A month in one of the world’s most polluted megacities – a scientist’s story

Delhi is like nowhere I’ve been before. The streets burst with people and noise and life. Clothes are brighter than elsewhere; the smells are stronger and deeper and ever changing. The food has more flavour. The soundscape – people shouting, car horns honking and the general background din – is completely unrelenting. It’s an onslaught to the senses. Traffic flows …

Risk assessment of new chemicals by EU is not transparent enough say ACES researchers

REACH is considered by many to be the best chemicals legislation in the world. But the high demands on the producers and importers are ineffective if the data they submit to the European Chemicals Agency is not being examined. In a new policy brief, researchers at ACES call for greater transparency and better control within REACH. The European chemicals legislation …

Antifouling paints used on leisure boats are sources of contaminants to the environment

The concentration of antifouling paints used on leisure boats exceeds safety values in both water, sediment and soil, shows a new PhD thesis from ACES. “My research shows that the use of antifouling paints pollutes the environment, not only when the boats are in the water but also when the hulls are subjected to maintenance activities on land. The results …

The Kolyma river in northeastern Siberia. Photo: Birgit Wild

Clues of carbon release from thawing permafrost found in Arctic rivers

Arctic rivers may hold vital clues to the accelerated release of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost, shows a new study by researchers from ACES published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. “Rivers transport carbon from different sources in their catchments, including carbon mobilized from thawing permafrost or collapsing peat, as well as carbon from …

Satsa på en akademisk utbildning som ger jobb – bli miljö- och hälsoskyddsinspektör!

Det finns en stor efterfrågan på utbildade miljö- och hälsoinspektörer ute bland kommunerna i Storstockholm. Anmälan till masterprogrammet i miljö- och hälsoskydd (MHS) stänger snart. Skicka in din ansökan redan idag för att inte missa chansen! “På ACES har vi spetskompetens inom allt från luft och miljökemi till miljögifter och ekotoxikologi. Den kompetens som saknas tar man hjälp av utifrån, …

Health risks of chemical cocktails underestimated shows new report

The cocktail of man-made chemicals that we are exposed to daily is a health risk which current regulations and risk assessment overlook. This is the conclusion of the EU Horizon 2020 EDC-MixRisk project that is now being presented.  We are exposed to a large number of man-made chemicals in our everyday life. This creates combinations of chemical mixtures, to which …

New solution-focused course for counteracting climate change

With the new, interdisciplinary course “Climate Change Solutions” that starts this autumn, Stockholm University aims to contribute solutions to the climate crisis. The course is open to students from all study areas at Stockholm University.  The course is run for the first time during the autumn term of 2019 and engages researchers and teachers from four faculties and ten departments …

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Vill du bli framtidens miljöproblemlösare? Bidra till en bättre värld – sök kandidatprogram i miljövetenskap vid Stockholms universitet

Allt vi människor gör har en inverkan på miljön. Vår ekologiska fotavtryck har förändrat planeten! Den globala uppvärmningen, vatten- och luftföroreningar, försurning av havsvatten och förlust av biologisk mångfald är bara några av de många miljöproblem som människor har orsakat. Att förstå och lösa dessa problem är avgörande för att utveckla hållbart. Miljövetenskap ger kunskapen och verktygen för att möta …

Bubbles found in sea spray generated in the lab. Photo: Matt Salter

Oceans are major sources of highly fluorinated chemicals into the air

Sea spray may be a major source of highly fluorinated chemicals to the atmosphere contradicting the view that oceans act only as sinks for these persistent pollutants, shows a new study by researchers from ACES published in the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts A group of highly fluorinated chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are found throughout the world’s …

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World-class education for tomorrow’s environmental scientists: Apply now for a Master’s programme in Environmental Science at ACES

Confronting environmental problems is the ultimate challenge for science and society. To meet the growing demand for highly qualified environmental scientists, ACES has launched two new Master’s programmes in Environmental Science, namely, MSc Environmental Science: Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry-Climate (ES-ABC), and MSc Environmental Science: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ES-ETC). “Our ambition is that the new Master’s programmes will equip our students with an …

Professor Derek Muir during his introductory lecture. Photo: Niklas Björling

Lecture on Arctic pollutants graced by royal visit

Canadian Scientist Dr. Derek Muir, the twenty third holder of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Guest Professorship in Environmental Science, gave his introductory lecture on March 13th, to an audience of distinguished guests including His Majesty the King of Sweden, and Canada’s ambassador to Sweden, Heather Grant. Professor Muir is among the world’s foremost environmental chemists. His work focuses on the …

Professor Ilona Riipinen is this year's recipient of the Sixten Heyman Prize 2019

Ilona Riipinen gets prestigious award for research on clouds and aerosols

ACES professor Ilona Riipinen, has been awarded the Sixten Heyman Prize 2019 for her research on atmospheric aerosol particles, which are air particles that affect our health. Each cubic centimeter of air contains thousands of different particles. Some are harmful but others are important for cloud formation and rain. Rain clears the air from the damaging particles. “Clouds and rain …

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