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Environment - Law - 05.12.2019
Switzerland’s influence on European energy policy continues to decline
What would be the consequences of failed negotiations over an electricity agreement between Switzerland and the EU?

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 05.12.2019
Rainforest preservation through machine learning
Rainforest preservation through machine learning
Computer scientist David Dao develops intelligent algorithms that use satellite and drone images of rainforests to predict where the next sites of deforestation will be.

Environment - Health - 03.12.2019
"Climate Change is Becoming One of the Biggest Global Health Threats"
Climate change not only affects the environment, but also has significant consequences on global health.

Environment - 25.11.2019
Measuring station in Davos officially labelled
Measuring station in Davos officially labelled
Greenhouse gases are the cause of climate change. The European infrastructure network ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) is committed to standardised measurements so that emissions can be compared across Europe.

Environment - 19.11.2019

Environment - 14.11.2019
EPFL-developed geothermal panels reach international finals
EPFL-developed geothermal panels reach international finals
EPFL researchers have developed a geothermal system for recovering the heat captured in basements, subway tunnels and underground parking garages.

Environment - 13.11.2019
A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures
A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures
The next generation of ultra high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) has just been created at EPFL. The new material will be used to strengthen bridges and other structures - both new and old. What's more, the process of manufacturing this material releases 60-70% less CO2 than the previous generation of fiber-reinforced concrete.

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.11.2019

Environment - Business / Economics - 05.11.2019
Private Banks Should Proactively Foster Sustainable Investments
Private Banks Should Proactively Foster Sustainable Investments
Sustainable investments are on the rise, but does impact follow? The new UZH report on sustainable investing capabilities urges private banks to gear up their services to meet investor demands ' and environmental targets.

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 04.11.2019
An intelligent network for better water management
An intelligent network for better water management
EPFL-based startup Droople has developed a smart flow meter that can measure buildings' water consumption and identify potential savings in energy.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 01.11.2019
EPFL champions energy geostructures
EPFL champions energy geostructures
Energy geostructures provide a constant source of renewable heating and cooling in buildings and infrastructures and perform very well.

Environment - Business / Economics - 30.10.2019

Environment - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Claudia R. Binder appointed dean of ENAC
Claudia R. Binder appointed dean of ENAC
Professor Claudia R. Binder will take over as the new dean of ENAC on 1 January 2020. We spoke with her about her plans to make the school a center of excellence in advancing the sustainability of our natural and built environment.

Environment - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Digitalisation in wastewater management: - Dystopia or panacea?
Digitalisation in wastewater management: - Dystopia or panacea?
Cashless payments, online maps for navigation, photo sharing on social networks - digitalisation has become an integral part of our everyday lives. But it's much less well established in urban water management. Why is that? Frank Blumensaat : Urban water management has traditionally been regarded as a conservative sector.

Environment - Business / Economics - 29.10.2019
Charting a course for emission-free shipping
Charting a course for emission-free shipping
On behalf of a German ship operator, a team from ETH Zurich mapped out "routes" towards emission-free shipping. To this end, they investigated shipping activities in the North and Baltic Seas as well as the infrastructure, costs of new fuels and storage options. Shipping currently accounts for around three percent of global CO2 emissions, which makes it one of the largest polluters in the transport industry alongside road and air transport.

Environment - 18.10.2019

Environment - 17.10.2019
"Science is always a discourse"
A number of researchers have published critical comments about an ETH Zurich study that generated a lot of interest with its quantitative assessment of the technical potential that reforestation holds for reducing CO2. In the following interview, Professor Detlef Günther, Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations, explains why he welcomes this discourse.

Environment - Innovation - 17.10.2019
Building renovation needs to be speeded up
Building renovation needs to be speeded up
Only one out of a hundred houses per year are renovated to make them more energy efficient - less than half the number needed to achieve the goals of the Energy Strategy 2050 for buildings. The National Research Programme "Energy" shows that the necessary technologies are available, but there is a lack of appropriate planning, building and energy laws, as well as of expertise.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 04.10.2019
Taking sustainability into space
Things are changing in outer space: it is filling with debris, attracting private companies, and raising new technological challenges.

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.09.2019
Nine new professors appointed
Energy systems, cryptography and computer-aided simulation; interactions between people, animals and landscape, investigation of biosystems from the human brain to the nanometer scale: the incoming professors work in a wide range of cutting-edge research fields.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 10.09.2019
Climate protection thanks to agroforestry
Zurich-Reckenholz, 10.09.2019 - Producing food and feed while protecting the climate - is that possible? Yes, and agroforestry is one option, combining agriculture and wood production on the same land.

Environment - Business / Economics - 04.09.2019
Turning companies into allies
Turning companies into allies
She was involved in developing the world's most accurate clock, and now she helps companies adopt more sustainable business practices: Petrissa Eckle, Executive Director of the Sustainability in Business Lab at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Career - 03.09.2019
ERC Starting Grants 2019 for ETHZ
Fifteen talented young researchers from ETH Zurich are each to receive an ERC Starting Grant, which is more than for any year previously.

Transport - Environment - 02.09.2019

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 30.08.2019
New amphipod species discovered
New amphipod species discovered
Until a few years ago, experts in Switzerland spoke of around 20 species. Now a major project by Eawag, the University of Zurich, the Swiss Centre for the Cartography of the Fauna (CSCF) and the Swiss Entomological Society (SEG) has researched over 40 clearly different species.

Environment - 29.08.2019
Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Society is called upon to transform the world by 2030 through a rigorous pursuit of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Environment - 28.08.2019
Federal Council aims for a climate-neutral Switzerland by 2050
Under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Switzerland has undertaken to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

Environment - 28.08.2019

Innovation - Environment - 19.08.2019
Innovative valve train saves 20% fuel
Innovative valve train saves 20% fuel
Internal combustion engines require valves to aspirate and discharge gases. Engine designers require a high degree of flexibility to improve efficiency, reduce pollutants and optimize the use of renewable fuels.

Environment - 15.08.2019
Pesticides Transformation products pollute groundwater
Pesticides Transformation products pollute groundwater
13 substances were detected for the first time in groundwater, 15 were found in concentrations above 100 ng/L. This is the threshold value for pesticides under the Water Protection Ordinance. The researchers are particularly targeting metabolites of chlorothalonil, a product used against fungal attack in cereal, vegetable, wine and ornamental plant cultivation.

Environment - 31.07.2019

Environment - Life Sciences - 30.07.2019
Buzzing with life
Buzzing with life
The ETH Zurich Zentrum and Hönggerberg campuses are not just the study and office spaces of the 30,000 members of ETH: they are also home to a variety of animals and plants.

Environment - 24.07.2019
Partnering up for sustainable buildings
Partnering up for sustainable buildings
Empa and the Korean Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) are committed to working together for a sustainable and networked society.

Environment - 16.07.2019

Environment - 10.07.2019
Shared e-cargo bikes: boom and barriers in Basel
Shared e-cargo bikes: boom and barriers in Basel
Sustainable means of mobility are becoming ever more popular. In Switzerland, around 15,000 people have registered with the online platform carvelo2go, which hires out electric cargo bikes.

Environment - 08.07.2019

Environment - Materials Science - 08.07.2019
Ways into the future of energy
Ways into the future of energy
A new Empa study shows how much work still lies ahead of us if Switzerland is to do without fossil fuels in the future. There are two possible solutions: storing large amounts of energy in summer and limiting our demand in winter, or generating energy in the "sunny south" or "windy north" of the world and transporting it here.

Materials Science - Environment - 05.07.2019
How to make Switzerland CO2-free
Switzerland is about to undergo a comprehensive transformation of its energy system if it plans to drastically curb its CO2 emissions.

Materials Science - Environment - 04.07.2019
New record for flexible thin-film solar cells
New record for flexible thin-film solar cells
Never before has such an efficient flexible CIGS solar cell been built. Empa researchers achieve an efficiency of 20.8% - breaking their own record.

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 26.06.2019
Lunar mission deep in Zermatt's ice
On 17 June, students from EPFL and 12 other European universities headed to Zermatt as part of the IGLUNA project.

Environment - Business / Economics - 26.06.2019
Federal Council discusses sustainable finance and sets out next steps
During its meeting on 26 June 2019, the Federal Council held a discussion on a sustainable Swiss financial centre.
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