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A Blue Year for the Baltic

A Blue Year for the Baltic 2020 – was it only bad? The pandemic tended to overshadow everything else, but let us forget about the terrible corona virus for a minute and consider if 2020 brought any positive news for the Baltic Sea and what we can expect of 2021. First, let us applaud the new European Commission’s Green Deal …

Zoom disruptions: problems and outages due to heavy usage in the Nordic region

The coronavirus crisis has forced Nordic universities, including Stockholm University, to run their programmes largely online. Right now there are disruptions in the videoconferencing service Zoom throughout the Nordic region due to high usage in conjunction with the start of the spring semester. The interruptions can lead to longer response times, slow connection or choppy video streams. Users may also …

Department researchers secure solid funding despite Covid Pandemic

The Department of Environmental Science received a combined 59,4 million SEK (€5,8 million) in external research funding in fiscal year 2020. The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) awarded 11– and 19 million SEK (€1 million and €1,9 million), respectively, while 28 million SEK (€2,9 million) were awarded by …

Teaching at the Department of Environmental Science spring 2021

Based on current pandemic situation and responsible authorities’ recommendations, the teaching at the Department of Environmental Science will take place online during the first half of the spring semester 2021 (January – March). This means that e-meeting service Zoom is used for lectures, workshops and seminars and learning platform Athena for other course specific communication. Information about the courses that …

Participating in the development of the climate roadmap: Magnus Breitholtz, Cynthia de Wit, Line Gordon, Alasdair Skelton, Karin Bäckstrand, Viktor Lundborg and Lennart Bergström.

On the way to achieving climate neutrality

In order to manage the mammoth task of reaching climate neutrality, researchers at the Department of Environmental Science along with colleagues from other departments are collaborating within the Stockholm University Environmental Council to produce a roadmap for bringing university emissions down to zero and become climate neutral by 2040. Last year, the university made a commitment to achieving climate neutral by 2040. …

Understanding the behaviour of aerosols is a key question for making predictions about climate change. Photo: Jonas Witt/Flickr

New study highlights shortcomings in current modelling of water uptake by aerosols

Atmospheric aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the air that represent one of the greatest uncertainties in our knowledge about climate change. Earth system models are the scientists’ best tool to forecast future scenarios of climate change but they require accurate information to produce reliable predictions. Now a new study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and colleagues …

Interested in Masters studies in environmental science? Meet us at the Stochkolm University Masters Fair!

The Stockholm University Virtual Master’s Fair will take place on 18 November and is a unique opportunity to meet online with admissions representatives, students and alumni to learn more about our programmes, the application process, and to get your questions answered. Join us from wherever you are to learn more about our master’s programmes taught in English. The event is …

Dimethylmercury is both very volatile and very toxic. Working with this substance requires the use of silver-laminated gloves. Photo: Johannes West

New study unravels potential new source of mercury-containing neurotoxin in oceans

Mercury is highly toxic to humans, where exposure can lead to, for example, developmental impairment among children, loss of motor function and senses, and even death. The most common route of mercury exposure is through ingestion of fish and seafood, in the form of monomethylmercury. Now, scientists at the Department of Environmental Science have discovered a pathway that could produce …

Bacterial community composition affects persistence of chemicals in aquatic sediments

Current methods for risk assessment of persistent chemicals in aquatic sediments do not take into account the effect of bacterial communities on degradation. Now, a new study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and international colleagues, published in Environmental Science and Technology  shows that the composition of bacterial communities present in aquatic sediments influences how long chemicals can …

Prefessor Christina Rudén. Photo: Jens Lasthein

Christina Rudén selected advisor to EU on chemicals

Professor Christina Rudén at the Department of Environmental Science has been selected as an observer to CARACAL, an expert group under the European Commission. Stockholm University is the only academic organisation in this important advisory group on chemicals. “To now be able to closely follow the decision-making process in the EU, we can directly contribute to the discussions with scientific knowledge and …

ISSS 2020 researchers onboard the Akademik Keldysh

Swedish-Russian expedition finds new hotspots of methane emissions in Siberian Arctic seabed

Twelve researchers from the Department of Environmental Science participate in the ISSS-2020 expedition on board a Russian research vessel to study the link between biogeochemical cycles and climate change. The international research team has recently observed emissions of methane gas from new systems in the Arctic seabed. Thawing permafrost and collapsing methane hydrates in the Siberian-Arctic coast could trigger increasing emissions …

The Swedish icebreaker Oden. Photo: Stella Papadopoulou

Arctic Ocean sediments reveal permafrost thawing during past climate warming

Sea floor sediments of the Arctic Ocean can help scientists understand how permafrost responds to climate warming. A multidisciplinary team from Stockholm University has found evidence of past permafrost thawing during climate warming events at the end of the last ice age. Their findings, published in Science Advances, caution about what could happen in the near future: That Arctic warming …

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Geovetenskapens Hus,
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, Stockholm

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Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

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