Pollution
A pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide useA pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide use

Integrated pest management gains momentum due to European regulations on pesticides reduction. But the challenges are to integrate all alternative methods and to get farmers involved. 

March 2014
When air quality governs traffic managementWhen air quality governs traffic management

Phasing traffic lights according to air pollution rates at the scale of a city district could soon become a reality.  But this, first, requires overcoming the complexity of air pollution models.

March 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
Air quality models: new health prevention toolsAir quality models: new health prevention tools

As the link between air pollution and several illnesses has been established, air quality forecast will play an increasing role in mitigating health risk.  

November 2013
Laurence Rouïl - policymakers now trust air quality modelsLaurence 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
Forecasting air pollutionForecasting air pollution

Sophisticated computer algorithms mimicking the law of physics are used to forecast global air pollution levels

November 2013
Screening eco-innovation levelScreening eco-innovation level

Reducing the use of natural resources and lowering the amount of harmful substances across the life-cycle of a product or process has become a must for innovation. But smaller companies have yet to make it happen.

August 2013
Cleaning up behind the fashion industryCleaning up behind the fashion industry

A reagent capable of removing colour left in the waste water used in the textile industry is an improvement, but choosing quality dyes would lead to less pollution alltogether.

July 2013
Troubled Danube’s waters, not up to standards yetTroubled Danube’s waters, not up to standards yet

The water quality of the Danube river has improved since measures to reduce pollution have been implemented in1995, but there are areas where the toxic waste loads are still high. 

July 2013
Lars-Otto Reiersen – Preserving the health of the ArcticLars-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
Greener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficientGreener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficient

Research attempts to balance more efficient uptake during cows’ digestion of nitrogen feed fertiliser to help reduce the level of cattles’ flatulences responsible for generating methane, a greenhouse gas

May 2013
A balancing act for carbon stock preservationA balancing act for carbon stock preservation

More accurate data regarding the extent to which greenhouse gases stemming from human activity interplays with the balance of carbon stocks in Europe will soon be available to inform policies. But would that make a difference?

March 2013
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the ArcticChemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic

Studies uncover risks and threats to Arctic inhabitant’s health that might be due to contaminants brought by warmer air and sea water currents resulting from climate change

March 2013
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warmingAri Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming

Tiny particles impact our air quality and cause health problems, but European researchers have been discovering how these particles can also influence climate change.  

March 2013
Keeping soil pollution under watchKeeping soil pollution under watch

Scientists investigated into how soil contamination can be cost-effectively monitored over large areas and long periods of time thanks to geophysical measurements

February 2013
Bacteria to spot pollutionBacteria to spot pollution

Scientists are recruiting bacteria to spot pollutants spilling into our rivers and lakes.

January 2013
Ticking diseases time bomb linked to pollutionTicking diseases time bomb linked to pollution

Heavy industry’s reluctance to introduce clean technology means that the mutations induced by air pollution in today’s children could herald higher incidence of diseases when they reach adulthood

December 2012
Mitigating our carbon footprintMitigating our carbon footprint

Scientists have developed prediction tools to model the impact of policies aimed at reducing our ecological footprint on the environment

December 2012
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensorsRust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors

A new device designed to check for air corrosiveness in museums, could also find application in car and ship making industries

September 2012
Stephen Stansfeld: studying the effect of noise pollution on people’s healthStephen Stansfeld: studying the effect of noise pollution on people’s health

Although solutions are manifold, he goes as far as advocating the creation of quiet refuges in buildings

August 2012
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