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Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
11.12.2017
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
11.12.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Agronomy/Food Science
27.11.2017
Switzerland’s international environmental performance review: mixed results
Bern, 27.11.2017 - The OECD's 3rd Environmental Performance Review of Switzerland shows that despite progress, Switzerland still has a very high environmental impact.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
07.11.2017
Wood goes high-tech
Wood goes high-tech
Wood could potentially replace petrol in chemistry and concrete in construction, according to studies conducted under the National Research Programme "Resource Wood".
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
07.11.2017
Wood goes high-tech
Wood goes high-tech
Wood could potentially replace petrol in chemistry and concrete in construction, according to studies conducted under the National Research Programme "Resource Wood".
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
03.11.2017
Mapping Functional Diversity of Forests with Remote Sensing
Mapping Functional Diversity of Forests with Remote Sensing
Ecological studies have demonstrated positive relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Forests with higher functional diversity are generally more productive and stable over long timescales than less diverse forests. Diverse plant communities show increased resource use efficiency and utilization, enhanced ecosystem productivity and stability and can better cope with changing environmental conditions - an insurance effect of biodiversity.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.11.2017
UZH Anthropologists Describe Third Orangutan Species
Two species of Indonesian orangutans had previously been officially described and recognized - the Pongo abelii , living on the island of Sumatra, and the Pongo pygmeaeus , endemic to Borneo. In 1997, researchers at the Australian National University discovered an isolated population of orangutans in Batang Toru, a region within the three Tapanuli districts in North Sumatra.
Event - Environment/Sustainable Development
31.10.2017
History/Archeology - Environment/Sustainable Development
31.10.2017
Three ways to preserve a Neolithic site
Three ways to preserve a Neolithic site
An EPFL study commissioned by the Canton of Bern has come up with three possible ways of protecting the Sutz-Lattrigen archaeological site, which offers a rare insight into the lives of pile dwellers.
Environment/Sustainable Development
25.10.2017
Developing a
Developing a "gravitational theory" for ecology
An important breakthrough by EPFL researchers could lead to the discovery of a set of general laws applicable to the environmental sciences. Is there a link between a given species' body mass and its abundance, or between the size of an ecosystem and its level of biodiversity? Ecologists often find that similar relationships of this type exist in different ecosystems.
Agronomy/Food Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
24.10.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
24.10.2017
Tracking a parasite that's ravaging fish
Tracking a parasite that's ravaging fish
In Switzerland - not to mention the rest of Europe and the United States - freshwater fish are falling victim to a deadly disease that is rampant in the summer and dormant in the winter. It is caused by a parasite that thrives in rivers and attacks salmonid fish in particular. Researchers from EPFL, EAWAG and FIWI have come up with a mathematical model for predicting outbreaks as part of a three-year joint research program.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.10.2017
First step towards climate-aligned financial flows
Bern, 23.10.2017 - In the context of the Paris Agreement, Swiss pension funds and insurance companies were invited by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the State Secretariat for International Financial SIF to test the climate compatibility of their portfolios.
Environment/Sustainable Development
20.10.2017
Accolade for Empa researcher
Each year, the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) presents its Publication Award to researchers who have made an exceptional scientific contribution to the field of waste disposal. For the second time in a row, the prize has been won by the Empa researcher David Turner, this year for his analyses of the environmental effects of different methods of waste disposal.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
20.10.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
12.10.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Media
10.10.2017
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference: For Germans, the intensive media coverage had a calming, not a mobilizing effect
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference: For Germans, the intensive media coverage had a calming, not a mobilizing effect
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The 2015 Paris Climate Conference was accompanied by extensive media coverage.
Environment/Sustainable Development
10.10.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
09.10.2017
Solar Decathlon: the Swiss team awaits the results
The Swiss students who went to Denver to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon are living out their dream.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government
06.10.2017
Instrument of ratification deposited: Paris climate agreement to enter into force for Switzerland on 5 November 2017
Bern, 06.10.2017 - Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification in New York on 6 October 2017, making it an official party to the Paris Agreement.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
02.10.2017
New professorship position for climate and environmental economics has been filled
New professorship position for climate and environmental economics has been filled
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The University of Bern has created a professorship for climate and environmental economics, which can now be expanded thanks to the involvement of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Gebäudeversicherung Bern.
Environment/Sustainable Development
02.10.2017
Making our cities greener
Making our cities greener
Branco Weiss fellow Gabriele Manoli wants to enrich urban research with quantitative models and establish a new science dedicated to creating green cities.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Politics
02.10.2017
Politics - Environment/Sustainable Development
30.09.2017
Minamata Convention sets up office in Geneva
Bern, 30.09.2017 - On 30 September 2017, the approximately 150 States meeting in Geneva for the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury decided to base the Convention in Geneva.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
29.09.2017
5 professors appointed
At its meeting of 28 September 2017, the ETH Board appointed 5 new professors upon application of ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.09.2017
Where to play: a practical guide for running your tech business
Where to play: a practical guide for running your tech business
The world's leading researcher in entrepreneurship and EPFL Vice-President for Innovation, Marc Gruber, along with co-author Sharon Tal, have written the book "Where to play", a practical strategy th
Environment/Sustainable Development
25.09.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
20.09.2017
World record solar cells for
World record solar cells for "move"
Swiss start-up Flisom is ready for the global market: The company, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.09.2017
The University of Bern on the move
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Research at the University of Bern is being intensified: Innovative joint projects from different subject areas are being supported with the new Interfaculty Research Cooperations IRC.
Environment/Sustainable Development
12.09.2017
Politics - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.09.2017
Mercury: first Minamata Convention conference in Geneva
Bern, 06.09.2017 - The first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention will take place from 24 to 29 September in Geneva.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
05.09.2017
Combating Japanese Beetles with Fungi
Zurich-Reckenholz, 05.09.2017 - In June of this year, the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was detected for the first time in Switzerland, in the canton of Ticino. Considered to be a quarantine pest, it is subject to obligatory control. Agroscope researchers are testing whether this quarantine pest can be controlled with fungi that are effective against May and June beetles.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
04.09.2017
Diverse Landscapes Are More Productive and Adapt better to Climate Change
Diverse Landscapes Are More Productive and Adapt better to Climate Change
The dramatic, worldwide loss of biodiversity is one of today's greatest environmental problems. The loss of species diversity affects important ecosystems on which humans depend. Previous research predominantly addressed short-term effects of biodiversity in small experimental plots planted with few randomly selected plant species.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Event
01.09.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Event
01.09.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
31.08.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Sport Sciences
24.08.2017
Sustainable wellness with solar energy
Sustainable wellness with solar energy
There is a growing need in our society for fitness and wellness, which generally incurs environmental costs and swallows up large quantities of energy.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
17.08.2017
More than just spilling the beans
More than just spilling the beans
Because of their high nitrogen content, spent coffee grounds are a popular garden fertilizer. Recycled in this manner, they already contribute to an environmentally friendly waste management. But they have the potential to deliver much more: a new procedure developed at the PSI allows high quality methane to be formed from spent coffee grounds.
Environment/Sustainable Development
16.08.2017
Linking of the Swiss and European emissions trading systems: big step forward
Bern, 16.08.2017 - Switzerland and the European Union are preparing to link their emissions trading systems.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
16.08.2017
Online campaign against invasive plants
Online campaign against invasive plants
Neophytes - invasive plants that are alien to the region - are a huge burden on the public purse. The ETH spin-off "In-Finitude" has set up a new online platform right on time for the growing season.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
08.08.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
02.08.2017
Light pollution as a new threat to pollination
Light pollution as a new threat to pollination
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Artificial light disrupts nocturnal pollination and leads to a reduced number of fruits produced by the plant. This loss of night time pollination cannot be compensated by diurnal pollinators. The negative impact of artificial light at night on nocturnal pollinators might even propagate further to the diurnal community, as ecologists of the University of Bern were able to show.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
21.07.2017
"Asphalt has a major downside"
Together with scientists from Empa, ETH Professor Jan Carmeliet studied the latest heatwave last June.
Environment/Sustainable Development
20.07.2017
Swiss Forestry Statistics 2016 - Declining timber harvest hits ten-year low
Neuchâtel, 20.07.2017 - (FSO) - In 2016 the Swiss timber harvest continued its decline.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.07.2017
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
If European countries cooperated better in the field of wind energy, wind power output would fluctuate less. This is the conclusion reached by a group of energy and climate researchers at ETH Zürich and Imperial College London, who for the first time have combined a long-term analysis of predominant weather patterns with Europe-wide wind electricity generation.
Environment/Sustainable Development
11.07.2017
Most comprehensive database on past global changes is online
Most comprehensive database on past global changes is online
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Climate scientists will now be able to more accurately study the pattern and causes of global surface temperature chan
Environment/Sustainable Development
01.07.2017
«We have to talk about what the future
«We have to talk about what the future
In May 2016, Patrick Wäger took over the helm at Empa's Technology and Society lab. Closing material cycles and performing life cycle and technology assessments are just some of the topics that now come under his dominion.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.06.2017
Microplastics from the washing machine
Microplastics from the washing machine
Even before the UN Ocean Conference in early June, we already knew about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine animals swallow them or get tangled up in them, which causes them to die in agony.
Environment/Sustainable Development
19.06.2017
Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk
The research, carried out by scientists at the University of Zurich and University of Tasmania, used detailed records collected during the commercial whaling of the 20 th century and collated by the International Whaling Committee (IWC) - to look at the effects of overharvesting on whale populations, and used this historic data to help develop methods which can be applied to species of current conservation concern.
Sport Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.06.2017
A video game demonstrates how energy choices affect our carbon footpr
‘Mission Possible' combines scientific rigor and good fun to help us understand the carbon impact of our personal energy choices.
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