Robert Van Riel

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Groningse aardbeving nagebootst in laboratorium Japan

De NAM bootst begin mei in een laboratorium in Japan een "Groningse aardbeving" na. In de test-opstelling wordt gesteente gebruikt met dezelfde …

Scientists unveil new tool in fight against US coastline erosion – video report

Scientists working on solutions to fight the decades of erosion suffered by Louisiana's coastline have unveiled a new tool: an enormous replica of the Mississippi river. The model will help scientists devise a state plan that will involve diverting nutrient-rich river water into marshes and …

Coastlines

Gentrify or die? Inside a university's controversial plan for Baltimore

Three years after the death of Freddie Gray, the renowned Johns Hopkins medical school is transforming a vast 88-acre section of Baltimore out of what it calls ‘enlightened self-interest’. Will it work – and is it right?<p>The minivan is passing through a scene that typifies urban decay, …

Urbanism

Australia doesn’t exist! And other bizarre geographic conspiracies that won’t go away

A theory denying the existence of the country is gaining ground. But the suggestion that countries and cities are mere figments of our imagination is a meme that dates back to the birth of the web<p>Australia doesn’t exist. The signs were there the whole time: in what country is the only thing more …

Conspiracies

Rome wasn’t built in a day but these days it feels as if it may collapse in one

Blame the rain, the government or just geology, but extreme weather events are on the rise in Italy<p>So far this year, Rome has suffered an astonishing 44 sinkholes. Every two or three days, a new crater appears in the Italian capital’s asphalt. They’re normally the size of a small room, a few metres …

Italy

Japanse vondst van bijzonder metaal vooral geopolitiek handig

"Vrijwel onuitputtelijk", noemen Japanse onderzoekers de vondst van een stel bijzondere metalen in de modder rond het eiland Minamitorishima. Het …

'Vrijwel onuitputtelijke voorraad bijzondere metalen bij Japans atol'

Japanse onderzoekers hebben in de zeebodem rond een atol in de Stille Oceaan een vrijwel onuitputtelijke hoeveelheid bijzondere en waardevolle …

Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show

Warm current that has historically caused dramatic changes in climate is experiencing an unprecedented slowdown and may be less stable than thought - with potentially severe consequences<p>The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in the past is now at its weakest in …

Global Warming

UK could create 5,000 jobs by moving to sustainable fishing, says report

Sustainable catch limits on key species after Brexit would also boost the economy by more than £300m a year as stocks recover, analysis shows<p>Moving to sustainable catches of the most important species of fish would generate 5,000 new jobs and add more than £300m a year to the economy, after the UK …

United Kingdom

Drug waste clogs rivers around the world, scientists say

Large numbers of pharmaceuticals found at levels dangerous for wildlife and the environment<p>River systems around the world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drugs waste which harms the environment, researchers have found.<p>If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence …

Pollution

Foto's van 500 kilometer Nederlandse kust, die best eens chagrijnig kan zijn

Op het strand van Zandvoort schoot hij deze foto Bert Spiertz<p>Maar eerlijk is eerlijk: Spiertz is trots op elke foto die in het boek staat. Hij maakte …

Teringherrie

Scheuren in Kenia: breekt de Hoorn van Afrika van Afrika af?

Breekt de Hoorn van Afrika langzaam van Afrika af?<p>De meest gehoorde theorie: er breekt een stuk van Afrika af. De scheur is gevormd in de <i>Rift Valley</i>, …

Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming

Scholars from developing countries call for greater say in solar geoengineering research, arguing poor nations have most at stake<p>It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: the creation, using balloons or jets, of a manmade atmospheric sunshade to shield the most vulnerable countries in the global …

Climate Change

'The wars will never stop' - millions flee bloodshed as Congo falls apart

Starving and sick, people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo are caught in a bloody cycle of violence and political turmoil<p>Justin Kapitu is dying. He does not know it yet, and the doctors treating the 22-year-old rebel fighter are unlikely to tell him soon, but his chances of surviving more …

Africa

When nature says 'Enough!': the river that appeared overnight in Argentina

A new watercourse is playing havoc with farmland and roads and even threatening a city – but also highlights the potential cost of the country’s dependence on soya beans<p>This story is published with the support of The European Forest Institute, an international organization that conducts research …

Farmhouses

China 'environment census' reveals 50% rise in pollution sources

Ministry says country has 9m sources of pollution, with factories breaking emissions rules the big problem<p>China’s environment ministry has said the number of sources of pollution in the country has increased by more than half in less than a decade.<p>Releasing preliminary results of an ongoing …

Pollution

Hoe Wiebes tot historisch besluit kwam om gaskraan dicht te draaien

Het Staatstoezicht op de Mijnen (SodM) rapporteerde enkele maanden later aan minister Kamp en de Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) dat de …

Van het gas af? Minister Wiebes rekent uit hoe

Het kabinet wil de gaskraan in Groningen helemaal dichtdraaien. Eerst naar tussen de vier en de zeven kubieke meter gas in 2023 en op termijn naar …

Vanishing Glaciers by Project Pressure - in pictures

Project Pressure is a charity that has been working with renowned artists in a pioneering project to document the world’s vanishing glaciers. This week it brought its touring photographic exhibition to the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong, where visitors can experience the different …

Paragliding

'Extreme' fossil fuel investments have surged under Donald Trump, report reveals

Bank holdings in “extreme” fossil fuels skyrocketed globally to $115bn during Donald Trump’s first year as US president, with holdings in tar sands oil more than doubling, a new report has found.<p>A sharp flight from fossil fuels investments after the Paris agreement was reversed last year with a …

Double trouble? How big cities are gentrifying their neighbours

From Bordeaux to Leipzig to Hamilton, cities are facing a new problem: secondhand gentrification thanks to more expensive cities nearby<p>As the spring sunshine beams down on the honey-coloured buildings of Bordeaux, few of the tourists on the terraces pay much attention to the sticker on the …

Urban Design

Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria: then and now

Six months after Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017, AFP photographer Ricardo Arduengo revisited his photographs of the devastation included the uprooting of trees, destruction of homes and widespread flooding<p>Reconstruction in Puerto Rico has resulted in many of the …

Caribbean

Vijf miljoen kuub eruit, Nieuwe Waterweg wordt 1,5 meter dieper

De Nieuwe Waterweg wordt daarom tussen Hoek van Holland en de Beneluxtunnel verdiept, een stuk van ongeveer 25 kilometer.Het gebeurt met een …

Oranje sneeuw in Rusland: 'We skiën op Mars vandaag'

A post shared by Дмитрий Назаров (@nazd1234) on Mar 24, 2018 at 8:00am PDT<p>Een opmerkelijk beeld in Rusland: de sneeuw op de bergen is niet meer wit, …

Nederland, pakhuis van Noordwest-Europa, barst uit zijn voegen

In Nederland is het afgelopen jaar het recordaantal van bijna twee miljoen vierkante meter aan distributiecentra in gebruik genomen. Ongeveer …

EU in 'state of denial' over destructive impact of farming on wildlife

EU’s subsidy system, that benefits big farming rather than sustainability, needs to change to prevent ongoing collapse in birds and insect numbers, warn green groups<p>Europe’s crisis of collapsing bird and insect numbers will worsen further over the next decade because the EU is in a “state of …

Farming

Plasticsoep in Stille Oceaan veel groter dan gedacht

De enorme plasticsoep in de Stille Oceaan is veel groter dan gedacht. Door nauwkeuriger te meten kwamen wetenschappers van The Ocean Cleanup erachter …

Flooding and heavy rains rise 50% worldwide in a decade, figures show

Such extreme weather events are now happening four times more than in 1980, according to a European science paper<p>Global floods and extreme rainfall events have surged by more than 50% this decade, and are now occurring at a rate four times higher than in 1980, according to a new report.<p>Other …

Climate Change