News from within the SENSE network
A global coalition of leading scientists,among which the SENSE researchers: Frank Biermann (UU), Jeroen Oomen (UU), Aarti Gupta (WU), Maarten A. Hajer (UU), is calling for an International Non-Use Agreement on Solar Geoengineering. They argue that solar geoengineering deployment cannot be fairly governed globally and poses unacceptable risk if implemented as a future climate policy option.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has opened registration for the Government and Expert Review of the Draft of the Summary for Policymakers and longer report of the Sixth Assessment Synthesis Report. As of today, interested experts can register for participation in the review. The Government and Expert Review of the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report will take place from 10 January to 20 March 2022. Registration of experts closes on 13 March 2022, one week before the end of the review.
You can use micro-organisms for nearly everything. So why not use them to filter polluting metals from waste? With a Veni grant in his pocket, this is the genius idea that Martijn Diender will work on. He is one of the six WUR research associates who were awarded a Veni grant of €280,000 from research funding provider NWO for talented researchers who recently completed their doctorate.
Dr. Yared Abayneh Abebe of Ethiopia became the first IHE Delft alumni to be awarded the prestigious technical Steven Hoogendijk Prize! His thesis on modelling human-flood interaction was selected as the best among 40 Cum Laude theses defended at TU Delft in the past two years.
Klimaatwetenschapper Rik Leemans was op vrijdag 22 oktober 2021, samen met energiecoach Rob Groen en gedragspsycholoog Kyron Olmeijer, te gast bij De Week van Gelderland naar aanleiding van de Nationale Klimaatweek. Als het gaat om het behalen van de klimaatdoelstellingen, is Nederland een van de slechtste jongetjes van de klas binnen Europa, zo vertelde hij. "Het implementeren van alle maatregelen gaat ontzettend langzaam. Er moet veel meer gebeuren."
At the sight of the first snowflake, many a Dutchman eagerly anticipates the possibility of a Frisian Elfstedentocht skating marathon. This epic route covers not just 11 Frisian towns but also many lakes. This tour requires just one thing: sufficient ice on our waters. However, not a single Frisian skating marathon has taken place since 1997. An international study published in Nature Geoscience on October 18, to which Wageningen University & Research contributed, now shows that the lakes across the globe are warming up, and the number of days of frost will decline. ‘This warming is not just an issue that spoils our fun on the ice, but may also affect the water quality of our lakes’, the researchers state.
How will the coastal areas of the world be affected by global warming? This is an important question for coastal communities and coastal scientists, engineers, planners, managers and policy makers. A new online viewer provides a quick overview of projections for sea level rise, coastal flooding, shoreline retreat and extreme waves by combining several published state-of-the-art data sets on coastal climatic impact-drivers.
How can research have a transformative impact on society and the environment? That is the main question of the new PhD-course Transformative Research for Global Social-Environmental Challenges. The two-week course is coordinated by Josephine Chambers, postdoc at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy group, with lecturers from across WUR. ‘The focus is to explore how to combine critical social science and action-oriented methods for societal transformation.’