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Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 03.07.2020
Agroscope Publishes Study on Environmental Impacts of Drinking-Water Initiative
In an in-depth study, Agroscope analysed the possible environmental impacts of implementing the Drinking-Water Initiative. The life-cycle assessment shows that pesticide and nutrient pollution of Swiss water bodies and groundwater could be reduced. In addition, inland biodiversity could be improved slightly.

Transport - Environment - 21.06.2020
Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots via a display during quiet and, at the same time, fuel-efficient approaches. The results show a measurable reduction in noise emissions and fuel consumption.

Environment - 19.06.2020
A call for better governance of climate engineering technologies
A call for better governance of climate engineering technologies
In a study for the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment EPFL's International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) has brought together a group of global experts to point the way forward for international policymakers grappling with the risks and benefits posed by Carbon Dioxide Removal and Solar Radiation Modification.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.06.2020
Who's evaluating Swiss landscapes?
Who’s evaluating Swiss landscapes?
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, how do you define a beautiful landscape? Machine learning algorithms can be helpful here, says Adrienne Grêt-Regamey.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 17.06.2020

Environment - Health - 16.06.2020
"Huge forest fires put our health at risk"
After Australia, Siberia is burning, indicating that the frequency of such events is on the rise, with myriad dire consequences: devastated ecosystems, risk of desertification, CO2 emissions, toxic particles, further climate impacts..

Environment - Economics / Business - 16.06.2020
Is Switzerland ready for change?
Is Switzerland ready for change?
Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation and the current pandemic crisis make it obvious. The need for a more sustainable world has never been as urgent as it is today. But how do we transition to a sustainable economy? The National Research Programme "Sustainable Economy: resource-friendly, future-oriented, innovative" (NRP 73) is creating knowledge that can support Switzerland in addressing this question.

Environment - Career - 12.06.2020

Innovation - Environment - 10.06.2020
Energy transition: EPFL spin-off Vizcab raises 1.75 million francs
Energy transition: EPFL spin-off Vizcab raises 1.75 million francs
The French startup will use the injection of capital to ramp up marketing of a building life cycle assessment (LCA) method developed at EPFL Fribourg.

Life Sciences - Environment - 03.06.2020
On the trail of symbiont diversity
On the trail of symbiont diversity
Parasitic wasps act as biological weapons against aphids in pest control. With the help of symbionts, however, some aphids try to defend themselves against the attacks. The struggle between these insects is one of the specialities of Christoph Vorburger, head of the "Aquatic Ecology" department and evolutionary ecologist Nina Hafer-Hahmann, postdoc in the same department.

Environment - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
Fresh Breeze for Ecology and Economy
Fresh Breeze for Ecology and Economy
The Solar Impulse Foundation is looking for 1000 solutions that will boost the economy - and protect the environment at the same time.

Environment - 27.05.2020
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
An international team has demonstrated the fundamental importance of public parks based on nine «protected needs» that are essential for our well-being.

Computer Science - Environment - 27.05.2020
Drawing a picture of the Earth's surface
Drawing a picture of the Earth’s surface
Jan Dirk Wegner uses artificial intelligence to research different aspects of the Earth's surface. In doing so, he hopes to help raise people's quality of life and protect the environment.

Environment - Economics / Business - 26.05.2020
Lidl Switzerland supports Empa research
Lidl Switzerland supports Empa research
Lidl Switzerland intends to serve its branches without the use of fossil fuels, relying among other things on renewable synthetic gas as an energy carrier.

Environment - Health - 25.05.2020
The next pandemic is coming, it’s time to take the ecological crisis seriously
126 Swiss researchers, including 6 from Eawag, want to draw the attention their Swiss compatriots to the scientific evidence showing the between the emergence of pandemics and human disturbance of the natural environment.

Environment - Health - 20.05.2020

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.05.2020
"We need to study biodiversity in a more holistic way."
Catherine and Florian, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is "Our solutions are in nature".

Architecture - Environment - 18.05.2020
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
What happens when COVID-19 means architecture students have to get by without a workshop, electrical engineers without high-voltage laboratories and environmental scientists without field trips.

Environment - Economics / Business - 13.05.2020

Materials Science - Environment - 11.05.2020

Economics / Business - Environment - 07.05.2020

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 05.05.2020
Meat alternatives at the Empa restaurant
Meat alternatives at the Empa restaurant
«One Two We» is a sustainability program launched by the SV Group and WWF Switzerland. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions of staff restaurants through sustainable food.

Environment - Chemistry - 05.05.2020
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
The German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean since September last year.

Life Sciences - Environment - 21.04.2020
Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance
Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance
The deepwater charr Salvelinus profundus is a small, pale fish endemic to Lake Constance. With its large eyes and overbite, it is well adapted to life in the depths, where it feeds on bottom-dwelling worms and crustaceans. Up until the 1960s, it was a commercial species, but catches subsequently declined with the eutrophication of Lake Constance.

Environment - Health - 15.04.2020
Indoor air quality merits closer attention
A study covering all of French-speaking Switzerland found that energy-efficient renovation work on residential buildings tends to overlook the question of indoor air quality. The study's authors, mainly from EPFL and the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), have called for greater attention to this issue.

Environment - Religions - 08.04.2020

Environment - Economics / Business - 07.04.2020
Synthetic gas instead of fossil energy
Synthetic gas instead of fossil energy
There is one major challenge in converting our energy system to purely renewable energy sources: winter - or rather the supply gap at this time. The conversion of surplus summer electricity into synthetic gas offers a way of ensuring that renewable energy could be available in sufficient quantities during the winter months.

Environment - Media - 26.03.2020
The value of science for critical decisions
In crises such as coronavirus, the value of research and facts becomes clear. Even when experts don't (and can't) have all the answers, we've got to listen to what they have to say, says Reto Knutti.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.03.2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Martin, Switzerland is now known as the "water tower of Europe". Will Switzerland still have an excess of water in the future? Overall, Switzerland will still have enough water in the future.

Health - Environment - 18.03.2020
Exposome Research to Improve People's Health in Urban Settings
Exposome Research to Improve People’s Health in Urban Settings
By 2030, more than 80% of Europe's population will live and interact within a complex urban environment, consisting of a mixture of social and environmental factors.

Environment - Innovation - 11.03.2020

Physics - Environment - 06.03.2020
19 new professors appointed
At its last meeting, the ETH Board appointed a total of 19 new professors at the request of the President of ETH Zurich, Joël Mesot.

Health - Environment - 03.03.2020
Legionella control efforts intensified in Switzerland - new
Legionella control efforts intensified in Switzerland - new "LeCo" project launched
Legionnaires' disease is becoming more common in Switzerland: 582 cases were recorded by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in 2019 - twice as many as in 2013.

Environment - 27.02.2020
Climate change affects urban stormwater systems
Climate change affects urban stormwater systems
Urban stormwater systems consist of endless kilometres of subterranean pipes which discharge water from the urban area as swiftly and comprehensively as possible.

Chemistry - Environment - 27.02.2020
The cold-start dilemma
With hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, cold starts occur more frequently when the internal combustion engine stops and the electric motor pushes the car through town. How quickly can the catalytic converter be preheated so that it can still clean exhaust gases well? What would be the method of choice? A team of Empa researchers is investigating.

Environment - Innovation - 18.02.2020

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 17.02.2020
Extreme-environment training for would-be astronauts
A hand-picked group of students, including several from EPFL, spent a grueling weekend at a space boot camp in Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps.

Chemistry - Environment - 14.02.2020
Underestimated chemical diversity
An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world - well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates.
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