Press releases

Environment

What are the Opportunities and Challenges of Energy Storage?

12 April, 2021 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies (FREE Network) are organising a joint webinar to discuss the economic and environmental effects of energy storage adoption.

Exploration of ocean currents beneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ by an autonomous underwater vehicle

9 April, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

For the first time, researchers have been able to obtain data from underneath Thwaites Glacier, also known as the “Doomsday Glacier”. They find that the supply of warm water to the glacier is larger than previously thought, triggering concerns of faster melting and accelerating ice flow. 

Med hjälp av den obemannade undervattensfarkosten som tagit sig under Thwaites glaciärfront har forskarna gjort en lång rad helt nya upptäckter. Farkosten har bland annat mätt styrka, temperatur, salthalt och syrgashalt hos havsströmmarna som går in under glaciären.

How the EU can reduce tropical deforestation

30 March, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

EU imports of products including palm oil, soybeans, and beef contribute significantly to deforestation in other parts of the world. In a new study, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the University of Louvain, Belgium, evaluated over a thousand policy proposals for how the EU could reduce this impact, to assess which would […]

Groundwater discharge affects water quality in coastal waters

30 March, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Water quality management in the ocean often targets visible pollution sources such as sewage, rivers or ships. A new global study, led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, reveals that invisible groundwater discharges may be just as important driving nitrogen into coastal waters. As we enter the United Nations’ Decade of the Oceans, a […]

Insufficient financial reporting may lead to underestimation of environmental liabilities

25 March, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

European listed companies in the energy and mining sector provide, to say the least, sparse information on future environmental costs in their annual reports. Researchers believe that stricter guidelines are required as the lack of information may lead to underestimation of environmental liabilities, resulting in that future generations may have to bear the burden of […]

Big breakthrough for ’massless’ energy storage

22 March, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fibre that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material. Their latest research breakthrough paves the way for essentially ’massless’ energy storage in vehicles and other technology. The batteries in today’s […]

Expensive airline tickets and political efforts – how the aviation industry must change after Covid-19

16 March, 2021 - Linnéuniversitetet

Linnaeus University, March 16, 2021 The ongoing pandemic can be an opportunity for the aviation industry to make a transition, by gradually exchanging fossil fuels for synthetic fuels. This is shown by Stefan Gössling, professor of tourism studies at Linnaeus University, through models for future passenger air travel 2022–2050. “Making these changes in the avian […]

Huge potential for electronic textiles made with new cellulose thread

10 March, 2021 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Electronic textiles offer revolutionary new opportunities in various fields, in particular healthcare. But to be sustainable, they need to be made of renewable materials. A research team led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now presents a thread made of conductive cellulose, which offers fascinating and practical possibilities for electronic textiles. “Miniature, wearable, electronic gadgets […]

New piece of the puzzle increases understanding of speciation

18 February, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

Speciation is important because it increases biodiversity. A thesis from the University of Gothenburg examines the speciation process in multiple marine species where different populations of the same species might evolve into two completely new species.

When two populations of a species become isolated, their genes no longer intermix and over time, the two populations become increasingly different from each other. What is known as a reproduction barrier has then been formed because the two different populations no longer mate with each other even if they would meet again.

Where antibiotic resistance comes from

7 January, 2021 - Göteborgs universitet

By comparing thousands of bacterial genomes, scientists in Gothenburg, Sweden have traced back the evolutionary history of antibiotic resistance genes. In almost all cases where an origin could be determined, the gene started to spread from bacteria that, themselves, can cause disease. While human DNA is only passed down from parent to child, bacteria also […]