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What is the role and responsibility of the business community in alleviating poverty?

22 September, 2022 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

With recent reductions in international aid contributions, eradicating poverty is becoming increasingly challenging. Ending poverty requires cross-sectoral partnerships and engagement from all parts of society, not least the private sector. On October 5, Misum Forum 2022 is hosting prominent Swedish industry leaders and internationally renowned academics to discuss the role business and industry can, and […]

Activated carbon can lead to odourless diapers

22 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Activated carbon is used in kitchen fans to eliminate food odours. A new dissertation from the University of Gothenburg shows that activated carbon could also eliminate the smell of urine from diapers. Experiments with the odour molecule p-cresol show that activated carbon, which largely consists of the carbon variant graphene, can lock in odour instead […]

Agriculture drives more than 90 percent of tropical deforestation

8 September, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Halting deforestation will require a step-change in approach, and to be effective measures must address underlying and indirect roles of agriculture, says study. A new study published today in leading journal, Science, finds that between 90 and 99 percent of all deforestation in the tropics is driven directly or indirectly by agriculture. Yet only half […]

Planting trees not always an effective way of binding carbon dioxide

8 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Tree-planting has been widely seen as an effective way of binding carbon as carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere. But now researchers from the University of Gothenburg and elsewhere are warning that forests on nutrient-poor land won’t be an additional carbon sink in the long term. As forests age, their uptake of CO2 declines […]

Eelgrass genetics determine survival

7 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The genetic history of eelgrass may play a greater role than the local present-day environment for how tall the eelgrass can become and for how many other plants and animals will live within the eelgrass meadow. These findings were shown in a large survey that included researchers from the University of Gothenburg. Eelgrass in the […]

Combing light with sharper teeth

6 September, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Microcombs have widely differing application areas – they can help us discover planets outside our solar system as well as track diseases in our bodies. New research results at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now gives a deeper understanding of how the line width in the combs works, something that will, among other things, enable […]

A health risk to reuse old toys

2 September, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

When researchers at the University of Gothenburg tested a large number of old toys made of plastic, 84 per cent of the items were found to contain toxins that can disrupt growth and development and reproductive capacities in children. These toxins are an obstacle for the circular economy in the future.

Pioneering recycling turns mixed waste into premium plastics with no climate impact

30 June, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Only a fraction of the material that could be turned into new plastic is currently recycled. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have now demonstrated how the carbon atoms in mixed waste can replace all fossil raw materials in the production of new plastic. The recycling method is inspired by the natural carbon […]

New technology turns the whole fish into food

28 June, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

In the meat industry, it’s common practice to turn the whole animal into food products. In the fish industry, over half of the weight of the fish ends up as side-streams which never reach our plates. This takes a toll on the environment and is out of step with Swedish food and fisheries strategies. Now, food researchers […]