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The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change Background

11-28-16

The novel concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ has been proposed to denote the present epoch in planetary history, following up the earlier Holocene, as a new geological era now largely defined by the extent and direction of human activities with a profound global impact on the earth’s ecosystems. Mass extinction of living species, pollution of the oceans, and climate change are only some of the lasting distortions of planetary systems brought about by the human species. Importantly, the concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ now places humankind fully at the centre of planetary evolution, as the main driving force on planet earth – an idea that has at times been described as the ‘second Copernican revolution’. Junior Fellowship positions are open now. Please submit before 1 December 2016

Luke Brander in PLOS ONE on impact of coral reef damage

11-28-16

IVM’s research associate Luke Brander has contributed to an article in PLOS ONE (9 November 2016) dealing with the impact of rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere on coral reefs and on the people who depend on these reefs for their livelihoods.

IVM at COP22

11-24-16

Four IVM researchers attended the 22nd United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech (Morocco) , to do research, conduct interviews, to network and to participate in side-events.

New department Environment and Health

11-24-16

From 1 January 2017 onwards the section Chemistry and Biology will leave IVM and merge with the section Health and Life of Athena into a new department Environment and Health.

IVM organises international workshop on social capacity building for flood risk mitigation

11-17-16

On 10 November 2016, the IVM organised a workshop with its partners in the CAPFLO project. CAPFLO is a 2-year EU-funded research project addressing social capacity building for fluvial flood risk mitigation, focusing on participatory processes to build the capacity of communities.

NAV’s Best Paper Award 2016 goes to Corné van Dooren and Harry Aiking

11-08-16

With their multidisciplinary paper, Corné van Dooren (Dutch Nutrition Centre) and Harry Aiking (Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have been awarded the First Prize by the Dutch Academy of Nutrition Sciences (NAV).

Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability

10-12-16

Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science Kick-off meeting and 1st Management Committee meeting On Wednesday 28 September, the ‘kick-off’ meeting and the 1st Management Committee meeting of the COST Action ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science’ initiative took place in Brussels, Belgium.

James Patterson gives keynote at water-energy-food nexus symposium in Germany

09-15-16

James Patterson, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis recently gave a keynote presentation at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium in Osnabrück, Germany (15-16 June 2016).

Adaptation to climate risks: Political affiliation matters

08-05-16

A new study reveals that in the United States those who affiliate with the Democratic Party have different views than those who vote Republican on the following issues: the likelihood of floods occurring, adopting protection measures, and expectations of disaster relief from the government.

New global dataset supports the hundreds of millions of people threatened by sea-level rise

06-27-16

Extreme sea-levels - which can cause catastrophic floods - have been mapped with greater accuracy than ever before in a new study by Dutch researchers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Deltares), published today in Nature Communications.

Economic Implications of Shutting Down the Thermohaline Circulation

06-24-16

A new study finds positive economic effects of a slowdown in the thermohaline circulation.

Toon Haer and Sanne Muis both awarded with a Fulbright Research Grant

06-23-16

Toon Haer and Sanne Muis have both been awarded a Fulbright research grant to support their research visit to the United States. The grant was officially awarded on 15 June by Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, during the Fulbright Award Ceremony in The Hague.

Jeroen Aerts comments on large evacuation exercise in Marken

05-23-16

In the tv broadcast ‘Hallo Nederland’ Jeroen Aerts expressed the importance of evacuation exercises in cases of flooding, as was done for two days in Marken.

Dr Philip Ward awarded VIDI grant to examine the socioeconomic impacts of compound river and coastal floods

05-23-16

Dr Philip Ward has been awarded a prestigious VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to examine the socioeconomic impacts of compound river and coastal floods around the world.

Prof. C.J. Preston first VU Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene

05-12-16

The Dept of Environmental Policy Analysis, FALW Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), and the Dept of Beliefs and Practices, Faculty of Theology, proudly announce Prof. Christopher J. Preston, University of Montana, as the first VU Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Global Environmental Change for the academic year 2016/2017.

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