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Environment - Electroengineering - 24.05.2024
The bright future of solar energy
The bright future of solar energy
Solar energy, which is both abundant and free, is poised to become the world's leading power source by 2050.

Environment - Life Sciences - 23.05.2024
Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová appointed assistant professors at ETH Zurich
Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová appointed assistant professors at ETH Zurich

Economics - Environment - 22.05.2024
New impetus for regional growth
New impetus for regional growth

Environment - Career - 21.05.2024
Mobility research on commuting in the Suurstoffi in Risch-Rotkreuz
How much CO2 do Suurstoffi residents save by commuting from home and coworking? The working residents of Suurstoffi consume an average of around 742 kg of CO2 per year for their commute.

Environment - 21.05.2024
500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up
500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up
EPFL has teamed up with three organizations - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) - to develop Lémanscope, a citizen-science initiative to monitor the health of Lake Geneva.

Environment - 17.05.2024
Thinking climate action, biodiversity and energy supply together
Renewable energies are not the main driver of biodiversity loss. It is rather the other way round: renewables can limit climate change in order to preserve biodiversity.

Environment - 17.05.2024
Eawag at the centre of international WASH efforts
Eawag at the centre of international WASH efforts

Environment - Earth Sciences - 16.05.2024
Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: where amphibians feel at home
Four ponds, 100 square metres, diverse and fluctuating: where amphibians feel at home
Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation.

Environment - 15.05.2024
Three important water stakeholders become a Blue Community

Environment - Health - 14.05.2024
Hay Fever on the Increase Due to Climate Change
The hay fever situation in Switzerland is deteriorating because of climate change: the hay fever season is becoming longer, pollen concentrations are increasing, and highly allergenic invasive plants are becoming widespread. Researchers at the Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) have issued a new fact sheet that summarises the latest findings about the hay fever and pollen situation, and how it is being impacted by climate change.

Environment - 14.05.2024
Forest landscape model TreeMig

Environment - 10.05.2024
500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up
500 volunteers needed to give Lake Geneva a check-up
EPFL has teamed up with three organizations - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Association for the Safeguard of Lake Geneva (ASL) - to develop Lémanscope, a citizen-science initiative to monitor the health of Lake Geneva.

Environment - 07.05.2024
CONFERENCE | 21.05.2024: Climate Change Litigation

Environment - Earth Sciences - 02.05.2024
Where amphibians feel at home
Where amphibians feel at home
Number, size, surroundings and water level: for the first time, there are quantitative scientific recommendations when it comes to the development of new ecological infrastructures for amphibian conservation.

Social Sciences - Environment - 01.05.2024
The housing shortage dilemma: more housing alone is not enough
The issue of housing shortages is not disappearing from the headlines. According to housing researcher Miriam Meuth, the displacement of certain sections of the population from their homes and neighborhoods is not discussed enough.

Materials Science - Environment - 29.04.2024
ETH spin-offs develop high performance batteries
ETH spin-offs develop high performance batteries
The electrification of many areas of life is leading to an increased demand for high-performance batteries.

Environment - Administration - 22.04.2024
Cost-cutting measures at WSL

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 22.04.2024
Leveraging data to shrink EPFL's food-related carbon footprint
Leveraging data to shrink EPFL's food-related carbon footprint
As part of the MegaBites project, researchers will carefully analyze data on food production and consumption on the EPFL campus, with the goal of cutting the School's food-related carbon emissions.

Environment - Politics - 17.04.2024
The energy transition will require popular supports
The energy transition will require popular supports
To achieve a decarbonized world, clean energy sources will have to be widely adopted - yet there's a range of obstacles in the way. A number of researchers are studying these obstacles and mapping out strategies for getting past them. Here's a look at some of their findings. The first one is financial.

Environment - 15.04.2024
Greenhouse gases 2022: sharp drop in building emissions
Greenhouse gases 2022: sharp drop in building emissions
In 2022, Switzerland emitted 41.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2 eq.), 3.5 million tonnes less than in 2021.

Environment - 11.04.2024
Social costs of energy systems
Social costs of energy systems
Developing wind and solar infrastructure in the landscape can be tricky and often associated with resistance to arise among the population. Thanks to a new study by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, in addition to the spatial and ecosystem-related costs, also social costs in form of people's preferences can now be considered when siting for new solar and wind power plants.

Environment - 10.04.2024
Federal Council renews its contribution to the Green Climate Fund

Innovation - Environment - 09.04.2024
Giving innovation a major boost
Giving innovation a major boost

Environment - 08.04.2024
A Pro-rectorate for Sustainable Transformation and Equal Opportunities

Environment - Economics - 04.04.2024
Wood: useful and complex
Wood: useful and complex
How can the forestry and timber industry be encouraged to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by using local wood? Two projects from Central Switzerland demonstrate this.

Environment - 26.03.2024
WSL Strategy 2035
WSL Strategy 2035
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL presents its 2035 research strategy.

Environment - 25.03.2024
Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez and João P. Leitão become adjunct professors
Joaquín Jiménez-Martínez and João P. Leitão become adjunct professors

Environment - 22.03.2024
Hydropower is a cornerstone of renewable energy
Hydropower is a cornerstone of renewable energy
22 March is the World Water Day. Water power has so much more to offer. Engineers are working hard to both expand this form of clean energy and make better use of existing hydropower plants. Hydropower fell out of fashion in the late 20th century owing to nuclear power and extremely low electricity prices.

Environment - Pedagogy - 21.03.2024
Inauguration of the USI House of Sustainability in Airolo

Environment - Architecture - 21.03.2024
Website shows the benefits of the forest with many examples
Website shows the benefits of the forest with many examples
The forest is more than just a collection of trees. This is impressively demonstrated by the www.waldnutzen.ch website developed in Central Switzerland.

Environment - Architecture - 21.03.2024
Making construction sustainable by reusing materials
Making construction sustainable by reusing materials
One way to lighten the construction industry's heavy carbon footprint is to reuse existing materials - an approach being explored by numerous researchers.

Environment - 21.03.2024
Endangered underwater world in postage stamp format
Endangered underwater world in postage stamp format

Economics - Environment - 21.03.2024
Central Swiss companies defy the crises
Central Swiss companies defy the crises
Despite several global crises, Central Switzerland's economy is robust and companies are optimistic about the future.

Environment - Electroengineering - 19.03.2024
Negative emissions despite enormous energy input
Negative emissions despite enormous energy input
From the desert to Swiss industry: As part of the new Mining the Atmosphere initiative, researchers are pursuing the goal of harvesting renewable energy in the Earth's sun belt, converting it several times and transporting it over long distances to where it is needed.

Architecture - Environment - 19.03.2024
On the way to net zero in the building sector
In the fight against climate change, Switzerland has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Environment - 18.03.2024
Biodiversity at forest edges
Biodiversity at forest edges
Forests contain a lot of biodiversity and provide many ecosystem services such as carbon storage, wood production, and cooling. However, there is an important difference between the biodiversity and services provided by forest cores and forest edges. This is shown in an international study led by the University of Ghent with the collaboration of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 18.03.2024
Pesticide-free as a new pathway for agriculture
Pesticide-free as a new pathway for agriculture
We can transition to pesticide-free agriculture without converting to organic farming. Robert Finger outlines the advantages and challenges involved.

Environment - Economics - 18.03.2024
Offsetting biodiversity: risks and opportunities
The impoverishment of our ecosystems due to unregulated land development and pollution is a critical issue that has gained significant importance.

Environment - 13.03.2024
How landscape conservation protects against fires
How landscape conservation protects against fires
Climate change influences how often and how intensively forests in Switzerland could burn in the future.

Environment - 13.03.2024
Launch of SWEET call for proposals on topic of Net Zero

Environment - Materials Science - 13.03.2024
Embracing change
Embracing change
In October 2023, Nathalie Casas took over the lead of Empa's Energy, Mobility and Environment research department.

Environment - Innovation - 12.03.2024
Allies from the deep

Environment - 11.03.2024
Cutting-edge research underground
Cutting-edge research underground
In Fehraltorf in Zurich Oberland, Eawag and the ETH Zurich have set up a globally unique field laboratory for wastewater research. Numerous measurement instruments and sensors continuously supply data on the quantity and composition of the wastewater. "What happens to the contents of the toilet after you have flushed it?" This is how Jörg Rieckermann summarises the key question for research in the "Urban Water Observatory" in Fehraltorf, or UWO for short.

Environment - Chemistry - 08.03.2024
Recycling plastic is not a quick fix
Recycling is an accepted formula for sustainable resource use, but in the case of plastic it can have serious side effects, says - and uses the example of plastic flooring in Switzerland to illustrate the dilemma. Considering the climate crisis and worldwide plastic pollution, many people believe that recycling materials, in particular plastic, is the solution to our problems.

Transport - Environment - 07.03.2024
Unproblematic use of synfuels in classic car engines
Unproblematic use of synfuels in classic car engines
AMAG Classic and Empa have jointly conducted a detailed and scientifically sound investigation into the compatibility of synthetic gasoline in classic cars. Engine components were tested for over a year and driving tests were carried out with selected classic cars. The result: classic cars can also be operated in a climate-friendly manner in the future, as synthetic gasoline can be used in older engines without hesitation.

Environment - 07.03.2024
The man for freak events
The man for freak events
Christoph Schär is one of the Swiss climate scientists who have shaped high-resolution climate modelling.

Environment - Health - 29.02.2024
For equitable access to urban green spaces
For equitable access to urban green spaces
Vacant land, community gardens and public parks are key resources for liveable cities. Fritz Kleinschroth calls on urban planners to focus on giving nature more space and on granting equitable access to green spaces. Fritz Kleinschroth is a senior scientist at the Chair of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich and researches the consequences of urbanisation for ecosystems.

Environment - 26.02.2024
What private investors think about investor protection
What private investors think about investor protection
In 2022, the federal government introduced a mandatory risk assessment for investment advice. Most private investors consider this to be sensible.

Environment - Innovation - 23.02.2024
EPFL professor named to United Nations SDG group
EPFL professor named to United Nations SDG group

Materials Science - Environment - 22.02.2024
Graphene research: numerous products, no acute dangers
Graphene research: numerous products, no acute dangers
The largest EU research initiative ever launched has come to a successful end: The Graphene Flagship was officially concluded at the end of last year.
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