Microplastic particles from the Baltic Sea under a microscope. Photo: Berit Gewert

More microplastics in waters surrounding Stockholm than expected

Levels of microplastics in the waters near Stockholm are as high as those reported near urban areas in California, USA, shows a new study by researchers at ACES and colleagues at Stockholm University and Aquabiota Water Research, Stockholm, published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. Packaging material and boating ropes are likely sources of microplastics in these waters though other sources, such …

ACES scientist receives prestigious award for research on chemicals in textiles

ACES researcher Isabella Karlsson is one of the 14 researchers who was awarded a scholarship by the King Carl XVI Gustaf Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and the Environment. Isabella Karlsson received 100000SEK (€10.350) for her research project “Chemicals in Textiles – a Potential Source for Human Exposure and Environmental Pollution.” The Foundation’s aim is to promote research, technological …

Forests may store less carbon in a warmer planet

The world’s forests mitigate global warming by taking up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. However, a new study by ACES researchers published in Global Change Biology shows that many effects of climate change on forest mortality due to, for example, frost or droughts are still not accounted for in climate models. As a result, these models …

ACES endorses March for Science

ACES endorses March for Science on April 22, 2017 and supports its mission of standing for “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity”. The March for Science aims to “unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.”  …

Stockholm University ranked in top 50 in environmental sciences

When the “QS world university rankings by subject” were announced for 2017, Stockholm University came 40th in the world in environmental sciences. Besides environmental science, Stockholm University was ranked in the top 50 universities in the world in Geography (39th), Social policy & Administration (46th), and Sociology (49th). QS Rankings are published annually by the British firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). …

ACES researchers in international research project to understand ocean-atmosphere interaction

On a planet that is dominated by water, determining how the oceans interact with the atmosphere is critical if we are to understand the climate of the Earth. All ocean-atmosphere exchange occurs through the sea surface microlayer that is less than 1 millimeter thick. However, many gaps remain in our understanding of the sea surface microlayer and how it impacts …

Participants of the YES conference had a go at walking on the frozen Brunnsviken lake, a stone's throw away from Stockholm University's Frescati campus

Impressions from the 6th Young Environmental Scientists meeting hosted by ACES

The 6th Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) took place in Stockholm from the 16th to the 20th of February 2017. Eighty students and recent graduates from 20 countries gathered to present their research, and to participate in six different short courses. This year’s theme was “Environmental Science in a Warming World.” …

Chemicals in dust could harm your cat

A new study by researchers at ACES published in Environmental Science & Technology has shown that indoor cats are exposed to high levels of brominated flame retardants via the dust in our homes. The study shows that cats are exposed to chemicals commonly used in electronics and furniture found in house dust that can adversely affect health. It is the first time that the link has been made. …

PFAS are extensively used for their water- and stain repellency.

The Never-Ending Story of PFAS?

Researchers from ACES along with colleagues from Switzerland, and the United States call for intensified global research and regulation on the vast number of highly fluorinated substances, or PFASs currently on the market, in an article published in Environmental Science and Technology. They stress that while there has been much research and regulation on a limited selection of well-known PFASs, the …

Stockholm world’s 10th most desirable student city

The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking lists Stockholm as the 10th most desirable city, and the 26th for most highly sought graduates in a top 100 ranking of world universities. The cities were ranked according to performance in six composite indicators: Desirability, Rankings, Student Mix, Employer Activity, Affordability, and, for the first time, Student View. During …

Ilona Riipinen. Foto: Markus Marcetic

Ilona Riipinen is Stockholm University’s youngest appointed professor

ACES professor Ilona Riipinen is the youngest person ever appointed to professor at Stockholm University. In the middle of December 2016, Stockholm University’s Vice-Chancellor Astrid Söderbergh Widding promoted Associate Professor Ilona Riipinen to Professor of Atmospheric Science starting on 1 January 2017. A month later, in the beginning of February, Ilona turned 35 years old, which makes her the youngest person …

ACES received nearly 9 million euros in research grants

Researchers at ACES received 85.2 million SEK (€8.8 million) in research grants in fiscal year 2016. Nordic funding agencies awarded 45.1 million SEK (€4.6 million), or 53 percent of the total, led by The Swedish Research Council Formas with 18.7 million SEK (€1.9 million) and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation with 13 million SEK (€1.3 million). EU funds amounted …

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