News from within the SENSE network
Smog in our Dutch air. Especially the cities are dealing with that these days. Where does that #smog all of a sudden come from? And why will that be a problem more often on sunny days? Air quality expert Wouter Peters (Wageningen University).
Rector Eddy Moors of IHE Delft discusses the severe rainfall and floods in Germany, Belgium and the south of the Netherlands in national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD). ''If we accept that there will be occasional floods, we should be well prepared, so that the damage is limited. If we do not accept this, we should take action to have better drainage of water.''
"The Limits to growth: a global challenge", the famous report of the Club of Rome, was published in 1972. In 2022 that is exactly 50 years ago. The alarming report was a worldwide wake-up call to put environmental policy higher on the agenda and raised general awareness for the issue.
The Dutch network for environmental professionals, VVM, seizes the golden jubilee of this historical report as an opportunity to reflect on what is and is not accomplished in this area since then: what are the challenges for the next 50 years?
The circular economy is a highly popular topic but the transition towards it is a bumpy road. The global circularity level is even falling over time, with the amount of reused materials and resources decreasing from 9.1% in 2018 to 8.6% in 2020 (Circle Economy, 2020, 2018). It is a narrative that needs an update.
The Institute of Advanced Study is one of Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institutes. Durham offers Fellows time and freedom to think, away from the demands of their everyday professional lives. By recruiting Fellows from all around the world, the IAS also fosters an exciting intellectual environment in which thinkers from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas. Applications and nominations for Fellowships are now being accepted. The closing date for applications is 25 June 2021. Please see full details on the website.
One of our SENSE PhD candidates is part of a small Dutch collective who build the "Groen Huiswerk" platform, to inform on the climate crisis and how you could make a difference. The platform provides tips on books, podcast, documentaries and articles. You’ll find a list with many movements and organizations and how you could help and guidance in how to organize something yourself.
SENSE congratulates dr.ir. Arnold van Vliet (Wageningen University & Research) for his 'appreciation' from the pilot fund ‘Science communication by scientists: Appreciated!’ As biologist, dr.ir. Arnold van Vliet performs communication activities around current developments in nature.
SENSE PhD candidate Alessio Belmondo Bianchi studied smart ways to match the increasing water demands by the chemical industry DowDuPont in Terneuzen. By combining previously developed simulation models, he concluded that a combination of treating local brackish water and transporting fresh water from distant sources was the most cost-effective and sustainable way to balance the companies water demands.
SENSE PhD researcher Bingnan Song developed an improved biological method to remove and recover selenium from wastewater. Specialized bacteria converted more than 95 % of the selenate present into elemental selenium. In addition to this high efficiency, conversion rates were about 6 times higher than in traditional methods.