IVM researchers Philip Ward and Brenden Jongman publish in PNAS on the influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on flood risk around the world


The economic and societal impacts of river flooding are strongly influenced by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon in many regions across the globe, according to a study led by Philip Ward of Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM).

Successful Land Use Modelling Capacity Building Workshop in the Greater Mekong Region


This workshop launched a new activity aiming to strengthen land-use modeling capacity in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS), targeting government planners and academic institutions.

Harro van Asselt (IVM-VU) wins SENSE PhD Award 2014


During the SENSE Summer Academy on 1 October, the 2014 SENSE PhD Award was presented to Dr Harro van Asselt for his thesis: "The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance: Consequences and Management of Regime Interactions".

Plastic ingredients in cosmetics


A new IVM Report contributes scientific information to the ongoing societal and political debates about microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products.

Microplastics in honey


IVM researchers Heather Leslie, Therese Carlsson and Dick Vethaak cooperated in a broadcast of the Dutch programme Keuringsdienst van Waarde on microplastics in honey bought in Dutch supermarkets.

Aerts and Botzen publish in Nature Climate Change on flexible adaptation pathways in New York City


City-level policies have often been unable to limit natural disaster losses. Research on New York City now shows progress in devising flexible adaptation policies that accept uncertainty about future climate-related risks and work around it.

Pattberg and Widerberg publish report on effectiveness of public-private partnerships for sustainable development


The International Civil Society Centre contributes to the preparations for one specific aspect of the Charter of the Future of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development: Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships. In this context, the Centre has commissioned the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) to write a study on success conditions for public private partnerships for sustainable development.

Strong increase of Chemosphere impact factor


The new impact factor of Chemosphere (editor-in-chief Prof. Jacob de Boer) is 3.499, which is substantially higher than the 3.137 of previous year. The new impact factor confirms the status of Chemosphere as one of the most important journals in the world on environmental chemistry. The number of citations has risen from 39087 to 43635 per year while the number of submission also grew to 4200 per year.

Ana Ballesteros has been awarded a prestigious VENI award from NWO


She was awarded 250.000 Euro for three years research on exposure assessment in indoor environment, for her proposal entitled "Safety behind doors? Fast screening of potentially toxic chemicals for assuring healthy homes". With this research Ana wants to answer the question "Do we live in healthy homes?".

New maps reveal large variation in the use of ‘wild food’ across Europe


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'


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.

Former IVM director professor Verbruggen receives royal honour at symposium


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.

Aerts, Botzen and de Moel publish in Science about flood risk management in New York City


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 broadcast


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.

Interview with Jacob de Boer on air pollution in world's cities on Radio 1


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.

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