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Life Sciences - Environment - 25.07.2018
Scientists set out to explore microbial life in glacier streams
EPFL scientists will spend at least the next four years studying some of the world's biggest glacier-fed streams.

Administration - Environment - 20.07.2018
"This is just the beginning of RESCIF's success"
The Network of Excellence in Engineering Sciences of the French-speaking Community (RESCIF), which was created at EPFL in 2011, will now be chaired by the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.

Environment - 11.07.2018
Arctic bound to take micropollutant samples
This summer Joëlle Perreten, who has just completed her Bachelor's degree at EPFL, will collect permafrost samples in the Arctic as part of the Swiss Arctic Project.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 09.07.2018
Charcoal: Major Missing Piece in the Global Carbon Cycle
Charcoal: Major Missing Piece in the Global Carbon Cycle
Due to its widespread occurrence and tendency to linger in the environment, black carbon may be one of the keys in predicting and mitigating global climate change. In wildfires, typically one third of the burned organic carbon is retained as black carbon residues rather than emitted as greenhouse gases.

Environment - Innovation - 09.07.2018
The mushroom that works like a green 3D printer
The mushroom that works like a green 3D printer
Student project series (1) - A team of environmental engineering and architecture students at EPFL has discovered a way to grow a biodegradable material from mycelium and sawdust.

Business / Economics - Environment - 05.07.2018
Securing Switzerland's living and economic environment: PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards
Securing Switzerland's living and economic environment: PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards Bern, 05.07.2018 - The Federal Council h

Environment - Life Sciences - 05.07.2018
Improving small hydropower planning
Improving small hydropower planning
Small hydropower plants are often constructed on alpine streams, where they may have adverse impacts on sensitive ecosystems. Little is known, however, about the particular effects of individual plants, or the cumulative effects of multiple plants within the same river system. The current state of knowledge has now been reviewed in a study by Eawag researchers.

Environment - Chemistry - 04.07.2018

Environment - 03.07.2018
Gap in flood protection closed: New map on surface runoff
Gap in flood protection closed: New map on surface runoff
Bern, 03.07.2018 - Switzerland now has a new nationwide surface runoff map, another important instrument for flood prevention.

Materials Science - Environment - 28.06.2018

Environment - Business / Economics - 25.06.2018
Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past
Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past
Selected intervals in the past that were as warm or warmer than today can help us understand what the Earth may be like under future global warming. A latest assessment of past warm periods, published by an international team of 59 scientists from 17 nations, shows that in response to the warming ecosystems and climate zones will spatially shift and on millennial time scales ice sheets will substantially shrink.

Physics - Environment - 21.06.2018
"move" through to the next round
Around two years ago, Empa opened "move", the demonstrator for the mobility of the future, with a view to revealing various paths for mobility with renewable energy.

Environment - 20.06.2018
Federal Council adopts Switzerland's country report on implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Bern, 20.06.2018 - At its meeting on 20 June 2018, the Federal Council adopted Switzerland's country report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Environment - 15.06.2018
CENTAUR sewer control system is
CENTAUR sewer control system is "Most Innovative New Technology of the Year"
The CENTAUR sewer control system has been recognized as the 'Most Innovative New Technology of the Year' at the 2018 Water Industry Awards in England.

Environment - 07.06.2018
Peatland Protection Equals Efficient Climate Protection
Zurich-Reckenholz, 07.06.2018 - Is there a cost-efficient way to curb climate stress caused by land use? Globally, peatlands store twenty per cent of all the carbon lying untapped in the soil - despite the fact that they account for less than three per cent of the Earth's land mass. New findings from Agroscope show that peatland protection is a highly efficient climate-protection measure.

Environment - 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.

Innovation - Environment - 24.05.2018
Digitalisation of the toilet
Digitalisation of the toilet
Payment via mobile, replacement parts made on a 3D-printer, error messages via NFC-tag - Eawag doctoral student Caroline Saul has found some remarkable innovations in companies that market container toilets in developing countries.

Environment - Event - 17.05.2018

Environment - 09.05.2018
IUCN report on the threat of species extinction in Lake Victoria
IUCN report on the threat of species extinction in Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria in East Africa is known for its vast biodiversity. But according to a report published recently by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to which Eawag also contributed, many species of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants are currently at risk. One fifth of the 651 species studied in the Victoria Basin are threatened with extinction.

Environment - 03.05.2018
Maintaining valuable soils
Each year almost one thousand hectares of cultivated land continue to be lost, thereby wiping out numerous services delivered by the soil, such as filtering water and storing carbon, which are central for our society's wellbeing. The National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) is suggesting ways in which spatial planning can be structured so that this loss remains as small as possible.

Health - Environment - 30.04.2018
Seven Marie Curie Fellowships for the University of Bern
Each year, the European Commission awards Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Individual Fellowships to post-doctoral researchers.

Environment - Innovation - 30.04.2018
Climate tax finances energy-positive plants for water treatment
Climate tax finances energy-positive plants for water treatment
There is a wealth of energy and nutrients in wastewater. New processes enable the recovery of these resources from wastewater and sewage sludge, with the goal of redefining the function of the wastewater-treatment plants.

Environment - 27.04.2018
A roadmap for small-scale sanitation to improve wastewater management in South Asia
A roadmap for small-scale sanitation to improve wastewater management in South Asia
April 27, 2018, Organisation & Staff Water & Development This April, Sandec and its partners hosted two national workshops on small-scale sanitation - one in New Delhi, India and one in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Life Sciences - Environment - 25.04.2018
How to profit from biowaste
How to profit from biowaste
April 25, 2018, Organisation & Staff Water & Development Researchers of the Eawag department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec) and ETH Zurich are developing a method to produce animal feed from biowaste products.

Environment - 24.04.2018
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Environment - Health - 23.04.2018
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 - 05.04.2018

Environment - 19.03.2018
A new Rolling Stones album?
A new Rolling Stones album?
"A rolling stone gathers no moss." This is the saying credited with giving the famous British rock band its name...but does it hold true from an ecological or hydraulic engineering perspective? What flora and fauna live in and around streams with pronounced bed-load dynamics' And how do rivers function that have too little gravel movement? These are some of the questions that are answered in a new batch of information sheets in the "Environmental Knowledge" series published by the FOEN.

Environment - Materials Science - 15.03.2018
Removing heavy metals from water
Removing heavy metals from water
EPFL chemists have developed a new material that can remove heavy metals from water and make it drinkable in seconds.

Environment - 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 - 07.03.2018
A panel of women alumnae celebrate 90 years of hydraulics research
A panel of women alumnae celebrate 90 years of hydraulics research
Six women EPFL alumnae will take to the podium on 8 March to discuss the main challenges in hydraulic engineering, as part of an event commemorating 90 years of hydraulics research in Lausanne.

Environment - 22.02.2018
Avoiding widespread drought
Avoiding widespread drought
The earth's water supply is changing because of global warming: the ratio of precipitation to evaporation is sinking, and additional arid zones may emerge.

Environment - 19.02.2018
Tributaries influence the reaction of lakes to the climate
Tributaries influence the reaction of lakes to the climate
If the climate heats up, the temperature in the uppermost layer of lakes will increase, the thermic layering will become more stable and last longer, and less oxygen will reach the depths - this is the present theory on the effect of climate change on lakes.

Environment - Health - 15.02.2018
"We shouldn’t be afraid of bacteria"
A shower hose will often contain more bacteria than the rest of the building's plumbing system. A research team led by Frederik Hammes has been investigating this topic for the past four years. In their latest study, they analysed biofilms in 78 shower hoses from 11 countries, and in 21 of them, they detected legionella - a potential pathogen.

Environment - Innovation - 08.02.2018
What happens underground made detectable
What happens underground made detectable
When a person wearing a bright-orange protective suit and carrying a laptop climbs out of a sewer shaft, it could well be an employee of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag).

Environment - 06.02.2018
New technology undergoes real-world testing
The Zurich-based power company Energie 360° provides natural gas, biogas, and wood pellets throughout Switzerland.

Environment - 29.01.2018
Calculating the CO2 emissions of biofuels is not enough
A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But an EPFL scientist thinks we should go one step further and take into account all compounds produced at biorefineries, not just biofuel.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 24.01.2018
Exploring lakes in Vanuatu
Exploring lakes in Vanuatu
A research team from the Surface Waters Research and Management Department is investigating the earliest traces of human life in the tropical Pacific. In July 2017, the team undertook an expedition to Vanuatu in Melanesia. The researchers took sediment cores from the lakes and marshes on seven islands in order to test these for indications of the earliest human activities.

Materials Science - Environment - 21.12.2017
Clear-cut ideas
Clear-cut ideas
Tanja Zimmermann joined Empa's Board of Directors in September. She runs the new Functional Materials department - another step up in a successful career that began in Empa's Wood lab. Thanks to her inquisitiveness, creativity and an eye for the impossible, Zimmermann helped lift a previously little-known research field onto the international stage "Creativity is a basic requirement in research." Tanja Zimmermann is speaking from experience.

Academic Rankings - Environment - 18.12.2017

Environment - 12.12.2017
Plankton swim against the current
Plankton swim against the current
Copepods swim together in a swarm even in turbulent currents. Researchers funded by the SNSF have observed the behaviour of fish food with high-speed cameras.