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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 - 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.
Event - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.06.2017
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.06.2017
Emissions trading scheme: acquisition of aviation data in 2018
Bern, 02.06.2017 - The integration of greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector into the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is a necessary step in order to link the Swiss and European schemes.
Environment/Sustainable Development
01.06.2017
Research on road construction
Research on road construction
This year, Empa plays host to the biennial conference of the European Asphalt Technology Association (EATA).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
01.06.2017
Landscapes remain under pressure
Bern, 01.06.2017 - Landscapes play an important role in Switzerland's quality of life and attractiveness as a location. They remain under considerable pressure: the latest results of the Landscape Monitoring Switzerland programme reveal a continuous deterioration in the quality of the country's landscapes.
Careers/Employment - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.05.2017
Managing an eco-friendly house with Lego-like technology bricks
Managing an eco-friendly house with Lego-like technology bricks
Thanks to startup ThinkEE's modular system - which consists of technology bricks linking various connected devices - data from a host of sensors can be collected regardless of the sensors' protocols.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
26.05.2017
Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation
Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation Bern, 26.05.2017 - Natural disasters and climate-related risks threaten to reverse hard-won gains in development.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Careers/Employment
08.05.2017
Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone
Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone
Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed a software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2D into 3D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
08.05.2017
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the universities of Lausanne and Bern have used this technique to examine the DNA of silver fir needles found in lake sediment in Ticino.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Careers/Employment
08.05.2017
Immersive virtual-reality software for everyone
Immersive virtual-reality software for everyone
Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2D into 3D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses.
Environment/Sustainable Development
01.05.2017
Scientastic festival held in Valais for the first time
Scientastic festival held in Valais for the first time
EPFL's Valais Wallis campus in Sion hosted the school's third annual science festival this past weekend, drawing a large public turnout.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
27.04.2017
Publication of Annual and Sustainability Reports
Publication of Annual and Sustainability Reports
The ETH Zurich 2016 Annual Report provides an overview of the most important achievements, developments and events at the University over the past year, and is published alongside the 2015/2016 Sustainability Report.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
05.04.2017
Federal Council sets strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020
Bern, 05.04.2017 - On 5 April 2017 the Federal Council approved the strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Agronomy/Food Science
04.04.2017
Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams
Dübendorf, 04.04.2017 - Small watercourses are contaminated with large numbers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. A study commissioned by the Federal Office for the Environment and published today shows that the legal requirements specified for water quality are not met in any of the five Swiss streams investigated.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
20.03.2017
ACE completes its voyage around Antarctica
The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) reached Cape Town on Sunday, 19 March, completing its three-month voyage around the great white continent. But the scientific adventure has only just begun: it's now time to analyze all the data that was collected. This will improve our understanding of the effects of global warming on the Southern Ocean and the broader implications for our planet as a whole.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
14.03.2017
Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year
Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year
It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.03.2017
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
07.03.2017
Building a nomadic pavilion out of old skis
Building a nomadic pavilion out of old skis
Could recovered materials play a key role in tomorrow‘s civil engineering' EPFL researchers set out to answer that question by creating an easily demountable pavilion out of more than 200 reclaimed skis.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
07.03.2017
Building a nomad pavilion out of old skis
Building a nomad pavilion out of old skis
Could recovered materials play a key role in tomorrow‘s civil engineering' EPFL researchers set out to answer that question by creating an easily demountable pavilion out of more than 200 reclaimed skis.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.03.2017
Environmental aspects in financial market policy: Federal Council is informed of progress made
Bern, 03.03.2017 - Sustainability is important also for the financial markets.
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 - Business/Economics
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
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