.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
12.09.2016
Ground squirrels use the sun to hide food
Ground squirrels use the sun to hide food
Jamie Samson and Marta Manser from the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental 1Studies at UZH studied colonies of Cape ground squirrels ( Xerus inauris ) in the wild at the Kalahari Research Center in South Africa. The diurnal rodents temporarily store their food reserves in several hiding places.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Computer Science/Telecom
03.08.2016
For your next swim: Lake Geneva forecasts now online
For your next swim: Lake Geneva forecasts now online
A new web service provides real-time information and forecasts of water temperature and surface water currents.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
27.07.2016
Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees
Two neonicotinoid insecticides may have inadvertent contraceptive effects on male honey bees
Male honey bees, called drones, can be affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides by reducing male honey bee lifespan and number of living sperm. Both insecticides are currently partially banned in Europe. Researchers from Bern, Switzerland, together with partners from Thailand and Germany, call for more thorough environmental risk assessments of these neonicotinoids.
Environment/Sustainable Development
06.07.2016
A micro winery? that makes wine continuously
A micro winery? that makes wine continuously
An American professor, working in collaboration with EPFL, is developing a miniature device for producing wine non-stop and testing different fermentation processes.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
01.07.2016
A new tool to ensure the safety of injecting CO2 underground
A new tool to ensure the safety of injecting CO2 underground
01.07.16 - Sequestering carbon dioxide underground is likely to play a key role in meeting reduction targets set at the IPCC conference in Paris last year.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
30.06.2016
Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals
Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Tobacco plants which lack the hormones responsible for nicotine production are feasted on by rabbits and other mammals. Coyote tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) produces a potent neurotoxic substance: nicotine. The production of nicotine is regulated by plant hormones called jasmonates.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
14.06.2016
The causes of soil consumption
The causes of soil consumption
The soil is still under threat from urban sprawl. Small municipalities with little planning capacity and more easily accessible conurbations in particular are doing little to counter the issue. Researchers from the National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) have analysed the reasons for this by surveying Swiss municipalities.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
12.05.2016
How nanoparticles flow through the environment
How nanoparticles flow through the environment
Carbon nanotubes remain attached to materials for years while titanium dioxide and nanozinc are rapidly washed out of cosmetics and accumulate in the ground. Researchers from the National Research Programme 'Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials' (NRP 64) have developed a new model to track the flow of the most important nanomaterials in the environment.
Environment/Sustainable Development
02.05.2016
Using CO2 for heating and cooling in urban areas
Using CO2 for heating and cooling in urban areas
02.05.16 - Carbon dioxide is commonly used as an industrial liquid refrigerant but could also be effective in heating and cooling buildings in urban areas.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2016
Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions independently
Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions independently
Mistakes can happen when estimating emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have developed a method to independently validate national statistics. The signatory countries of the Kyoto Protocol and the new Paris Agreement have committed to reduce global warming.
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.03.2016
Perovskite solar cells hit 21.1% efficiency and record reproduciblity
Perovskite solar cells hit 21.1% efficiency and record reproduciblity
17.03.16 - EPFL scientists achieve the highest yet reproducibility for perovskite solar cells combined with a boundary-pushing 21.1% efficiency at normal operating conditions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
07.03.2016
Everyone sees the world through their own prism
Everyone sees the world through their own prism
How can public opinion be influenced in favour of climate protection? ETH political scientist Thomas Bernauer explored the question in a recent study. His sobering answer is that there is no magic formula. Policy-makers have been charged with taking appropriate measures against the looming threat of climate change.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.02.2016
Aggressive cichlids: attack is the best form of defence
Aggressive cichlids: attack is the best form of defence
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Researchers from Bern, England and Australia have observed the "Princess of Lake Tanganyika" cichlid in territorial conflicts and made an astonishing discovery; the conflicts distract the animals from their surrounding environments to such an extent that they notice lurking dangers only very late - yet the fish have a strategy which saves their lives: instead of trying to escape from predators, they defend themselves.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
01.02.2016
Topography shapes biodiversity, and not only through temperature
Topography shapes biodiversity, and not only through temperature
A warming climate is likely to drive species to higher, cooler altitudes. A new study highlights a less obvious, yet crucial way in which their new habitat could differ from the one they leave behind. Mountains are home to many living species, with biodiversity typically peaking at mid-altitudes. Scientists have long struggled to explain why this is the case, invoking factors such as low temperatures at high elevations or human disturbance further down.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
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.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
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.

 
 
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