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The discourse on decolonising science has gained prominence in recent years as scholars and activists, adopting a critical lens, strive to confront the historical and systemic implications of coloniality on scientific knowledge, practices and institutions.
What sustainable actions can we take to combat rising temperatures and reduce urban heat stress? Gert-Jan Steeneveld, Wageningen University & Research researcher and AMS Principal Investigator, shared insights on the challenges associated with heat stress in an interview on the Dutch AVROTROS TV show 'De Wereld van Morgen', focussed on Dutch National Climate week.
Over three engaging days, we will discuss the most impactful future-fit economic models, learn from successful sustainable practices, and tackle the question: "How can regions shift from monetary, GDP-led growth towards sustainable growth of its non-monetary ‘area capital’, through a multi-stakeholder perspective?"
The 3rd International Sustainable Energy Conference - ISEC 2024 has set this year's conference theme and is looking forward to exciting contributions from researchers worldwide. Abstract submission has extended to 31 October 2023.
The focus of ISEC 2024 will be on how we can achieve energy sovereignty within a time horizon dictated by climate change and defined by politics. Global solutions such as the transformation of our economic system towards a sustainable circular economy, the complete phase-out of fossil fuels, the implementation of sector coupling and energy storage systems as well as the smart electrification of the energy supply will be the focus of the presentations and discussions.
As an impetus for forward-looking concepts, ISEC 2024 aims to inspire groundbreaking ideas for heat transformation in renewable energy systems and resource efficiency and facilitate a comprehensive exchange between research, industry, and energy policy. Through ISEC 2024's cooperation with the international organisations UNIDO, IEA, and REN21, all topics will have an additional focus on developing and emerging countries.
About four months after the UN 2023 Water Conference, IHE Delft Rector Eddy Moors reflects on the impact of the event, which gathered some 10,000 participants at the UN headquarters in New York City and online.
Afua Owusu has won the inaugural Falkenmark award for best PhD thesis for her work on the protection and restoration of naturally flowing rivers through the provision of environmental flows (e-flows). The prize, awarded by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), recognizes outstanding contributions to hydrological understanding of water scarcity and water supply.
What part of the global population is likely to have to survive Saharan temperatures as a result of climate change? Professor Marten Scheffer (Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management, WUR) analysed this question three years ago with a team of international researchers. This much-debated study was recently updated. Nature Sustainability publishes an article on the study this week.
More than 2,000 pesticides are used for agricultural production in Europe, yet knowledge about the effects of pesticide residue mixtures on ecosystems and human health is scarce and scattered. The SPRINT project investigates the occurrence and resulting impact of these mixtures on ecosystems and humans.
The water system in the Netherlands is under increasing pressure due to climate change, pollution and growing consumption of water. That means we need to make more efficient use of the available water. In the AquaConnect programme, researchers collaborate with partners in the water sector in developing a smart, circular water system.