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.
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 development08-18-14
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.
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.
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?".
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.