Combat climate change

Radboud University is committed to clean air and a healthy climate. Through scientific research we contribute to insight and solutions in the field of complex and cross-disciplinary climate issues.

Combat climate change

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its climate report. In it, the IPCC listed the scientific literature on the feasibility, impact and costs of a global temperature rise below one and a half degrees. Climate policy scientist Heleen de Coninck made an important contribution to the report.

Reducing emissions

If households worldwide switch to electric cars, it will in almost all cases reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. This is the case even when CO2 emissions from power plants remain at current levels. This is the conclusion of environmental researchers from Radboud University when calculating three scenarios for the next thirty years. Research into shopping behavior by Radboud environmental scientists also shows that having groceries delivered to your home by the supermarket is "cleaner" than doing your own shopping by car.

Methane-eating bacteria also like nitrogen

Methane-eating bacteria appear to be able to break down ammonium in addition to methane. Microbiologists from Radboud University have discovered this. Methane eaters are important for dampening greenhouse gases from volcanoes and other areas, but have not previously been associated with nitrogen emissions.

Generating electricity from wastewater

Anammox bacteria can be tricked into making electricity from wastewater by growing them on electrodes in the absence of nitrite. It is the last puzzle piece in a long scientific quest by Radboud microbiologist Mike Jetten for "impossible reactions".

Green IT

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