More chemicals, fewer words: exposure to chemical mixtures linked to impaired brain development

Exposure to chemical mixtures during pregnancy is linked to delayed language development shows a new study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and colleagues from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Greece, France, Italy and USA published in the journal Science. In light of these findings, the scientists caution that today’s systems for risk assessment of chemicals are not adequate for …

The Department of Environmental Science to host the Bolin Centre for Climate Research

From January 1st 2022, the Bolin Centre for Climate Research will be hosted by the Department of Environmental Science. Professor Ilona Riipinen from the Department of Environmental Science and Associate Professor Gustaf Hugelius from the Department of Physical Geography will be the Centre’s new directors. ”We are excited to step in as the new directors of the Bolin Centre. It is …

Global study finds the extent of pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers

A new study by an international consortium that includes researchers from Stockholm University looking at the presence of pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers found concentrations at potentially toxic levels in more than a quarter of the locations studied. The new study, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first truly global-scale investigation of pharmaceutical …

Local particulate emissions in Swedish cities account for the majority of premature deaths, according to a new PhD thesis by David Segersson. Photo: Henrik Ostrup

Harmful health effects of local particulate emissions in Swedish cities have been underestimated, shows new PhD thesis

Harmful effects from local particulate emissions are often underestimated in health impact calculations. Furthermore, local emissions account for the majority of premature deaths in Swedish cities. These are the conclusions presented in a recent PhD thesis from the Department of Environmental Science. On January 21, David Segersson defended his PhD thesis on the effects of air pollution on health. During …

The bright blue shipping container was delivered to the Department of Environmental Science in November 2021 and since then, researchers have been converting it into a mobile lab for atmospheric research. Photo: Paul Zieger

From Sweden to Italy – mobile lab deployed to measure air pollution in Italy’s ‘famous’ fogs

A container equipped with instruments to measure air pollution will make its way from Stockholm University campus to the Po Valley in Northern Italy, as part of major EU-funded climate research project. Since November 2021, researchers from the Department of Environmental Science have been preparing the bright blue shipping container, which has been a permanent feature behind the Geoscience building …

Department researchers engage in new project to help industry phase out PFAS

Professors Ian Cousins and Jonathan Benskin from the Department of Environmental Science are involved in the new project POPFREE Industri that brings together 22 actors committed to collaborate with the industry in phasing out fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS as well as finding alternatives. Led by the RISE Research Institute of Sweden and funded by Vinnova, the project aims to …

The National Facility for Exposomics at SciLifeLab in Solna, Stockholm. Users of the Facility have access to state-of-the-art high-resolution mass spectrometry (Orbitrap) workflows that combine liquid- and gas chromatography techniques for the comprehensive measurement of the chemical exposome. Data processing and analysis are compliant with FAIR Data Principles. Photo: Stefano Papazian, Department of Environmental Science/National Facility for Exposomics

National Infrastructure for Exposomics led by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science officially opened

The exposome is a relatively new paradigm in environmental health sciences, defined as all environmental exposures that we experience throughout our lives. These cumulative exposures can have profound effects on health, but measuring them comprehensively in individuals and linking them to disease is not only a great challenge but a worthwhile investment as well. Following national and international review processes, …

Birgit Wild is one of four researchers at Stockholm University to receive ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded starting grants to 14 Swedish researchers, of which four are based at Stockholm University. Birgit Wild, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science is one of the four. Birgit Wild’s project “Rhizosphere priming: Quantifying plant impacts on carbon dioxide emissions from a warming Arctic,” aims to answer the question of whether interactions …

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More than 100 Swedish researchers sign petition for international panel on environmental toxins

Hundreds of researchers signed a petition addressed to the Swedish Minister for Climate and Environment Annika Strandhäll to support the establishment of an international panel on environmental toxins. The International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) is an international network of researchers. It was established in 2008 due to increased awareness of the problems caused by chemicals and the existing gapbetween …

Only a small part of what ends up on the seafloor can be seen when we make assessments of the environmental effects of dumping waste. Photo: Peter Bruce

Exemptions granted for dumping contaminated sediments in Baltic Sea fail to consider risk to marine environment

Large amounts of often polluted dredged sediments are being dumped in the Baltic Sea – even though it is banned, shows a new study by researchers from Stockholm University (the Department of Environmental Science among the departments involved), and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute published recently in Frontiers in Marine Science. The study uncovered inconsistencies in granting exemptions for sediment dumping …

Harmful Boomerang: PFAS Pollution in Ocean Comes Back to Land

Many of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that end up in the ocean boomerang back to shore after they are re-emitted into air with the crashing of waves, according to a study by researchers at Stockholm University published today in Environmental Science & Technology. The findings suggest that this sea-to-air transport process is a significant contributor to PFAS air …

External funding to Department researchers “considerable” in 2021

Twelve researchers at the Department of Environmental Science have secured in excess of 40 million SEK (€3,9 million) in the latest Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) funding rounds, attracting 41,2 million SEK (€4 million) for 10 projects. In addition, Professor Ilona Riipinen was awarded 8,75 million SEK (€853.000) by The Wallenberg Foundations …

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