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Strong political action needed to reduce the increasing share of dollar millionaires’ enormous environmental impact

25 January, 2023 - Linnéuniversitetet

The share of dollar millionaires in the world is steadily increasing and their emission patterns make it difficult, if not impossible, to meet the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to a new study by tourism professor Stefan Gössling, the dollar millionaires will, within just a few decades, be […]

Joining efforts in research on antibiotic resistance

16 December, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Research on antibiotic resistance will broaden significantly when the Center for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) in Gothenburg expands. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of the most serious global health threats. Over a million people die annually as a direct result of infections caused by resistant bacteria. Lack of effective antibiotics jeopardizes much of modern […]

Eco-friendly paint most effective against fouling on ships and boats

12 December, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Emissions from copper-based antifouling paints are a well-known environmental problem. As much as 40 percent of copper inputs to the Baltic Sea come from antifouling paints on ships and leisure boats. According to a new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, this is completely unnecessary. When the researchers compared copper-based antifouling paint with biocide-free […]

Shame or hope? How should we feel about climate change?

1 December, 2022 - Institutet för Framtidsstudier

In an award-winning article, philosopher Julia Mosquera and researcher in psychology Kirsti Jylhä, help us sort out our climate emotions. Is it okay to enjoy warmer summers, given they are caused by climate change? Should we feel shame when we fly, and is anxiety an overreaction or a rational response to the current climate crisis? There is widespread disagreement about how we should feel regarding climate change, and this process of normativization runs the risk of going wrong if we believe there is just one appropriate emotion.

Ultra-sensitive optical sensor can reduce hydrogen’s risks

1 December, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

In the pursuit of clean and renewable energy, hydrogen plays an important role. But a major challenge facing this transition is that the gas is explosive when mixed with air. For this reason, it is crucial to be able to detect hydrogen leaks as early as possible. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Vrije […]

Economic interests cloud hazardous chemicals reductions

10 November, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The regulation of hazardous chemicals in Europe has been shaped by economic interests, according to a study published in Nature Communications. The researchers, from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, find that regulators focus on chemicals of secondary importance leading to lesser than anticipated hazard reductions.

The Paris Agreement – better measurement methods needed

7 November, 2022 - Linköpings universitet

The Paris Agreement says that we should reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. But do we have the measurement methods needed to achieve this? This is the question posed by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, in a study published in Environmental Research Letters. Their answer is disheartening.

New research reveals wastewater treatment plants can catch a cold

28 October, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The efficient running of wastewater treatment plants is an essential part of modern society. Just like humans, wastewater treatment plants can get sick, due to viral attacks. Now, new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, reveals the implications for the surrounding environment in case the plant catches a cold. From the study, the researchers have shown there is a clear relationship between virus concentration and the amount of dissolved organic carbon present in the effluent water. More of this carbon in the effluent water, means increased oxygen consumption in the surrounding bodies of water where the effluent is discharged. This could have potential negative impacts on the aquatic ecosystems nearby.

Research reveals large emissions from ship scrubbers

19 October, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The Baltic Sea is considered one of the world’s most polluted seas. Now, new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, reveals a relatively unknown environmental culprit. The study shows that the discharge water from ships’ exhaust gas treatment systems, so-called scrubbers, is responsible for up to nine percent of certain emissions of carcinogenic and […]

The history of pollution is revealed through the Baltic Sea sediments

17 October, 2022 - Linnéuniversitetet

Decades of pollution from industry, agriculture, and traffic. A new dissertation measures metal contamination in Baltic Sea sediments from preindustrial times to the present. The results give hope for saving the marine environment, but also warns us about the risks of releasing metals from the seabed. Bottom sediments consist mainly of tiny particles from mud, […]