Wild food is an iconic, sometimes debated but also often enjoyed ecosystem service. Many people enjoy gathering wild plants, fruit or mushrooms, or like to go on a hunting trip. Even more people like to consume food from the wild. Over the past years, in many countries the attention for wild food has been increasing. “Celebrity cooks” use and promote the use of wild plants; cooking magazines feature more wild food in their recipes to more and more people go out and collect wild plants for consumption.
Frans Oosterhuis co-editor of book 'Paying the Polluter - Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform'06-05-14
The well-known ‘polluter pays’ principle is often turned upside down: many polluting companies and activities receive public money that discourages environmentally more benign alternatives. The book ‘Paying the Polluter’ addresses the issue and offers tools for reform strategies.
Harmen Verbruggen gets the decoration for his dedication to make the IVM widely known internationally, amongst others. The symposium has been organized to say farewell to Verbruggen as dean of the Faculty of Economics.
An article by Jeroen Aerts, Wouter Botzen, Hans de Moel and colleagues of partner institutions MIT, Princeton University and The Wharton School published in Science, presents a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of flood risk management strategies in New York City (NYC).
Research of Leslie and Vethaak on microplastics in waste mentioned in Wired and in Radio 1 broadcast05-19-14
The article in Wired on banning microplastic beads from scrubs refers to two scientific studies on microplastics in the North Sea. In the Radio 1 broadcast of May 18th, Leslie and Vethaak comment on the possible health risk of engineered nanoplastics.
De Boer gives expert opinion as reaction on the new WHO database figures. These figures reveal that 88 percent of the citizens of 1600 cities across 91 countries is surrounded with polluted air - not matching the WHO standards.
Jacob de Boer is invited as plenary speaker at the International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants in Madrid, 31 August until 5 September.
Frank Biermann, professor with the VU Institute for Environmental Studies, has been invited to give a plenary presentation in the United Nations General Assembly on 22 April in New York City. He is the only scientist invited as plenary speaker for a special dialogue session of the Assembly, marking "Mother Earth Day".
On April 4th, Chemical and Engineering News published the online article 'Scientists Uncover New Brominated Flame Retardant In Consumer Electronics', based on the article of Ballesteros-Gómez, De Boer and Leonards in Environmental Science and Technology.
From 19 to 21 March 650 scientists gathered at Humboldt University for the 2nd Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project. As chair of the Global Land Project Peter Verburg and his team at IVM, VU University Amsterdam, made a major contribution to the organization of the scientific programme.
Thursday 27th March Jeroen van den Bergh and Wouter Botzen publish an article in Nature Climate Change, which critically evaluates estimates of the social cost of carbon and proposes a lower bound to the real cost of CO2 emissions.
In the journal 'Appetite', De Boer, Schösler and Aiking publish on alternative strategies to reduce meat consumption03-27-14
In their article "Meatless days" or "less but better"? De Boer, Schösler and Aiking point out that the protein consumption in The Netherlands can easily be reduced with 30 percent, because we consume 60% more than we need. Doing so would benefit our health, environment, and future food security. Current meat production has negative effects on human health, animal welfare, and our natural environment.
Ecosystem services are the contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. The ecosystem services concept has gained interest in- and outside of science. However, the concept is also increasingly contested and encounters critique from different scientific disciplines and practitioners. For instance, the concept has been criticised for its supposed anthropocentric and economic focus or its conceptual vagueness.
IVM researchers Nicolien van der Grijp, Frans Oosterhuis, and Thijs Etty have contributed to the newly launched digital Handbook on EU Environmental Policy and the Netherlands, together with colleagues from the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and the Amsterdam Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability (ACELS; University of Amsterdam).
An article by Brenden Jongman, Philip Ward, Jeroen Aerts, Wouter Botzen and colleagues of partner institutions published online today in Nature Climate Change, investigates the financial risks posed by large-scale floods across the European Union.