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Fewer premature deaths from air pollution in Stockholm likely due to Corona Effect

In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, traffic in major streets in central Stockholm was reduced by a fifth on average during March, report researcher from the Department of Environmental Science and pollution watchdog in the Stockholm region. Less traffic is expected to result in fewer premature deaths from air pollution this year.   As a third of the …

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Unknown PFAS are abundant in marine mammals from the Northern Hemisphere

Researchers at the Department of Environmental Science discovered new fluorinated chemicals in marine mammals from the Northern Hemisphere. The study was just published in Environmental Science and Technology. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFASs are a class of more than 4000 man-made compounds that are infamously known as ‘forever chemicals’, because they do not break down naturally in the environment. …

Stockholm University chemists mix hand sanitiser for current health care needs

Just over 200 litres of newly produced hand sanitiser, plastic gloves, face masks and other items in high demand comprise the first consignment of disposable items, assembled by chemists at Stockholm University to be delivered to hospitals to help meet current urgent healthcare needs in the wake of the spread of COVID-19. The Swedish health care system is currently experiencing …

Stockholm University moves to distance learning from March 18 due to COVID-19 risks

Dear students and staff at Stockholm University Due to the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus infection in Sweden, the Government has today, 17 March, asked all educational institutions (and upper secondary schools) to transition to distance learning from tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 March. Stockholm University will follow this directive, and consequently, I declare that, from 18 March 2020, and until …

Chemicals in house dust can interfere with thyroid hormone transport

A new study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and their colleagues from  Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Brunel University, London, shows that chemicals in indoor dust can interfere with thyroid hormone transport. A disturbance in hormone levels can affect health throughout life, but is especially problematic for the development of young children. The new study was recently published in …

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llona Riipinen elected member to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

llona Riipinen, professor at the Department of Environmental Science, became one of the five newly elected members to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Ilona Riipinen’s research focuses on small airborne particles called aerosols and specifically how aerosols interact with clouds and rain and how they, in turn, affect both air quality, health, and climate. We are constantly breathing in both …

New year, new decade, new name!

We are excited to announce that in an effort to more accurately reflect the mission, ambitions and education objectives of our department, the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, aka ACES, officially changed to the Department of Environmental Science effective January 1, 2020. Please stay tuned for further news and updates during the 2020-2021 academic year!

The Baltic Sea cod have been affected by thiamine deficiency for over twenty years. Photo: Roberts Ratub/Mostphotos

Cod severely affected by thiamine deficiency in the Baltic Sea

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is an essential vitamin for all animal cells. Newly published research shows that a population of Atlantic cod found in the Baltic Sea is severely affected by thiamine deficiency. The work, which was recently published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, was done by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science, and the Swedish University of …

ACES researchers secure 27,4 million SEK in research funding from Swedish agencies

Six ACES researchers have excelled in the latest Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) funding rounds, attracting more than 27,4 million SEK (€2.6 million) for 8 projects. The funding includes grants delivered through highly competitive research schemes announced yearly by both Swedish agencies, which provide three- to five-year financial support for researchers and their …

It’s a Wrap – New book marks end of successful Swedish-Chinese collaboration on environmental contaminants

Researchers from ACES and colleagues from other Swedish universities recently wrapped up a highly successful eight-year Swedish-Chinese research collaboration on environmental contaminants in the Yangtze River delta of China. Among them was ACES professor emeritus Åke Bergman who has spearheaded this major research project. A second book about the project was recently published and presented to the Municipal Bureau of …

Participants of the course “eScience for linking Arctic measurements and modelling" held in Abisko Research Station. Photo: Jonas Gliss

Third edition of ACES-led eScience course was successfully held in northern Sweden  

A week of atmospheric science combined with steamy saunas, brave winter dips, and day hikes in one of Sweden’s most pristine national parks was on offer at Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden in October. It can’t get any better than this, according to students who attended the course “eScience for linking Arctic measurements and modelling.” ”By e-science we …

From Gases to Clouds: recent studies provide new insights into the lifecycle of aerosols

Aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the air that can affect the Earth’s climate through direct reflection and absorption of solar radiation as well as through the modulation of cloud properties by serving as seeds for clouds. They are emitted to the atmosphere directly from sources such as traffic, forests, sea spray, desert dust, and fires but can also form …

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