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April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014On Saturday, 17 May 2014, a celebration open to the public will be held along the revitalised Chriesbach on the Eawag premises in Dübendorf.

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March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014Southern Switzerland emerges as a hotspot of the effects of climate change. The bark beetle is putting spruces all over Switzerland under increasing pressure and groundwater temperatures are raising.

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January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014According to the proverb, constant dripping wears away the stone, but this is not the whole story: in limestone, a significant role in the formation of fissures and caves appears to be played by microorganisms.

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January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014The question how rapidly animals, plants or microorganisms can colonize new territories is not only of interest to ecologists – the spread of invasive species can also have economic consequences, e.g. in the agricultural sector.

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January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014Natural wetlands are well-known for their large share in global methane emissions via biological processes but until now it has not been investigated if wetlands could also be important emitters of trace elements.

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December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013In the course of the last few decades, the oxygen concentration levels in aquifers in the Swiss Plateau have dropped irregularly.

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September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013Over the past 2,500 years, flooding in the Alps has been less frequent during warm summers than during cool summers. This is the finding of a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and carried out by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), the WSL, the University of Bern and the ETH Zurich..

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September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013The 6.5 million inhabitants of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, are facing a growing threat: as more and more water is pumped from a deep – previously uncontaminated – aquifer, arsenic‑laden water from shallow sediments is advancing towards the city’s wells..

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August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013Arsenic-laden groundwater used for cooking and drinking could pose a risk to the health of almost 20 million people across China.

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July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013Researchers at Cornell University (United States) and Eawag (Switzerland) discovered a general and flexible method to understand how insects may use non-native plants in their diet. The method could accurately predict the use of >400 non-native plants as larval hostplants by 900 different herbivorous butterfly and moth species native to Europe.

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