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Why projects to adapt to climate change backfire

Why projects to adapt to climate change backfire

A review led by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the University of Oxford has found that rather than reducing vulnerability to climate change, many internationally-funded adaptation projects reinforce, redistribute or create new sources of vulnerability in developing countries. 

NMBU professor Siri Eriksen among the ‘most cited ever’ in top environmental studies journal

NMBU professor Siri Eriksen among the ‘most cited ever’ in top environmental studies journal

The article features in the journal’s top 20 papers in the last 20 years.

Large-scale forest-based biofuels may significantly change the forest sector

Large-scale forest-based biofuels may significantly change the forest sector

There are enough biomass resources available to meet the Nordic demand for biofuels and bioheat. Increased production of biofuel will change the traditional forest sector, and the forest owners stand to gain.

Outdoor spaces and nature combat depression during COVID-19

Outdoor spaces and nature combat depression during COVID-19

New research verifies that governments should allow people to spend time outdoors to protect mental health in the event of new lockdown measures.

Peacebuilding starts with a seed

Peacebuilding starts with a seed

“It’s important that the Nobel Committee does not contribute to making food a security issue”, says NMBU researcher Ola Westengen about the World Food Program’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Scientists map and forecast apex predator populations at unprecedented scale

Scientists map and forecast apex predator populations at unprecedented scale

Findings will help wildlife managers track and predict the dynamics of large carnivore populations.

Fish on four wheels

Fish on four wheels

Will tomorrow’s fish feed grow on trees? 450 small fish in seawater tanks by the Oslo Fjord will hopefully bring us a little closer to the answer.

Gas-fuelled cooking can save lives

Gas-fuelled cooking can save lives

Switching from wood and charcoal-fuelled cooking to gas may save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase welfare in developing countries, says new Multiconsult/Noragric study.

Sustainable bioeconomy vital for freshwater resources

Sustainable bioeconomy vital for freshwater resources

If the bioeconomy with its utilisation of renewable land-based biomass does not develop in a sustainable way, the alterations of the rural landscape, in combination with expected climate change, will seriously affect our freshwater resources.

NMBU’s Professor emerita Brit Salbu knighted

NMBU’s Professor emerita Brit Salbu knighted

“The knighthood is a major recognition of Salbu’s fantastic effort in the service of science over several decades. Salbu’s research has been decisive in shaping better risk assessments tied to radioactive radiation and environmental toxins,” says NMBU Rector Sjur Baardsen.

Lake Detective: The hunt for the lakes of the past

Lake Detective: The hunt for the lakes of the past

Algae blooms in lakes are a common sight, especially in summer. An NMBU researcher is digging into the past to find out if climate change and human activities affect the occurrence of algae in lakes.

COVID19 and climate change resilience

COVID19 and climate change resilience

What do our responses to COVID-19 suggest about society’s ability to transform in the context of climate change? New study with NMBU's Department of Public Health Science.

Small microscope making a big difference

Small microscope making a big difference

With a small, foldable microscope, Sheri Bastien has managed to get children and young people in poor countries interested in how bacteria and viruses spread, and in recognising the importance of washing their hands. That can potentially save a lot of lives.

Urban paddling pools as sources of life

Urban paddling pools as sources of life

With small adjustments, landscape architects and developers can facilitate life and biodiversity in urban ponds. A small insect that has survived the dinosaurs is the key.

Taking architecture underwater

Taking architecture underwater

Lawns and parks on land – concrete and desert underwater. Elin T. Sørensen is doing a PhD on landscapes created by people under the surface of the sea. She is Norway’s first waterscape architect.

Major investment in innovation in agriculture in Malawi

Major investment in innovation in agriculture in Malawi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Church Aid, the Development Fund, NMBU and a number of Malawian partners have entered into an agreement to strengthen the agricultural sector in Malawi.

The coconut conundrum – not so eco-friendly after all

The coconut conundrum – not so eco-friendly after all

Coconut oil is often hailed as an environmentally friendly alternative to, for example, palm oil, but new research shows that it actually threatens more species than the controversial palm oil. How to choose environmentally friendly vegetable oils in a world full of disinformation?

Einar Lillebye is voted NMBU’s Best Lecturer

Einar Lillebye is voted NMBU’s Best Lecturer

Lillebye, a professor at the Faculty of Landscape and Society, won the prize for NMBU's Best Lecturer for the spring term 2020 on the basis of student nominations. Congratulations!

Advancing the adaptive capacity of Arctic communities

Advancing the adaptive capacity of Arctic communities

NMBU is part of an ambitious international effort to advance the capacity of Arctic communities to adapt to climate and biodiversity changes in a major new EU Horizon 2020 project.

NMBU-professor gives TED-talk about insects and their importance for our world

NMBU-professor gives TED-talk about insects and their importance for our world

Professor Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson's TEDx talk on insects and how important they are to the globe and human life is now on Youtube.

Elusive species: how to find animals that are rarely seen?

Elusive species: how to find animals that are rarely seen?

Knowledge is vital in order to preserve rare and endangered species. But how do you count that which is rarely seen? Researchers at NMBU have created a new method that gives better estimates of wildlife populations.

Scientists are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in Africa

Scientists are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in Africa

Due to the shortage of clean water and soap, weak healthcare systems and great poverty, many African countries are poorly equipped to deal with the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the continent.

Digital brains are key in understanding how the human brain works, and how it can be fixed when broken

Digital brains are key in understanding how the human brain works, and how it can be fixed when broken

Scientists simulate models of the human brain to understand how cell and system levels in the brain interact. In this way, they hope that we will understand brain disease better.

Information on Coronavirus to NMBU employees

Information on Coronavirus to NMBU employees

Updated 23.01.-21, 13:15. New information in italics.

We must still maintain infection prevention measures:

  • maintain distance
  • wash hands
  • stay at home if we are sick
Stressed tropical forests will soon be releasing more carbon than they absorb

Stressed tropical forests will soon be releasing more carbon than they absorb

Tropical forests have been considered an important buffer against anthropogenic climate change. Scientists have followed 300 000 trees in Africa and the Amazon for 30 years, and their results show that the ability of these forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is diminishing rapidly.

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