ETH News

17.07.2017 | News

Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations

If European countries cooperated better in the field of wind energy, wind power output would fluctuate less. This is the conclusion reached by a group of energy and climate researchers at ETH Zürich and Imperial College London, who for the first time have combined a long-term analysis of predominant weather patterns with Europe-wide wind electricity generation. Read more 

14.07.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Mountain forests don’t need humans – but we need them

Forests in the mountain regions of our planet are fragile ecosystems, suffering from the impact of climate change. However, to survive in the long-term, these ecosystems do not need human intervention. It is rather the humans in the mountain regions who depend on healthy forests and the protection they provide. Read more 

12.07.2017 | News

Obstacle course for caterpillars

Spines and thorns keep hungry mammals at bay – or at least, that's the conventional wisdom. However, ETH researchers have now shown that spiky growths on plants make life difficult for caterpillars too. This finding could be important for crop breeding. Read more 

07.07.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board appointed new professors at ETH Zurich as part of its meeting of 5/6 July 2017, in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

30.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Concurrent hot and dry summers more common in future

In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies to examine compound climate extremes. Read more 

06.06.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

Disruptive forces in the food system

Digitalisation is drastically changing the agro-food sector. Though this is not the first time that we face technological disruption, the speed and scale of change is greater than ever before. How can we move forward responsibly? Read more 

30.05.2017 | Press release | 1 Comment

Focus on microbial communities

A research project by ETH Zurich, MIT with other US universities will receive 15 million US dollars in funding from the New York-based Simons Foundation. Over the next five years, researchers will investigate how microbial communities are organised and function, with a focus on the oceans. Read more 

22.05.2017 | Zukunftsblog

A love for the common species

The key instrument in the protection of species – the red list– is a register of particularly rare species. The principle is that the rarer a species, the more urgent are the measures to prevent its extinction. However, this distracts from the fact that Nature should be rich in common species. Read more 

18.05.2017 | News

15 new professors

The ETH Board appointed 15 new professors upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

15.05.2017 | News

Understanding changes in extreme precipitation

An ETH study explores why the increase in extreme precipitation is not the same across every region. This paves the way toward improved regional climate projections. Read more 

04.05.2017 | Zukunftsblog

What's left of the warming pause

After two years of record-breaking temperatures, the global warming pause – and public interest along with it – has melted away. Scientists’ failure to engage with the media led to a fierce public debate about the end of climate change that now appears to have been a storm in a teacup. Read more 

21.04.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

More variety? Eat buckwheat!

What will it take to make our agroecosystems more diverse and secure? Take buckwheat, for example – an ancient grain-like plant with considerable potential. It's not related to cereals, yet produces storable seeds and can taste anything from deliciously tart to bitter. Read more 

18.04.2017 | News

Chaining up diarrhoea pathogens

Researchers have clarified how vaccinations can combat bacterial intestinal diseases: vaccine-induced antibodies in the intestine chain up pathogens as they grow in the intestine, which prevents disease and surprisingly also hinders the spread of antibiotic resistance. Read more 

12.04.2017 | Zukunftsblog

The cooling effect of agricultural irrigation

Previously, scientists have suggested that agricultural irrigation affects mean climate in several regions of the world. New evidence now shows that this cooling influence is even more pronounced when it comes to climate extremes. Read more 

07.04.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Climate research undermined

The about-face in US climate policy may amount to little more than a small step backward in fighting climate change, but it is a worrying attack on science itself. A report from the US. Read more 

20.03.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Searching for the origin of freshwater in the ocean

On the third and final stage of the Antarctic circumnavigation, the expedition travels to remote islands and through a conveyor belt of icebergs before reaching Cape Town, its port of destination. Alex Haumann talks about his impressions, the changing water cycle, and its important role for Earth’s climate system. Read more 

13.03.2017 | Zukunftsblog

More biological diversity in agriculture

From the wealth of agricultural biodiversity in Switzerland, only a few old fruit and vegetable types find their way to the major distributors. However, these old crops could help overcome the genetic bottleneck in farming. Read more 

10.03.2017 | News

New professors appointed

The ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella Read more 

04.03.2017 | Globe magazine

Let us out!

Smartphones, not identification keys; biodiversity, not species memorisation: Environmental scientists’ field trips are now a lot more practical. The fact that they can go on field trips at all comes down to the students’ own persistence. Read more 

26.02.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 3 Comments

An ordinary day on an extraordinary expedition

Good weather and lack of pack ice allow Akademik Treshnikov to travel to Mount Siple on the Ross Sea Coast before completing the second stage of the expedition. Iris Thurnherr reports on daily routines and exceptional situations during her fourteen-week stay on the research vessel. Read more 

21.02.2017 | News

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. Read more 

15.02.2017 | News

Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit where the seeds are distributed by birds, as ETH scientists have shown in a rainforest in India. Read more 

19.01.2017 | Zukunftsblog

High winds on Île de la Possession

On their expedition around the Antarctic, Iris Thurnherr and Pascal Graf visit various subantarctic islands in the Southern Ocean that host unique ecosystems. The researchers are collecting samples in order to learn more about the water cycle. Read more 

04.01.2017 | News

Pigeon peas improve soil fertility

By planting pigeon peas alongside maize, African farmers can improve the soil and their own nutritional intake. This was the conclusion of a field trial in Malawi by Gina Garland, an ETH doctoral student. Read more 

03.01.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Finding Antarctica in our backyard

Antarctica has a new marine reserve, while here in Switzerland voters recently missed the chance to create Parc Adula. While we protect whales we’ll never see, let us not forget the animals and plants in our own unnaturally still woods and fields. Read more 

22.12.2016 | News

Global warming disrupts fish stocks

The global catch of fish would largely benefit from achieving the 1.5°C global warming target. This is the conclusion of the study recently published by climate researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of British Columbia in the journal Science . Read more 

21.12.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 5 Comments

No flying for a year

Scientists fought energetically to set climate goals, and now they must act. And this is where flying is an ideal test opportunity: public awareness already exists, technical solutions are unlikely, and giving up flying requires innovation from the scientific community. Read more 

16.12.2016 | News

Battlefield of the sexes

How the differences between the sexes evolve depends not only on which parts of the genome are sex-specifically active. The question also arises concerning the sex in which such changes take place. ETH researchers demonstrate this using a closely related pair of plants. Read more 

12.12.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Finding our sea legs on the Southern Ocean

A research team from ETH Zurich is taking part in an expedition around the Antarctic. Its aim: to investigate the Southern Ocean’s water cycle. On board are Iris Thurnherr and Pascal Graf, who will be reporting on their experiences. Read more 

09.12.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual. Read more 

09.12.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 3 Comments

The benefits of plant breeding

In the midst of today’s organic food boom and romantic glorification of nature, plant breeding is in a difficult position: one often forgets that we as humans owe our very survival to the supply of food. Almost nothing that we eat today was originally found in the natural world. Read more 

24.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Nature conservation as landscape architecture

Conservationists must learn to design the ecological landscape of tomorrow instead of mourning lost nature. Landscape architecture can serve as a model for this. Read more 

18.11.2016 | News

Anchors aweigh and off to the Antarctic!

The research ship Akademik Treshnikov is due to set sail for Cape Town tomorrow, transporting researchers and equipment for a major Antarctic circumnavigation expedition. ETH Zurich is also on board. Read more 

17.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

A Call to Environmental Action

In the aftermath of the US election, and the consequent precariousness of the Paris climate agreement, it seems particularly apposite to revisit Dürer’s vision – a little more than 500 years since its creation and with a new layer of contemporary interpretation. Read more 

08.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog

In the beginning was the prediction

It often seems that climate phenomena occur unexpectedly and are explained only retrospectively. However, the relationship between rising CO2 concentration and an increase in heavy precipitation has been predicted decades ago, but not confirmed by robust observational evidence until recently. Read more 

02.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

Where are the facts?

The fur is flying in the US presidential campaign, and facts are getting “trumpled” underfoot. A report on the mood in the US – and an appeal for fact-based, solution-oriented public discourse: the only true foundation for our opinions as members of a knowledge society. Read more 

31.10.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Cadmium, cocoa beans and chocolate

Cocoa from Latin America tends to show higher cadmium levels than cocoa from other growing areas. ETH researchers have been investigating the underlying cause in Honduras and Bolivia. Read more 

28.10.2016 | Zukunftsblog

How climate change may (in)directly affect us

Climate risks in distant countries affect us too: in a globalised world, if China’s breadbasket falls victim to drought, Switzerland may also feel the consequences via the supply chain. Adapting to climate change isn’t just the local issue it’s generally thought to be. Read more 

19.10.2016 | News

“Collaboration has never been as close as it is today”

This week, the Swiss National Computing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano celebrates its 25th anniversary. Christoph Schär, ETH professor with the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, was there from the very start. In the following interview, he describes how supercomputers have developed over this period. Read more 

04.10.2016 | News

ETH students tackle waste problems

An unusual study project with tangible benefits: ETH students work on solutions to the urgent waste problem on the island nation of the Seychelles, along with their counterparts from the University of Seychelles and representatives from the local authorities and government. Read more 

01.10.2016 | Zukunftsblog

On animal welfare, a green economy and climate change

In terms of direct democracy, the US state of Massachusetts is similar to Switzerland. A recent statewide initiative dealing with animal welfare and sales regulation provides an interesting parallel to the past Swiss initiative for a green economy, and Swiss climate policy more generally. Read more 

30.09.2016 | News

Nine professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella, at its meeting of 28/29 September 2016 the ETH Board appointed nine professors and took note of the resignation of 3 professors and thanked them for their services. Read more 

23.09.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Lethal night-storms over Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria in East Africa is known to be stormy at night, with thousands of fishermen dying each year. New evidence suggests that the lake will become a real hotspot for hazardous thunderstorms in the future due to climate change. But improved storm warnings could be on the way. Read more 

23.09.2016 | Press release

Shining brightly on the European stage

Six young scientists from ETH Zurich are to receive ERC Starting Grants. The European Research Council offers these grants to support talented young researchers as they embark on their academic careers. The selected projects come from several different ETH research areas. Read more 

16.09.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

Heatwaves in the ocean – a risk to ecosystems?

Marine ecosystems are responsible for about half of global annual primary production and more than one billion people rely on fish as their primary protein source. Latest studies show that enormous warm water bubbles in the ocean are having a noticeable impact on ecosystems. How should we interpret these changes? Read more 

16.09.2016 | News

A litmus test of fairness

For example, lay people think that the sickest patients and those on waiting lists should be treated first, while ethicists – and to some degree medical professionals – tend to have a different set of priorities. This is the conclusion of a study by ETH researchers investigating the principles that apply to the fair allocation of scarce medical resources. Read more 

05.09.2016 | News

New simulations of wind power generation

ETH researcher Stefan Pfenninger and his colleague Iain Staffell from Imperial College London have developed new multi-decade simulations of wind power production in Europe. In doing so, they have uncovered significant distortions in the data used in the past, and have produced fresh simulations of wind power output with country-specific corrections. Read more 

02.09.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Rekord-Dürre im Sommer 2015 in Mitteleuropa

Während das Wetter in der Schweiz in diesem Sommer eher durch heftige Unwetter von sich reden macht, war der Sommer letzten Jahres von einer markanten Dürre geprägt. Das schleichend wachsende Niederschlagsdefizit brachte der Schweiz 2015 beinahe mediterranes Klima, aber auch wirtschaftliche Schäden. Read more 

31.08.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Freshening of the Southern Ocean

Over the past decades, the northward drift of sea ice surrounding Antarctica has strengthened. This not only has increased the extent of the sea ice, but also has freshened the sea water around the sea-ice edge — with as yet indeterminate consequences for the global climate system and Antarctica’s ecosystem. Read more 

25.08.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

The delicate balancing act of research funding

Many people see privately funded research as a threat to academic independence, but this is an incomplete view. Experts with close connections to politics and business are a logical consequence of a knowledge-based society. It is time for a fundamental debate on responsible research partnerships. Read more 

15.07.2016 | News

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual. Read more 

12.07.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Mehr Akzeptanz für Stromleitungen

Die Schweiz muss ihr Stromnetz für die Energiezukunft modernisieren, doch Ausbauprojekte stossen auf Widerstand und verzögern sich. Es gibt aber Möglichkeiten, die Akzeptanz der Bevölkerung für neue Übertragungsleitungen zu erhöhen. Read more 

05.07.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Blanching in the light of a breakup

Coral reefs are vibrant partnerships of corals, microalgae, and bacteria. Apply a little heat, and this community breaks down as the symbiotic algae leave, turning corals pale. On a political level, the Brexit is teaching us the value of partnerships, but the UK’s experience is but a small ripple as compared to that of the world’s coral reefs. Read more 

27.06.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Eye in the sky to monitor crops

Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have recently celebrated a world first at the ETH Zurich’s research station in Lindau-Eschikon: the launch of the ETH Field Phenotyping Platform (FIP), a unique crop phenotyping system. This gives researchers an incredibly accurate tool for measuring and monitoring the health and performance of field crops. Read more 

09.06.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Fleisch essen oder nicht?

Wer bewusst konsumiert, ist fast täglich mit der Frage konfrontiert, ob tierische Lebensmittel auf unseren Menüplan gehören oder nicht. Eine Orientierungshilfe könnte sein, wie nachhaltig produziert wird. Allein, was eine nachhaltige Tierproduktion bedeutet, ist in der Forschung umstritten. Read more 

27.05.2016 | News

18 professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed 18 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

06.05.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Continental drift created biologically diverse coral reefs

An international research team has studied the geographical pattern of the evolution of corals and reef fish. Their findings show that today's geographical distribution of tropical marine diversity is the result of 100 million years of Earth history and the continental drifts that shifted the position of shallow reef habitats. Read more 

26.04.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

On the Sea Coconut and vanishing habitats

The Seychelles archipelago in the western Indian Ocean is home to the Coco de Mer, a legendary palm tree that grows the biggest seeds in the world. These have been highly prized for centuries and still are popular tourist souvenirs today. But can the Coco de Mer flourish in the face of adversity? Read more 

25.04.2016 | News

The United States absorbed carbon dioxide despite a drought

Researchers have shown that the warm spring of 2012 in the US caused plants to absorb more carbon, thereby compensating for reductions during the subsequent summer drought. Read more 

09.04.2016 | Zukunftsblog

A model for digital agriculture

The industrialisation of agriculture began some 100 years ago; today we are witnessing its digitalisation. But the wave of Big Data may sweep farmers off their land unless they prepare their fields and mark out a course in good time. Only then can digital agriculture address the right questions. Read more 

31.03.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Storytelling about climate change at the “Klimagarten 2085”

Climate change has been communicated as a global concern affecting all of mankind; but this message doesn’t seem to be getting through. If indeed the human brain responds better to experience than to analysis, then climate change must be told as a local and personal story – just as the Klimagarten 2085 exhibition is doing. Read more 

11.03.2016 | News

Ten professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed ten professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

08.03.2016 | News

Collective memory in bacteria

Individual bacterial cells have short memories. But groups of bacteria can develop a collective memory that can increase their tolerance to stress. This has been demonstrated experimentally for the first time in a study by Eawag and ETH Zurich scientists published in PNAS. Read more 

11.02.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Nachrüsten gegen Mikroschadstoffe

Rund hundert grosse Kläranlagen in der Schweiz werden mit einer zusätzlichen Reinigungsstufe ausgerüstet, um die Belastung der Gewässer mit Mikroschadstoffen um 50 Prozent zu verringern. Seit 1. Januar 2016 regelt die neue Gewässerschutzverordnung den Aufbau und die Finanzierung dieser modernen Umwelttechnologie. Read more 

09.02.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 4 Comments

A year without flying

It’s a conflict we all know, but it weighs particularly heavily on environmental scientists: air travel allows researchers to take part in international projects to discuss problems face-to-face, but it’s also damaging our climate and our environment. It’s a classic dilemma, and solving it will take creativity and a little sacrifice. A personal experiment. Read more 

22.01.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 3 Comments

Is reducing energy consumption important for climate change?

It is natural to think that reducing our energy consumption is good for the climate. We can ride a bicycle instead of driving a car. And if we drive a car, we can drive a smaller, more fuel-efficient car. These things certainly help reduce urban noise, congestion, and air pollution. But do they really help to solve climate change? Read more 

21.01.2016 | News

How two degrees may turn into four

The world has decided to adopt measures to prevent average global warming from exceeding the two-degree mark. But what does this mean for temperature and the distribution of heavy precipitation on a regional level? Climate researchers have now calculated this. Read more 

19.01.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Bacchus brightens up atmospheric aerosols

Although Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, has lent his name to an ongoing research project on the interactions between aerosols, clouds and climate, he seems not to have clouded the scientists’ capacity for analytical thought: After two years of research, the BACCHUS project team has now issued its mid-term summary for policy makers. Read more 

14.01.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Beekeeping to prevent the pollination problem?

Wild bees pollinate our crops, and in doing so produce much of the food on which the world depends. But the destruction of their natural habitats, mostly due to agricultural spread and intensification, means we are losing these valuable insects. Promoting beekeeping to compensate for the loss of wild pollinators is not a straight forward solution, however. Read more 

04.01.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Quo grabis? – Working perspectives in soil science

2015 will be remembered as the International Year of Soils. But where is soil science going and how can young graduates gain a foothold in it? An evening of discussions goes beyond technical aspects and shows that many careers are open to young professionals – in academic and applied fields. Read more 

22.12.2015 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

Insekten-Schmaus statt Rollschinkli?

Die Feiertage rücken näher und bescheren vielen eine reich gedeckte Tafel. Traditionell hoch im Kurs stehen Fondue Chinoise und Rollschinkli. Niemand käme hierzulande auf die Idee, Larven, Käfer oder Zikaden zu servieren. In anderen Kulturen gelten Insekten aber als Delikatessen. Warum auch wir sie als Nahrungsquelle in Betracht ziehen sollten. Read more 

15.12.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Oil Palm: Beyond Controversy

“It’s complicated…”, or at least “it’s more complicated than you think“. Our opinion on issues, from the futile to the most pressing, tends to be based on an illusion of understanding [1]. We think we know, and this entitles us to take action. But it’s actually more complicated than you think. Read more 

08.12.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Unclear climate targets

Among the general public, the two degree target is perceived to be a universally agreed limit that scientists regard as a safe level that avoids dangerous climate change. This is an erroneous perception. The two degree target is less clearly defined than generally assumed, and it is even less clear how we will meet it. Read more 

05.12.2015 | Globe magazine

A rocket boost for master’s degree students

The Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme offers support to the best incoming master’s degree students. Globe meets three talented individuals at various stages of their journeys and gives an insight into what the programme means for them. Read more 

23.10.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Potato harvest reduced by half

On the way from field to fork, more than half of the potato harvest is lost. This is according to a new study conducted by researchers from Agroscope and ETH Zurich. Read more 

02.10.2015 | News

Trade in invasive plants is blossoming

Every day, hundreds of different plant species – many of them listed as invasive – are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological invasions. Read more 

19.09.2015 | Globe magazine

Resources, politics and fairness

FOEN director Bruno Oberle, environmental engineer Stefanie Hellweg and economist Lucas Bretschger discuss ways to make resource consumption more ecofriendly, both in Switzerland and around the world. Read more 

17.09.2015 | News

Novel competitors affect species' responses to climate change

As the climate warms, many plants face an uphill struggle for survival. A new ETH Zurich study indicates that this is particularly true wherever they face increased competition from plants that have migrated to their habitat due to climatic changes. Read more 

14.09.2015 | News | 3 Comments

The journey is the reward

A lot of practice and a different approach to theory were on show during the first ETH Week. Over the course of the week, about 130 students from 15 departments developed proposals for a sustainable food system. The event forms part of the Critical Thinking initiative, in which ETH Zurich promotes creative and inter-disciplinary thought. Read more 

10.09.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Revived oceanic CO2 uptake

A decade ago scientists feared that the ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb additional atmospheric CO2 would soon be stalled. But the analysis of more recent observations show that this carbon sink reinvigorated during the past decade. Read more 

21.07.2015 | News

Making Europe sweat

Stable high-pressure systems can lead to summer heatwaves – such as the one Europe is currently experiencing. The phenomenon is caused by the blocking of low pressure areas. ETH meteorologists are now shedding new light on the formation of blocking patterns. Read more 

10.07.2015 | News

6 professors at ETH Zurich appointed

At its meeting of 8/9 July 2015, the ETH Board appointed six professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

26.06.2015 | News

Tried, trusted – and up to date

In their fourth semester, students on the ETH Bachelor in Environmental Sciences course discover the joys of integrated practicals – a cornerstone of the programme ever since the Department of Environmental Systems Science was founded. Read more 

25.06.2015 | News

Research priorities for a sustainable food system

Among the great research challenges for the future will be the efficient use of resources and the provision of healthy and safe food. Further details are given in a new study carried out by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich commissioned by the Federal Office for Agriculture. An interview with ETH professor Nina Buchmann, chair of the World Food System Center and co-author of the report. Read more 

10.06.2015 | News

The winner doesn’t always take all

Theoretically predicted and now demonstrated experimentally for the first time using soil bacteria: weaker organisms can prevail against stronger ones – if they are superior in number. This acts as a driving mechanism in the maintenance of genetic diversity. Read more 

09.06.2015 | News

The Agrovet-Strickhof construction project is underway

The building permit has been issued: ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the Canton of Zurich have permission to build the Agrovet-Strickhof, a jointly operated agricultural education and research centre in Eschikon Lindau. Research director Carla Soliva and IT director Hans-Rudolf Wettstein are here to share their thoughts on the planned buildings and the opportunities for livestock research.   Read more 

22.05.2015 | Press release

Future Cities Laboratory to continue

Singapore’s National Research Foundation has awarded funding to the Singapore-ETH Centre for a second five-year phase of the Future Cities Laboratory. The second phase commences in September 2015 and addresses the challenges of sustainable urban development. Read more 

21.05.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Zukunftsfähigkeit braucht Zeit

Slow Food, Slow Mobility, und passend zum Frühling Slow Gardening. Entschleunigung ist im Trend. Mehr bewusste Langsamkeit fordert auch Slow Science: Die Forschung sei zu hastig, einseitig und kompetitiv geworden. Dabei braucht gerade die Nachhaltigkeit viel Zeit. Read more 

19.05.2015 | Zukunftsblog

For the Love of Trees

Since the dawn of human civilization, trees and forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. And humans often have a strong sense of connection with trees – we display an affection and tenderness for them. But the history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation. Read more 

12.05.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Achtung Hochwasser

Höhere Dämme allein schützen nicht vor Fluten. Die Wasserbauer im Alpenraum erfinden gegenwärtig den Hochwasserschutz neu: Sie verbreitern den Raum für die Fliessgewässer, bauen versiegelte Flächen um und programmieren Computermodelle für bessere Hochwasserprognosen. Read more 

08.05.2015 | News

Reconciling two careers

When researchers from abroad move to ETH Zurich, their partners often try to find a new job in Switzerland as well. In order to be able to help them more with their job search, ETH Zurich has recently joined the International Dual Career Network (IDCN). Read more 

28.04.2015 | Zukunftsblog

More than half of hot extremes due to climate change

Torrential rains and blazing heat have been mentioned even in the oldest manuscripts and have always been part of the climate. A substantial proportion of today’s extreme high-temperature and heavy rainfall events, however, can be attributed to the observed warming. Read more 

27.04.2015 | News

Bumblebee genome mapped

A research collaboration spearheaded by ETH Zurich has shed light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and honeybees. Read more 

23.04.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Gegen Verschwendung: Einfach alles aufessen?

In Sachen Essen wäre in Industrieländern weniger oft mehr: Übergewicht und ungesunde Ernährung machen viele Menschen krank. Macht es da Sinn, die heute verschwendeten Nahrungsmittel auch noch zu essen? Oder müssen wir den Hebel gegen die Verschwendung anderswo ansetzen? Read more 

21.04.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Good news and bad news for oil palm smallholders

Over the last year, palm oil prices have dropped drastically. Has oil palm turned from blessing to curse for small-scale farmers? Depending on the region, this development may hold some opportunities for smallholders. Read more 

31.03.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Celebrating soils

While the significance of healthy soils for all life on earth, including human life, is becoming more apparent, we remain minimally committed to their conservation. It is time to use our advances in soil knowledge to manage our soils more sustainably. Read more 

26.03.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Of pastures and oil palm

Using pasture lands to develop oil palm cultivation can create a competitive advantage to producers in South America while sparing natural ecosystems, but it will require improvements in the ranching sector to avoid negative indirect effects. Read more 

20.03.2015 | News

Biodiversity mechanisms critically examined

The biologist Dörte Bachmann receives the Hans Vontobel Award 2015. In her doctoral thesis, Bachmann examined why biomass production of diverse grassland is larger than that of less diverse grassland. The findings captured people's attention. Read more 

09.03.2015 | News

Evolutionary dead-end as a success model

The coco-de-mer, or the double coconut palm of the Seychelles, grows the largest and heaviest seeds in the entire plant kingdom. Ecologists working with ETH Professor Peter Edwards explain how these plants are able to achieve this feat despite low nutrient levels. Read more 

05.03.2015 | News

How rain is dependent on soil moisture

It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at ETH Zurich following an analysis of worldwide data. Their study contributes to a better understanding of soil moisture, a little explored climatic factor. Read more 

 
 
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