Interviews
Power of the Sun. Dirt cheap Power of the Sun. Dirt cheap

In a world hungry for energy, top scientist Michael Grätzel hopes to make solar cells more affordable by copying photosynthesis

March 2016
Hilppa Gregow – Learning from the past to prepare for future extreme weather events Hilppa Gregow – Learning from the past to prepare for future extreme weather events

Understanding which extreme weather events may have caused problems in the past leads to assess the potential impact of future such events on infrastructures.

January 2015
Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather

Meteorologists use data of past weather events and climate modelling to improve weather warnings for operators of transport, energy and communication infrastructure

January 2015
Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character

Nature can still shock us with its ferocity. Hence, the need to minimise the impact on the most modern transport, energy and communication networks of Nature’s extreme events.

December 2014
Johannes Kaiser - Estimating the impact of fires on the atmosphere Johannes Kaiser - Estimating the impact of fires on the atmosphere

European scientists globally monitor wildfires with the help of satellites. The emission data are important for globally and regionally forecasting air quality.

May 2014
Frédéric Chevallier and Olivier Boucher - Greenhouse gases and aerosols forecasters Frédéric Chevallier and Olivier Boucher - Greenhouse gases and aerosols forecasters

Global simulation models taking into account the varied sources of emission and behaviour of principal air pollutants are now available to climate, weather and pollution forecasting scientists

February 2014
Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction? Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction?

Science is becoming closer emulating the fiction of the Avatar movie, by deciphering plants’ electrical signals to devise new holistic environmental biosensors 

January 2014
Laurence Rouïl - policymakers now trust air quality models Laurence Rouïl - policymakers now trust air quality models

Air quality forecasts have become more accurate and will soon become as ubiquitous as weather reports

November 2013
Wolfgang-Albert Flügel:  Scrutinising rivers upstream Wolfgang-Albert Flügel: Scrutinising rivers upstream

An integrated approach to better manage land use and the water resources of river systems aims at developing strategies for mitigating climate change impact

October 2013
David Kay: cleaning up Europe’s bathing waters David Kay: cleaning up Europe’s bathing waters

By investigating health risks associated with bathing waters, scientists are contributing to future reviews and revision of the EU’s Bathing Water Directive.

October 2013
Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers

Reducing the environmentally damaging fertilisers is one of the challenges of modern agriculture.  A solution based on animal waste could be an option.

September 2013
Bitumen roofing can be recycled… but isn’t Bitumen roofing can be recycled… but isn’t

Why there are challenges in exporting a viable bitumen recycling process throughout Europe

September 2013
Christoph Heinze: peering through the global carbon cycle Christoph Heinze: peering through the global carbon cycle

The oceans are one of the sink absorbing carbon dioxide derived from human activity. Yet fully quantifying the ocean’s carbon uptake under a changing climate remains challenging. 

August 2013
Antonio Bombelli: Africa’s carbon cycle under scrutiny Antonio Bombelli: Africa’s carbon cycle under scrutiny

Estimating the contribution of greenhouse gases from Africa is key in ensuring our picture of global warming is accurate. But this would require constant monitoring that has not been sustained.

August 2013
Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice

A network solution enables business users to share environmental information across supply chains, albeit at the cost of considerable effort to gather it all into a single information space.

July 2013
Bernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentials Bernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentials

Marine genomics needs to raise its profile to ensure that relevant researchers and industries make the most of the amazing resources found in our oceans

June 2013
Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations Marco Borga: Flash floods predictions, subject to models’ limitations

Preparing for extreme weather events that cannot precisely be anticipated, such as flash floods, is a challenge that can be addressed. But the predictions are only as good as the models used.

June 2013
Floor Brouwer: gathering environmental scientists and land use policy makers Floor Brouwer: gathering environmental scientists and land use policy makers

Exploring land use policy can support sustainable development in developing countries, but implementation of scientific advice is difficult to achieve.

May 2013
Lars-Otto Reiersen – Preserving the health of the Arctic Lars-Otto Reiersen – Preserving the health of the Arctic

The Arctic represents a unique environment that can tell scientists a great deal about air pollution mechanisms, due to the effect of climate change 

May 2013
Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides Marco Lodesani: Lessons from the Italian ban on pesticides

Exposure to sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids may have a long-term effect on bees. One of Italy’s top bee researchers recommends a ban on insecticide-coated seeds and in reintroducing rotating cultures against pests invasion.

May 2013
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