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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
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? Yes, this is possible, using a cheap material like sodium lye.
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 St
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 Eu
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