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Environment - Campus - 22.06.2021
New connector for sustainable structures on Earth and in space
New connector for sustainable structures on Earth and in space
As part of his Master's degree in civil engineering, an EPFL student developed a connector for use in building sustainable structures.

Environment - 18.06.2021
Juggling with constant change
Juggling with constant change
A cultural landscape reflects the combined activity of nature and humans. Where has the equilibrium of this union been lost? And how can we restore the balance? Putting on the VR headset, Maya finds herself immersed in a landscape where a dozen wind turbines are busy generating electricity. Whenever she moves, this immediately triggers sounds linked to the virtual image.

Environment - Life Sciences - 17.06.2021
Protection and promotion of native crayfish
Protection and promotion of native crayfish
Formerly widespread, native crayfish in Switzerland are now highly endangered. With support from Eawag, experts are doing everything they can to preserve the secretive river dwellers.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 16.06.2021
Updating the self-sufficiency ratio
Updating the self-sufficiency ratio
The level of self-sufficiency indicates the extent to which agricultural performance ensures food security.

Environment - Economics / Business - 15.06.2021

Environment - Economics / Business - 11.06.2021
Skewed perceptions in climate policy
The benefits of strict climate policies are often underestimated in public debate, while the costs are generally overestimated, says Lucas Bretschger. Climate protection does not have a negative impact on economic development. Climate policies will permanently affect the structures of our economies.

Environment - 11.06.2021

Innovation - Environment - 10.06.2021
NEST to open its virtual doors
The research and innovation building NEST of Empa and Eawag can now be visited virtually at any time and from anywhere in the world.

Environment - Architecture - 07.06.2021
EPFL architecture students explore outdoor spaces in Geneva Canton
EPFL architecture students explore outdoor spaces in Geneva Canton
Throughout the summer, architectural works by first-year students at EPFL's ALICE studio will be on display at four sites in Geneva Canton: Genthod, Aigues-Vertes, Vernier and Onex.

Health - Environment - 04.06.2021
Researchers put technology to work for the global South
Researchers put technology to work for the global South
Tech4Dev, an EPFL program to develop technology that addresses the specific needs and living conditions of communities in the developing world, has announced four new winning projects for its research grants.

Environment - Social Sciences - 04.06.2021
A social network for global ecosystem restoration
A social network for global ecosystem restoration
ETH spin-off Restor aims to increase the success rate of ecosystem restoration and conservation projects by connecting people with better data and ecological transparency.

Materials Science - Environment - 03.06.2021
The biodegradable battery
The biodegradable battery
The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years.

Environment - Economics / Business - 31.05.2021
Climate protection provides cheaper energy
Climate protection provides cheaper energy
Although measures taken to mitigate the effects of climate change are generally associated with energy levies and high costs, the opposite is actually true: the switch to renewable sources is set to reduce energy prices significantly.

Health - Environment - 31.05.2021
Global warming already responsible for one in three heat-related deaths
Global warming already responsible for one in three heat-related deaths
An international study coordinated by the University of Bern and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increa

Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.05.2021
Untapped solar and wind potential in Swiss mountains
Untapped solar and wind potential in Swiss mountains
Scientists at EPFL and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF have issued recommendations for what type of renewable energy should be produced in Switzerland's various regions, to help achieve the country's goals of carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency. According to a new study, the most effective way for Switzerland to become carbon-neutral and energy self-sufficient is to install a combination of wind turbines and solar panels in its Alpine regions.

Economics / Business - Environment - 26.05.2021
Missing Role of Finance in Climate Mitigation Scenarios
Missing Role of Finance in Climate Mitigation Scenarios
Researchers at the University of Zurich show how climate mitigation scenarios can be improved by taking into account that the financial system can play both an enabling or a hampering role on the path to a sustainable economic system. To limit global warming, a profound transformation of energy, production and consumption in our economies is required.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.05.2021
'The change in forests' carbon role is a threat to the climate'
’The change in forests' carbon role is a threat to the climate’
The Amazon rain forest may have reached a tipping point. According to a recent study, it now emits more CO2 than it absorbs, which could speed the pace of climate change.

Materials Science - Environment - 20.05.2021
With a pinch of rubber
With a pinch of rubber
Swiss drivers wear out countless tires. Instead of incinerating them, they could be reused locally: The asphalt of various countries has long contained rubber from used tires.

Architecture - Environment - 20.05.2021

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.05.2021
International Biodiversity Day: ’We are part of the solution’
22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity. In 2021, the theme is: "We are part of the solution".

Environment - Astronomy / Space Science - 19.05.2021
EPFL works to address debris collision risk
EPFL works to address debris collision risk
Space debris threatens human safety in space and puts at risk critical space-based infrastructure that supports services such as the internet, global navigation and climate monitoring.

Environment - Administration - 11.05.2021
German-speaking Switzerland less critical of 5G expansion
The 5G wireless standard is a less polarising issue among the Swiss population than thought. According to a survey conducted by ETH researchers, the majority of people are in favour of 5G. However, a substantial portion of the population in the French-speaking region had concerns about electromagnetic radiation.

Environment - 10.05.2021
State Secretary Martina Hirayama emphasizes the importance of research at the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial
State Secretary Martina Hirayama virtually attended the third Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) on May 8-9, 2021. At ASM3, science ministers and representatives of Arctic indigenous peoples' organizations came together to strengthen international cooperation in science and research to advance understanding of the Arctic region, and to support the role of science in policy and decision-making in the Arctic.

Environment - Health - 10.05.2021
2020 Annual Report published
With research, teaching and consulting on all aspects of water, Eawag is committed to a sustainable future - in Switzerland and worldwide. This is illustrated by the diverse and exciting projects that we present in our Annual Report. Our new Annual Report shows what the aquatic research institute Eawag has experienced and achieved in this challenging year of 2020.

Life Sciences - Environment - 06.05.2021
A simple exterior - but complex interior
A simple exterior - but complex interior
ETH Fellow Serina Robinson is devoted to microorganisms. She is particularly interested in the enzymes they use to produce and break down chemical substances, as well as the question of how and why they function as they do.

Environment - Economics / Business - 04.05.2021
Improving the resilience of Switzerland’s energy supply
The new research project, SUstainable and Resilient Energy for Switzerland (SURE) launches today, Tuesday, 4 May.

Environment - Innovation - 04.05.2021

Environment - 29.04.2021
Filtering dangerous diarrhoea pathogens out of drinking water
Their very small size means that rotaviruses are difficult to filter out of water. But these pathogens are among the leading causes of gastrointestinal infections, especially among children in developing countries.

Economics / Business - Environment - 27.04.2021

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 27.04.2021
Digital advisory services for smallholder families in Africa and Asia
Digital advisory services for smallholder families in Africa and Asia
A research and innovation project at the University of Bern aims to strengthen sustainable farming methods among smallholder families in Africa and Asia using digitally supported agricultural extension services.

Environment - Health - 26.04.2021

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 23.04.2021

Environment - 22.04.2021
Science advice is crucial
The scientific community is taking a clear stand on the CO2 Act. Given their expertise, they are not only permitted, but obliged to do so, asserts Reto Knutti.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.04.2021
Europe’s largest capacity research centrifuge
The most capable geotechnical research centrifuge in Europe is currently being built on the Hönggerberg campus.

Environment - Physics - 16.04.2021
Solar energy from the deep repository
Solar energy from the deep repository
During the winter months, renewable energy is in short supply throughout Europe. An international project is now considering an unconventional solution: Renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide are pumped into the ground together, where naturally occurring microorganisms convert the two substances into methane, the main component of natural gas.

Environment - Materials Science - 15.04.2021
87 million tons of material each year
87 million tons of material each year
Empa researchers have analyzed the entire material and energy flows of the Swiss economy. Their final report now provides important data and comparisons. The team also looked into how the behavior of the Swiss population affects greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings, industrial plants, roads, cars, gasoline, electricity and all our consumption: What does Switzerland consume each year?

Environment - Health - 12.04.2021

Environment - 12.04.2021
Autarky water module proves itself as a handwashing station
Autarky water module proves itself as a handwashing station
A mobile handwashing station that hygienically recycles its own water without water mains or sewage connection not only has great potential for deployment in countries lacking in infrastructure.

Environment - 08.04.2021
Why study biodiversity? Because we depend on it!
In the Blue-Green Biodiversity research initiative of WSL and Eawag scientists from around the world are working together to find solutions to the pressing challenges of biodiversity loss.

Health - Environment - 01.04.2021
Pollen Season in Switzerland Earlier and More Intense Due to Climate Change
Pollen Season in Switzerland Earlier and More Intense Due to Climate Change
Bad news for allergy sufferers: The rising temperatures over the past three decades have impacted the onset, duration and intensity of the pollen season in Switzerland. These are the results of a study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in collaboration with the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss).

Environment - Chemistry - 25.03.2021
Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries
Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries
EPFL engineers are taking part in PROMETEO - an EU research project to generate hydrogen on a large scale from renewable sources, in an effort to lower industrial carbon emissions.

Environment - 24.03.2021
Addressing plastic pollution
Microplastic pollution is a serious problem, but blanket bans won't solve the issue, says Denise Mitrano. We should regulate plastics more precisely to create incentives for both innovation and environmental safety. Stark images of plastic floating in urban rivers and washing up on shorelines symbolize the magnitude of mismanaged plastic waste and its impact on the environment.

Computer Science - Environment - 23.03.2021

Environment - Social Sciences - 22.03.2021

Environment - 22.03.2021
"I find the sound of water to be very calming"
The motto of today's World Water Day is "Valuing water - What means water to you?". With this motto, the United Nations wants to raise awareness of the vital importance of water and call on people to think about the value of water.
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