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Climate change influences the distribution of organic pollutants in the Baltic Sea

Regional climate change models predict an increased freshwater runoff into the Baltic Sea. This will result in increased inflow of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon. According to Matyas Ripszam, Umeå University, this change will have high impact on the organic pollutants on the organic pollutants...

Climate change can cause loss of important ice dynamics in streams

In her thesis, Lovisa Lind shows that ice and winter floods are important natural disturbances for maintaining species-rich riparian zones along northern watercourses. If the climate becomes warmer this disturbance might be lost. This could potentially lead to a less diverse riparian zone. She defen...

VA: Swedish children to help climate scientists by burying teabags

Is it possible to read the future in tea leaves? This is what scientists at Umeå University are hoping to find out and they are now looking for school classes across Sweden to participate in a mass experiment that will help to inform climate change research. The so-called ‘Teabag Experiment’ is part...

Dolly Jørgensen new blogger for Curie research magazine

Dolly Jørgensen, historian and researcher at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, is guest blogging for Curie, a Swedish web magazine devoted to the world of research. She is going to take readers on ”An Expedition into the Heart of the Humanities."

Water-polluting anxiety drug reduces fish mortality

A drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence has been shown to reduce mortality rates in fish.

Three Umeå researchers receive Royal Scholarship for Science, Technology and the Environment

Three of the 14 scholarships recipients this year from the King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and the Environment are young researchers at Umeå University: ecologists Jenny Ash and Anouschka Hof, as well as chemist Stina Jansson.

Scientific American podcast: Swedish Spruce Is World's Oldest Tree

Leif Kullman, Professor of Physical Geography at Umeå University, along with fellow researchers, found the tree growing amid the remains of four generations of spruce dating from 375 to well over 9,000 years old. Researchers are excited about having a long case study of how past climate changes affe...

Extinctions reduce speciation

The same factors that increase the risk of species extinctions also reduce the chance that new species are formed. This is concluded by two biologists at Umeå University. Their findings are published in the April issue of the scientific journal Evolution.

Global collaboration at a high altitude

With people travelling all over the place, plants are spread to environments where they would not normally grow. In mountainous regions of Patagonia in Chile and Abisko in Sweden a project comparing plants’ ability to establish themselves in foreign environments is under way. Ann Milbau, a researche...

Not even freezing cold stops alien species in high altitudes

They hitchhike with us under the soles of our shoes and muddy car tires. Harsh and cold climates don´t seem to stop alien plants from establishing themselves in high altitudes, where they now successfully penetrate the alpine vegetation, a study at Umeå University and University of Antwerp shows.

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