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Tax billions to the aviation industry

6 September, 2017 - Linnéuniversitetet

Studies dealing with subsidies in the aviation industry are few and far between. No one really knows how much money is forwarded to the global aviation industry, but the total is likely to amount to many billions of Euros each year. “For the first time ever, we present a conceptualisation of the different types of […]

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Measurements by school pupils paved way for key research findings

10 March, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

With their measurements and samples, nearly 3,500 schoolchildren have assisted a research study on lakes and global warming, now published in the journal Scientific Reports. The results show that water temperatures generally remain low despite the air becoming warmer. This helps to curb the emission of greenhouse gases.

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“Snus” users run greater risk of type 2 diabetes

6 February, 2017 - Karolinska Institutet

Consuming one or more pot of “snus” – Swedish snuff or dipping tobacco – per day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 per cent. This is the same risk increase as previously seen for smokers who smoke one packet of cigarettes a day. The study on the effects of snus was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and their colleagues at Umeå and Lund universities, and is published in The Journal of Internal Medicine.

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The secret of the supervolcano

25 January, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

Researchers have now found an explanation for what triggered the largest volcanic eruption witnessed by mankind. The volcano’s secret was revealed by geochemical clues hidden inside volcanic quartz crystals.

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Climate change altered the natural selection – large forehead patch no longer a winner

24 January, 2017 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have found evidence of that climate change upends selection of face characteristics in the collared flycatcher. During the study the annual fitness selection on forehead patch size switched from positive to negative, a reversal that is accounted for by rising spring temperatures at the breeding site.

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Soil organisms maintain high plant diversity

13 January, 2017 - SLU

Infertile shrublands in Australia host an exceptionally high number of plant species. How the species can coexist while competing for limiting resources has puzzled ecologists for decades. Researchers, including two from SLU, suggest that part of the answer for such high plant diversity could reside in the myriad of root-associated organisms that live in soils. The study is published in Science.

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Wide analysis of the Swedish forestry sector’s carbon balance will be a support towards the Climate Roadmap 2050

6 December, 2016 - Linnéuniversitetet

What is the role of the Swedish forestry to achieve the objectives of Sweden’s Climate Roadmap towards 2050? An extensive analysis based on the actions and policies described in the roadmap will answer this. The Formas research council supports Linnaeus University’s new project with SEK 3 million. The Swedish government has set a goal of […]

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Watching how plants make oxygen

21 November, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

In a new study, an international team of researchers made significant progress in visualizing the process how plants split water to produce oxygen. The results are published in Nature.

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Difficult to foresee how global warming will influence life in oceans and lakes based on existing research

16 November, 2016 - Linnéuniversitetet

There is no doubt that global warming is occurring and that air, surface, and water temperatures will continue to increase in the 21st century. But how reliable are current projections regarding consequences of future climate change for biodiversity? Climate change will impact on biodiversity, ecosystems, and the human societies that depend on them. This has […]