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Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
28.02.2017
Welcome to Esiville
Welcome to Esiville
With increasing expansion of solar and wind plants, integrating irregularly generated power into the existing energy system is becoming a challenge.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
28.02.2017
Sustainable ceramics without a kiln
Sustainable ceramics without a kiln
ETH material scientists have developed a new method of manufacturing ceramics that does not require the starting materials to be fired. Instead, they are compacted under high pressure at room temperature in a significantly more energy-efficient process. The manufacture of cement, bricks, bathroom tiles and porcelain crockery normally requires a great deal of heat: a kiln is used to fire the ceramic materials at temperatures well in excess of 1,000°C.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
27.02.2017
Using google to map our ecosystem
Using google to map our ecosystem
Researchers in the Singapore-ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory developed a method to quantify ecosystem services of street trees. Using nearly 100,000 images from Google Street View, the study helps further understanding on how green spaces contribute to urban sustainability. Do you remember the last time you escaped the hot summer sun to enjoy a cool reprieve in the shade beneath a broad-leafed tree? While sizzling summer days may seem far away right now in the northern hemisphere, tropical cities like Singapore deal with solar radiation on a daily basis.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
24.02.2017
Antarctica: the ACE expedition completes its second leg
Antarctica: the ACE expedition completes its second leg
The ACE expedition has arrived in Chile. This marks the end of its second leg, during which the researchers made a stop on Antarctica, explored little-known ecosystems using a remote-controlled submersible and visited relatively uncharted territory.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
2nd edition of the Swiss Cleantech
2nd edition of the Swiss Cleantech
Six years after it first appeared, the second edition of the Swiss Cleantech Report was unveiled today at a press conference in Zurich.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions: promotion or steering?
Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.02.2017
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
17.02.2017
A novel socio-ecological approach helps identifying suitable wolf habitats in human-dominated landscapes
The wolf was eradicated in Switzerland and from large parts of continental Europe including France and Germany by the end of the 19th century. Following legal protection, the wolf population started naturally increasing and expanding, and in 1995 its presence was confirmed in Switzerland. Sightings have increased since.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.02.2017
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The Copenhagen International School's new building is covered by 12,000 colored solar panels based on a technology developed at EPFL.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
The Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is investigating how Switzerland's electricity supply might look, up to the year 2050, under a variety of boundary conditions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
06.02.2017
Bern study rehabilitates climate models
Bern study rehabilitates climate models
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) With new methods of reconstruction, climate researchers in Bern have been able to demonstrate that some 9,000 to 5,000 years ago, the Mediterranean climate was considerably warmer than previous studies had suggested. Among other things, previous concerns regarding the reliability of climate models could thus be dispelled.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
02.02.2017
Crowd mapping Canton of Geneva's soundscape
Crowd mapping Canton of Geneva's soundscape
EPFL is asking Android users who visit or live in Canton of Geneva to record the sounds around them with a special app.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
02.02.2017
Crowd Mapping Geneva Canton's Soundscape
Crowd Mapping Geneva Canton's Soundscape
EPFL is asking Android users who visit or live in Geneva Canton to record the sounds around them with a special app.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
01.02.2017
User feedback is essential, especially for complex technology
User feedback is essential, especially for complex technology
Environmentally friendly, low-carbon energy technologies are needed to achieve global climate targets.
Environment/Sustainable Development
31.01.2017
The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands
The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands
In the future, the area covered by temperate drylands will shrink in favor of subtropical drylands. Rising temperatures are increasingly drying out deeper layers of soil in the remaining temperate drylands - with significant repercussions for plant life. Researchers from the University of Basel have reported these findings in the scientific.
Environment/Sustainable Development
27.01.2017
Home-made skis on the slopes
Home-made skis on the slopes
ETH Zurich held a ski workshop for undergraduate students for the first time. Over a six-week period, the participants built their own sustainable skis, from designing them on the computer to testing them out on the slopes.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.01.2017
Novartis highlights progress towards access and environmental goals in 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report
Novartis Access-to-medicine programs reached approximately 52 million patients, including first-year deliveries through the innovative Novartis Access program   Novartis improved position in key sust
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
19.01.2017
Hot on the heels of cement's formulae
Hot on the heels of cement’s formulae
Bridges, houses, dams - for decades, cement has been a permanent feature of our urban environment. What is deemed a robust and lasting material, however, is actually fragile and highly complex on the inside.
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
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.
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