Monoporeia affinis. Photo: Niklas Wijkmark Azote

New study calls for greater attention to environmental contaminants in marine monitoring programmes

A new scientific study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and colleagues from Stockholm University shows that environmental contaminants have a greater impact on the Baltic Sea’s bottom community than previously thought. The researchers call for more attention to be paid to hazardous substances when using small crustaceans and other sediment-dwelling animals to assess the effects of eutrophication and oxygen deficiency across different …

Stockholm University in top 30 in environmental science in the world

 The 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings by subject  ranks Stockholm University 23rd in the world in environmental science. Across all subjects included in the analysis, Stockholm University is among the top 50 in five subjects, and the best in Sweden in 14 subjects. The five subjects that place Stockholm University in the top 50 are: environmental science (23) …

Icebreaker Oden during SWERUS-C3

Natural gas deposits are source of methane released into the eastern Arctic Ocean

High levels of methane is escaping from the thawing subsea permafrost but the source(s) of that methane has long remained elusive. Now, a new study shows, for the first time, that the methane originates largely from a thermogenic (natural gas) deposit that breaks through the subsea permafrost and release into the shallow water column and the overlying atmosphere. The study …

Information about teaching in spring 2021 at the Department of Environmental Science

  Based on current pandemic situation and responsible authorities’ recommendations, the teaching at the Department of Environmental Science will take place online during the spring semester 2021. The only exception is the course Environmental Field Studies that also includes field excursions. This means that e-meeting service Zoom is used for lectures, workshops and seminars and learning platform Athena for other …

Multigenerational effects of pesticides on frogs

The effects of the endocrine disruptor linuron on frogs are not limited to those exposed, but are passed on to their offspring and grand-offspring as well, shows a new study by researchers at the Department of Environmental Science and their colleagues from Uppsala University. First generation offspring had reduced body weight and decreased fertility, while second generation offspring had increased …

COVID curbed University’s carbon emissions by nearly a third

Stockholm University’s carbon emissions decreased by 30 percent in 2020 according to the findings of a report produced by Swedish environmental consultancy company Svalna. “Without a doubt, this reduction was caused by the COVID pandemic.It is interesting to see how a pandemic that has drastically changed our behaviour can affect the climate,” says Magnus Breitholtz, Head of the Department of …

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Working life at Stockholm University a year into the pandemic

How are employees feeling after a year characterised by the coronavirus pandemic and working from home? What kind of reactions have reached the Human Resources Office and the trade union? And how do employees feel about the fact that working from home will continue for many people for several months to come? “How employees are feeling is probably best described …

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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. …

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Visiting addresses:

Geovetenskapens Hus,
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, Stockholm

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Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

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