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Environment/Sustainable Development - Media
12.01.2017
Peter Messerli named co-chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report
Peter Messerli named co-chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.01.2017
Summer heat for the winter
Summer heat for the winter
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.12.2016
Fighting cholera by predicting how its spreads
Fighting cholera by predicting how its spreads
In October, EPFL and Médecins Sans Frontières joined forces in an unprecedented effort to predict how the cholera epidemic in Haiti will spread.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
20.12.2016
Three months in the Antarctic to unlock the secrets of our climate
Three months in the Antarctic to unlock the secrets of our climate
The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), the first project run by the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), will set sail this evening from South Africa.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
20.12.2016
University of Zurich to become global center for biodiversity research
University of Zurich to become global center for biodiversity research
Prof. Michael Schaepman, PhD Department of Geography University of Zurich Phone +41 44 635 51 60 E-mail Prof. Bernhard Schmid, PhD Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
16.12.2016
A month at sea expanding her horizons and knowledge
A month at sea expanding her horizons and knowledge
EPFL student Oriane Etter and 48 other students from universities around the globe just completed the ACE Maritime University.
Environment/Sustainable Development
16.12.2016
A drone that flies (almost) like a bird
A drone has been equipped with feathers to increase its precision during flight. The bio-inspired device can spread or close its wings while flying, making it easier to maneuver and more resistant in high winds.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
14.12.2016
The open-air researcher
The open-air researcher
Atmospheric scientist Julia Schmale is starting out, together with more than fifty other researchers, on a three-month research cruise around the Antarctic.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.12.2016
Phase two of EPFL's expansion in Valais
Phase two of EPFL's expansion in Valais
Patrick Aebischer and Valais State Councilor Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten signing the agreement, in presence of Martin Vetterli and Jean-Michel Cina.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.12.2016
European Space Agency’s ESA successful Ministerial Council meeting in Switzerland
Bern, 02.12.2016 - The Ministers responsible for space affairs from ESA Member States came together on 1-2 December 2016 to make important decisions, namely on the strategy to ensure Europe r
Environment/Sustainable Development - Architecture
29.11.2016
Reconciling solar energy and heritage preservation
Reconciling solar energy and heritage preservation
Maria Cristina Munari Probst created a database of examples of solar panels that either fit or do not fit harmoniously in their urban setting.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.11.2016
Planning for new NEST units picking up
Planning for new NEST units picking up
NEST, the modular research and innovation building by Empa and Eawag, is teeming with life. Since it opened its doors in May 2016, over 5,000 visitors have flocked to see the building.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
01.11.2016
Preserve the Alps by giving up the chalets
Preserve the Alps by giving up the chalets
An isolated chalet in the mountains is a dream for nature lovers. However, this dream is responsible for most of the problems that winter resorts face today.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
28.10.2016
Environment/Sustainable Development
26.10.2016
Measuring air quality at Beromünster
Measuring air quality at Beromünster
A new measurement station for air pollution monitoring has been opened in Beromünster, Canton Lucerne, the first since 1990. The measurement station, operated by Empa and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is located on the site of the former international radio transmitter and monitors air pollution in the rural area of the Swiss Plateau.
Computer Science/Telecom - Environment/Sustainable Development
19.10.2016
Collaboration has never been as close as it is today?
Collaboration has never been as close as it is today?
This week, the Swiss National Computing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano celebrates its 25 th anniversary. Christoph Schär, ETH professor with the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, was there from the very start.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
30.09.2016
Rubidium pushes perovskite solar cells to 21.6% efficiency
Rubidium pushes perovskite solar cells to 21.6% efficiency
30.09.16 - EPFL scientists have stabilized perovskite solar cells by integrating rubidium into them.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
22.09.2016
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
This fall, the time has come: The Energy System Integration Platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI goes into operation.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
31.08.2016
Freshening of the Southern Ocean
Freshening of the Southern Ocean
Over the past decades, the northward drift of sea ice surrounding Antarctica has strengthened.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
29.08.2016
EUCARPIA Congress at ETH Zurich: Plant Breeding as both Art and Science
Zurich, 29.08.2016 - A good 400 researchers from the future-oriented field of plant breeding will meet this week at the 20th EUCARPIA General Congress in Zurich, organised by Agroscope and ETH Zurich.
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.08.2016
Greater biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services
Greater biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better for humans, who benefit from the varied services provided for free by nature. This is the finding of a study by more than 60 researchers from a number of universities, including the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, in Germany.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy
11.08.2016
Fewer low clouds in the tropics
With the help of satellite data, ETH scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as the earth warms. Since this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target may therefore be reached earlier than many models have predicted. It is indisputable that greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere heat up our planet.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
05.08.2016
Melting ice sheet could release frozen Cold War-era waste
The U.S. military base “Camp Century,” built in the Greenland Ice Sheet in 1959, served as a top-secret site for testing the feasibility of nuclear missile launch sites in the Arctic during the Cold War.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
27.07.2016
New approach for environmental test on livestock drugs
New approach for environmental test on livestock drugs
Livestock medications can impair beneficial organisms that break down dung. Too high a dosage of ivermectin, a common drug against parasites, harms coprophilous organisms, for instance. The toxicity of new livestock medications therefore needs to be verified in ecotoxicological tests with individual animal species such as the common yellow dung fly, the barn fly or a dung beetle.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.07.2016
New journal for nanosafety
Empa researcher Bernd Nowack is one of the editors-in-chief of the trade journal NanoImpact, which was launched in May, the first journal to focus solely on nanosafety research.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
01.07.2016
Electric scooters, drones and
Electric scooters, drones and
On 29 June the Swiss Federal Office of Energy hosted an information event at Empa presenting the annual report 2015 of the role model function of the Federal Administration for energy efficiency ("Energie-Vorbild Bund").
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.06.2016
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
05.06.2016
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
26.04.2016
Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. The extensive carbon trade among trees – even among different species – is conducted via symbiotic fungi in the soil. It is well known that plants take up carbon dioxide from the air by photosynthesis.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
18.04.2016
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch an Antarctic expedition
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch an Antarctic expedition
18.04.16 - The Swiss Polar Institute will study the Earth's poles and extreme environments. Its first project is ambitious: an international scientific expedition, comprising 55 researchers from 30 countries working on 22 research projects, will circumnavigate Antarctica.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.04.2016
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch a major Antarctic expedition
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch a major Antarctic expedition
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The Swiss Polar Institute with articipation of the University of Bern will study the Earth's poles and extreme environments.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
18.04.2016
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch a Antarctic expedition
Newly created Swiss Polar Institute to launch a Antarctic expedition
18.04.16 - The Swiss Polar Institute will study the Earth's poles and extreme environments. Its first project is ambitious: an international scientific expedition, comprising 55 researchers from 30 countries working on 22 research projects, will circumnavigate Antarctica.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
15.04.2016
Forest Discovery: Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Forest Discovery: Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other
Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. Botanists from the University of Basel report this . The extensive carbon trade among trees - even among different species - is conducted via symbiotic fungi in the soil. It is well known that plants take up carbon dioxide from the air by photosynthesis.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
05.04.2016
Off to Tierra del Fuego
Levels of greenhouse gas CO2 continue to rise and are about to exceed the next threshold. Empa makes sure that this and other air pollutants can be measured correctly and in a globally comparable way.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
01.04.2016
Patrick Wäger becomes head of laboratory
There will be a new face at the helm of the Empa "Technology and Society" laboratory, with Patrick Wäger heading up the department from May 2016.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
31.03.2016
Prey scarcity and competition led to extinction of ancient monster shark
It lived millions of years ago and was three times as large as the great white shark: the megalodon.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2016
«Watchdog» for greenhouse gas emissions
«Watchdog» for greenhouse gas emissions
Mistakes can happen when estimating emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Researchers from Empa, the University of Berne and ETH Zurich funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have developed a method to independently validate national statistics. The signatory countries of the Kyoto Protocol and the new Paris Agreement have committed to reduce global warming.
Psychology - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.03.2016
The upside to the end of the world
Disaster films and science-fiction stories can go one step beyond entertaining us: they can also help shape our values. By Susanne Leuenberger (From "Horizons" no. 108 March 2016) The Antarctic wasteland stretches out endlessly before us on the movie screen. For several minutes, the aerial photography explores the sublime beauty and the terrors of this icy world.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
11.03.2016
Varnish affects the sound of a violin
Varnish affects the sound of a violin
Varnishes protect works of art and wooden instruments from environmental damage. However, until recently, little research had been carried out into the effects of varnish on the sound of violins. Empa researchers have now investigated this relationship and have published their initial findings. Leonardo da Vinci's oil painting "Mona Lisa" looks rather gloomy with its dark green and brown colours.
History/Archeology - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.03.2016
"I can see no alternative to the multilateral path"
Streams of refugees, global warming, the Euro crisis - it seems we spend our time arguing about our problems in marathon negotiations when we should really be solving them instead.
Environment/Sustainable Development
29.02.2016
Invasive Water Frogs too Dominant for Native Species
Invasive species: The Eurasian Marsh Frog has been imported since the 1960 for human consumption and was released to nature. © Christoph Buehler In the past two decades, water frogs have spread rapidly in Central Europe. Using a new statistical model, researchers from the University of Basel were now able to show that local species such as the Yellow-bellied Toad and the Common Midwife Toad are suffering from the more dominant water frogs.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.02.2016
A second life for the IOC building
A second life for the IOC building
17.02.16 - EPFL students have come up with ideas on reusing materials from the IOC headquarters and the future Olympic village for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne.
Computer Science/Telecom - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.02.2016
Drones Learn To Search Forest Trails for Lost People
Drones Learn To Search Forest Trails for Lost People
Researchers at the University of Zurich, the Università della Svizzera italiana, and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland have developed software enabling drones to autonomously detect and follow forest paths.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
04.02.2016
Singapore's most energy efficient office by 2018
Singapore’s most energy efficient office by 2018
The recent completion of construction, and first month of successful operation of the 3for2@UWCSEA demonstration project by ETH Zurich turns the page in developing what could be Singapore's most energy-efficient office by 2018.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
28.01.2016
New Detection Method for Goby Invasion
Ponto-Caspian goby (Neogobius melanostomus) - a male in spawning coloration. Usually, the gobies are grey-brown (as demonstrated in the photo gallery further down). © University of Basel Conventional methods of stock monitoring are unsuitable for certain fish species. For example, the infestation of an area with invasive Ponto-Caspian gobies cannot be identified in time by standard methods.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Media
20.01.2016
Timely action needed to meet climate targets
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The Paris Agreement of the UN climate change conference is deemed a historic step for climate protection, but its success depends on rapid implementations.
Environment/Sustainable Development
15.01.2016
Praise for Empa environmental researcher
The media company «Thomson Reuters» has included Empa researcher Bernd Nowack in its list of «Highly Cited Researchers» of 2015. Nowack is one of 132 researchers worldwide who have been honoured in this way in the field of «Environment/Ecology». The Thomson Reuters list includes a total of 79 active researchers from Switzerland.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
04.01.2016
Looking back at 2015 (3/3)
04.01.16 - The Human Brain Project provided a first proof of concept with a numerical reconstruction of a portion of a rat neocortex, the public came in droves to EPFL's new science festival, and researchers launched a social network platform to monitor public sentiment during the global climate conference.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
17.12.2015
Putting carbon back where it came from: underground
Putting carbon back where it came from: underground
17.12.15 - Will the future run entirely on renewables? According to Lyesse Laloui, the Paris Climate Conference could be catalytic, but in the meantime, we may have to bury our CO 2 emissions underground.
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