Stockholm ranked best student city in the Nordic countries

Stockholm is the Nordic region’s best student city, and the 24th in the world according to a new ranking from QS World University Rankings. The QS Best Student Cities 2016 compares which cities are the best in the world for international students. Stockholm placed highest in the Nordic countries, and is well placed internationally with its place at 24 in …

Environmental toxins accumulate in wild animals in China

Many animal species in southern China carry high levels of organohalogen contaminants. Most common is DDT, which has been banned for a long time in many parts of the world. New types of PCBs as well as polychlorinated carbon compounds and chloroparaffins were also found.  These are the results of a research study from a collaborative project between researchers from …

Severe Arctic Ocean acidification via permafrost thawing and river runoff

When organic material released from thawing permafrost is transported to the sea it gets broken down in the seawater contributing to a more rapid acidification of the Arctic Ocean, finds new research by scientists from Stockholm University and colleagues. Ocean acidification is an important consequence of humankind’s release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning. It …

Professor Örjan Gustafsson, ACES

Large grant to fund project on thawing permafrost

Professor Örjan Gustafsson received an ERC Advanced Grant to fund his team’s research into the effects of thawing Arctic permafrost on climate. There are large quantities of frozen organic matter and greenhouse gases trapped in the permafrost in shallow soils and in coastal sediments. A warmer climate could trigger the thawing, which in turn may cause release of those gases, …

European clean air policies unmask Arctic warming by greenhouse gases

The drastic cut in sulfate particle emissions in Europe partly explains the amplified Arctic warming since the 1980s, shows a new study published in Nature Geoscience. The team, which consists of scientists from Stockholm University and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, say that their surprising finding highlights an even more urgent need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate Arctic climate …

Paris landmark treaty is an opportunity for profound change

The successful closing of the climate agreement in Paris was celebrated over the weekend throughout the world. Indeed, the global commitment of keeping global warming below 2 ºC, preferably below 1.5 ºC, is a historical step towards a more sustainable future. Issues that raised discussion during and after the conference included how to delegate responsibility between the 200 different countries, …

Ilona Riipinen named Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2015

The amount of particles in the atmosphere is decisive for both our health and the Earth’s climate. Researchers have spent a great deal of time investigating what causes the emission of particles, but knowledge about how they leave the atmosphere is not as advanced. Ilona Riipinen, researcher at ACES and new Wallenberg Academy Fellow, will now study how clouds and rain, …

What can we expect from the climate negotiations in Paris?

The negotiations to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions have started in Paris. What can we expect? Insights from some 50 years ago when we had another major trans-boundary environmental pollution problem in Europe might give us some clues on what influences international negotiations on common environmental problems. It started in the early 1960s with article in one of the major …

ACES researchers secure more than €2.5 million in public funding

ACES researchers secured more than €2.5 million in public funding to advance scientific work in laboratories and in the field over the next few years. Specifically, Michael McLachlan, Lillemor Asplund, Örjan Gustafsson, August Andersson, Hans-Christen Hansson, Ilona Riipinen, Lars Ahlm and Anna Sobek received a combined €2.6 million (24.5 million SEK) of funding from the Swedish Research Council and the …

Fat versus food: what drives pollutant build-up in predators?

Bioaccumulation occurs when a chemical pollutant accumulates in a living organism. Certain pollutants are fat-loving and are driven into the fat of a predator when it eats and digests its prey. But is digestion responsible for the accumulation of pollutants in the fat of predators or does their fat have a higher capacity for holding them? A team of researchers from …

A diary from a week of talks about the Baltic Sea challenge

Researchers from ACES participated in this year’s Almedalen week (Almedalsveckan, a well-attended annual event taking place in and around Almedalen, a park in the city of Visby on the island Gotland) along with experts from the Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm University, Trossa, Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate and MistraPharma. The Swedish initiative Sustainable Seas (Hållbara Hav) organised a series of seminars aboard …

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