Ecology, The Environment and Conservation

This complex theme deals primarily with interactions between organisms and the environmental factors that impact them, but to a greater extent between individual inanimate environmental factors.

innovations-report offers informative reports and articles on topics such as climate protection, landscape conservation, ecological systems, wildlife and nature parks and ecosystem efficiency and balance.

Overcoming a bottleneck in carbon dioxide conversion

Study reveals why some attempts to convert the greenhouse gas into fuel have failed, and offers possible solutions. If researchers could find a way to chemically convert carbon dioxide into…

Current marsh pollution has …

… dramatic, negative effects on sea anemone’s survival. Stationary marine organisms that don’t ply the ocean, but spend their lives rooted in one spot, have evolved impressive ways to capture…

Confirmed: If sewage sludge is applied to fields, microplastics can …

… get into deeper soil layers and onto adjacent areas. The fact that sewage sludge from municipal waste water treatment plants contains a high proportion of microplastics has already been…

Ecological coating for Bananas

Empa and Lidl Switzerland have jointly developed a cellulose protective coating for fruit and vegetables. The novel coating is made from so-called pomace – squeezed fruit and vegetable peels. The…

Dishwasher components made from recycled plastic

Detergent bottles are frequently manufactured using recycled plastic; however, as far as higher value-added applications are concerned, these recyclates have yet to be deployed on a large scale. Researchers at…

Real-time, interactive monitoring of forest health

European forest condition monitor… The increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions due to climate change poses a threat to forests worldwide. Droughts, late frosts, water-logged soils after floods, heavy precipitation…

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…

Seagrass is not a miracle solution against climate change

New study shows: Tropical seagrass meadows absorb in some cases significantly less carbon dioxide than long thought. To avert the worst consequences of climate change, humanity needs to considerably reduce…

Let tropical forests grow again

Tropical forests are vanishing at an alarming rate through deforestation, but also have the potential to regrow naturally on abandoned lands. A study published this week in Science shows that…

Secondary raw materials to save resources and CO2

IN4climate.NRW develops solutions for a circular economy. The circular economy – or closed-loop recycling of raw materials – can contribute significantly to defossilisation and achieving the goals of the Paris…

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