Newsletter No 3 Oktober 2011

Endocrine disruption in biota


cbThe endocrine (hormone) system - the complicated setup/net of glands, hormones and receptors being responsible for the development of gender characteristics, reproductive system, brain and nervous system, furthermore for the regulation of metabolic processes during entire life time - is vulnerable to environmental contamination.

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Sustainability and Quality of Life


epaSustainable behaviour will be better achieved when choices correspond with values and ideas about quality of life. In order to find examples of values and sustainable behaviour patterns with a relatively low impact on the environment, I studied four long-existing religious communities, to wit Amish, Hutterites, Benedictines and Franciscans. 

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Transition to Renewable Energy Sources in Africa


eeThe RENEW program is gaining momentum. Up to now, almost 150 MSc students followed in IVM’s Environment and Resource Management course the specialization on Sustainable Energy Analysis in which ample attention is paid to promoting renewable energy in Africa. Moreover, more than 15 case studies have been conducted in 6 developing countries. Several events have been organized in the context of energy and development. The next RENEW event will take place on 9 November at the VU University under the heading “New Realities in Energy and Development”.

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Climate research contributes to climate proofing


spaceClimate changes Spatial Planning, a research programme that closes its doors the end of this year. The programme ran for seven years and about 90 million euro was spent. Good questions to ask: What were the results? What did the research deliver? Does climate change influence spatial planning in the Netherlands already now? 

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