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Environment / Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences - 21.06.2018
Tall trees are crucial for the survival of the Amazon rainforest
Tall trees are crucial for the survival of the Amazon rainforest
An EPFL study has shown that Amazonian trees measuring more than 30 meters are more resistant to precipitation variations than other, shorter trees. This information is key to more accurately predicting how the rainforest, which is an important component of the carbon cycle, will react to climate change.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 19.06.2018
Palm oil: the carbon cost of deforestation
Palm oil: the carbon cost of deforestation
Palm oil has become part of our daily lives, but a recent study by EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) serves as a reminder that intensive farming of this crop has a major impact on the environment. Both shortand long-term solutions exist, however. Indonesia and Malaysia together account for nearly 85% of global palm oil production.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Agronomy / Food Science - 14.06.2018
Reduction of Environmental Impacts of Plant Protection Products Is Possible
Reduction of Environmental Impacts of Plant Protection Products Is Possible
Zurich-Reckenholz, 14.06.2018 - Agroscope researchers investigated the risks and environmental impacts of plant-protection products (PPPs) in Switzerland's main agricultural crops. They found that a targeted selection of active substances and systematic adherence to the principles of integrated plant protection can significantly reduce the risks and undesirable environmental impacts of PPPs.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences - 31.05.2018
«Top of Europe
«Top of Europe" for greenhouse gas
The research station at Jungfraujoch is at the top of Europe - and not only because of its unique location. Within the framework of the European research infrastructure «Integrated Carbon Observation System» (ICOS), the laboratory in the heart of the Alps is now officially certified. ICOS provides data to better understand the global carbon cycle and how human activities affect it.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Business / Economics - 24.05.2018
EPFL analyzes the economic impact of three energy-transition scenario
A handful of EPFL laboratories teamed up to compare three energy-transition scenarios that vary in their use of fossil fuels and renewable energy and their energy efficiency. The study found that greater use of renewable energy, combined with more measures to enhance energy efficiency, would create more jobs in Switzerland and increase the country's energy independence without having any impact on the overall cost.

Innovation / Technology - Environment / Sustainable Development - 17.05.2018
Nine at one blow
Nine at one blow
Atmospheric pollutants put a strain on the environment and harbor health hazards for humans. The Empa spin-off MIRO Analytical Technologies developed a technology to simultaneously analyze nine greenhouse gases and pollutants with only one device and at an unprecedented speed and precision. Air pollution is a problem that affects us all.

Innovation / Technology - Environment / Sustainable Development - 17.05.2018
Nine in one swoop
Nine in one swoop
Atmospheric pollutants put a strain on the environment and harbor health hazards for humans. The Empa spin-off MIRO Analytical Technologies developed a technology to simultaneously analyze nine greenhouse gases and pollutants with only one device and at an unprecedented speed and precision. Air pollution is a problem that affects us all.

Life Sciences - Environment / Sustainable Development - 07.05.2018
Carnivores in Captivity Give Birth at the Same Time of Year as Those in the Wild
Carnivores in Captivity Give Birth at the Same Time of Year as Those in the Wild
Many species have a specific mating season when living in their natural habitat. The young animals are usually born in spring when environmental conditions are optimal for their survival, while births at less favorable times such as the start of winter are thus avoided. Depending on whether seasonal reproduction is a strong characteristic of a species or not, the time period for births will be a longer or a shorter window.

Physics / Materials Science - Environment / Sustainable Development - 07.05.2018
Sun protection without blinds
Sun protection without blinds
Summer. Blue sky. Sunshine. But you don't notice much of it in the office or in your home, because the blinds block the view so that the heat stays outside.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Architecture - 01.05.2018
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
European public spaces are becoming more original, but also more homogeneous. The author of an architecture thesis, written at EPFL, explains this paradox and calls on critics and public authorities to do something about it.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Agronomy / Food Science - 26.04.2018
Keeping the soil fit
Keeping the soil fit
Erosion, compaction and a loss of humus and biodiversity are afflicting the soil, thereby endangering the many services it offers for humans and the environment.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Environment / Sustainable Development - 24.04.2018
Parenting Groups Can Improve Child Development
Parenting Groups Can Improve Child Development
Parenting groups in rural communities can improve early childhood development in low-resource settings. These are the findings of a study conducted by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the Boston University and partners in Zambia. The study Many children in lowand middle-income countries do not reach their developmental potential due to malnutrition, infectious diseases and a lack of appropriate stimulation and learning opportunities in their home environment.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Architecture - 24.04.2018
Designing urban energy systems based on the urban climate
Designing urban energy systems based on the urban climate
As cities grow at an ever-faster pace, concerns about global warming rise and fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, cities will have to adopt more sustainable energy solutions. EPFL researchers have developed a model that can be used to design urban energy systems by analyzing the building not as a standalone structure but as one piece in an urban puzzle.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Environment / Sustainable Development - 23.04.2018
Frequent walking: from personal health to sustainable mobility
Frequent walking: from personal health to sustainable mobility
For his thesis, Derek Christie studied people who walk outdoors for more than one hour per day. Little research has been done into these frequent walkers, who could nevertheless help to shape public policies on mobility.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Life Sciences - 10.04.2018
When Enemies Come to Help
When Enemies Come to Help
Interactions between organisms such as plants and animals can be found everywhere in nature. Anina Knauer and Florian Schiestl, a professor at UZH's Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, has taken a closer look at one such instance: the interaction between crab spiders and the buckler-mustard, a yellow flowering plant common in Europe.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences - 14.03.2018
Climate change drives mountain hares to higher altitudes
Climate change drives mountain hares to higher altitudes
A warming climate will shrink and fragment mountain hare habitat in the Swiss Alps. Populations are likely to decline as a result, concludes an international study led by the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). Specialised species like the mountain hare, adapted to life at high altitudes, are particularly affected by climate change.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Architecture - 12.03.2018
Accurately measuring embodied carbon in buildings
Accurately measuring embodied carbon in buildings
Embodied carbon in the construction industry is a major factor of climate change, but it is rarely measured accurately.

Earth Sciences - Environment / Sustainable Development - 05.03.2018
Sacrificing ground floors can save lives
Sacrificing ground floors can save lives
Disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes and dam failures are rare but can have devastating consequences on a country. A thesis at EPFL has shown that appropriate construction methods can substantially reduce the impact of such catastrophic events. Davide Wüthrich, a PhD student at EPFL, has just finished his thesis on methods for reducing the damage caused when a wave hits a building.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Environment / Sustainable Development - 05.03.2018
Rotavirus transmission influenced by temperature, water movement
ANN ARBOR-Climate in the tropics has a larger influence on transmission of the sometime deadly rotavirus than previously shown, University of Michigan researchers have found. Using sophisticated modeling, U-M School of Public Health researchers showed communities that draw water from large, slow-moving or stagnant sources in cooler seasons have more transmission of the virus than those that access free-flowing water.

Environment / Sustainable Development - 19.02.2018
Dispersal of Fish Eggs by Water Birds - Just a Myth?
Dispersal of Fish Eggs by Water Birds - Just a Myth?
How do fish end up in isolated bodies of water when they can't swim there themselves' For centuries, researchers have assumed that water birds transfer fish eggs into these waters - however, a systematic literature review by researchers at the University of Basel has shown that there is no evidence of this to date.
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