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Annemarie van Wezel on the radio program Pointer about PFAS pollution

More and more PFAS pollution is being discovered in the Netherlands, both in water and soil. This leads to social unrest. Investigative journalism program Pointer has made a radio broadcast about the issue, Annemarie van Wezel  as one of the main guests.

 Pointer, NPO Radio 1 - 4 May

Mariana Gliesch in Folia about the influence of drought on Dutch heathlands

Folia interviewed Mariana Gliesch about her and Franciska de Vries' research into the influence of increased droughts on Dutch heathland. An experiment has been running at the UvA for 20 years to see what droughts do to this characteristic landscape type.

Folia - 2 May

Evy van Berlo and Karline Janmaat explain bonobo news at the NOS and in NRC

Bonobos are known as the most peaceful apes. However, a newly published study shows that more aggression occurs between males than among closely related chimpanzees. Moreover, the most aggressive men are the most successful with women. Great ape experts Evy van Berlo (UvA-IBED) and Karline Janmaat (UvA-IBED & Leiden University) explain this new French research at NOS and NRC respectively.

NOS - 12 April

NRC - 12 April  

LexisNexis - 12 April

Media attention for Linda Amaral-Zettler, who received an ERC Advanced Grant 

Linda Amaral-Zettler has received an ERC grant of almost 3.5 million euros for her research into the degradation of bioplastics in the marine environment. - 11 April - 11 April

Annemarie van Wezel in TV program EenVandaag and on NPO Radio1 about the poor quality of Dutch surface water

Last week it emerged that no less than 96% of Dutch surface water does not meet European standards for the presence of chemicals such as PFAS. Annemarie van Wezel explained this at NPO Radio 1 and in the studio of current affairs program EenVandaag (see below an earlier item)

EenVandaag, NPO - 10 April

Annemarie van Wezel in NRC about the polluted Dutch surface water

NRC has an article about the excessive levels of chemicals in Dutch surface waters. Last week it emerged that no less than 96% of our water does not meet the European standard. The Netherlands has until 2027 to do something about this, but the chance that we will achieve the European standards then seems small. In the article, Annemarie van Wezel explains the pollution and how difficult it is to get rid of.

NRC - 10 April

LexisNexis - 10 April

Nina Witteveen in Folia about her research into the influence of the last ice age on mangrove forests in South America

 Nina Witteveen and her supervisor Carina Hoorn investigated what happened to the mangrove forests in French Guiana as a result of the last ice age. These forests then appeared to give way to savannah in a relatively short time. Witteveen talks about this research in university magazine Folia.

Folia - 3 April

Annemarie van Wezel on BNR radio about the quality of waters in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is internationally known for its expertise in the field of water. But the quality of our own waters is far below standard. How did that happen? And more importantly: how do we get this in order, so that the Netherlands also complies with the European Water Framework Directive in 2027? Annemarie van Wezel is a guest in BNR's Big Five of Nederland Waterland

BNR Nieuwsradio - 20 March

Annemarie van Wezel in TV program EenVandaag about high PFAS levels in the soil

Ten organizations, including the military union and action group SchipholWatch, hold the State liable for high PFAS levels in the soil. Knoops law firm files a mass claim on behalf of the organizations. 

There is too much PFAS in the soil in hundreds of places in the Netherlands. "There are actually many places where PFAS is used. Sometimes without the employees or the factories being fully aware and aware of it," says Annemarie van Wezel.

EenVandaag AvroTros - 16 March - 16 March 

Fabian Dablander in NRC about climate optimism

Climate optimism is necessary but it must be factual. "We are doing well in tackling the climate crisis": Fabian Dablander and Guus Dix hear this regularly. However, the optimists provide weak support for their story.

NRC - 04 March

Erik Cammeraat in the Reformatorisch Dagblad about desertification in Spain

Southeastern Spain Spain is suffering from desertification, or the process in which increasing droughts set in motion all kinds of processes that turn ecosystems into deserts. Erik Cammeraat is an expert in the field of desertification and goes to this region every year with a group of students. The Reformatorisch Dagblad spoke to him about the problems at hand and what residents of the region can do to prevent further desertification.

Reformatorisch Dagblad - 2 March

Reformatorisch Dagblad via LexisNexis

Jef Huisman in Hart van Nederland about nitrogen and the farmers' protests

On February 28, SBS6 news program Hart van Nederland focused on the ongoing farmers' protests and the nitrogen crisis in our country. Jef Huisman commented. 

SBS 6 Hart van Nederland - 28 February

Gerard Oostermeijer in Folia about the earlier arrival of spring

Due to climate change, nature in our country is 'waking up' earlier and earlier. University magazine Folia asked Gerard Oostermeijer what the consequences of this earlier spring are for nature.

Folia - 28 February

Annemarie van Wezel in Het Financieele Dagblad about Pfas pesticides

How harmful a substance is depends on how much it is used.' Annemarie Van Wezel points to the world's most used and controversial herbicide, glyphosate. Glyphosate is known as a product that is safer than other pesticides, provided farmers use it selectively. But many crops use a lot of glyphosate, says Van Wezel. '

Het Financieele Dagblad - 24 february 

Annemarie van Wezel in De Telegraaf about the purification methods for Spring and mineral water from France

Spring and mineral water from France is not as pure natural as its producers claim. Due to bacteria or chemical contamination (such as traces of pesticides), those brands has been treated for years using filters, carbon and UV light. These purification techniques are permitted for tap water, but are prohibited for water labeled 'spring water' or 'natural mineral water'. “It is not in accordance with the rules, but they are fairly regular methods that the water companies use,” says Annemarie van Wezel. “They are also used in the Dutch drinking water sector, where approximately a third of our drinking water is made from surface water.”

De Telegraaf - 23 february 

Anja Spang in NRC about evolution of complex cells and the role of archaea

How did complex cells and multicellular life arise? What is the role of the so-called archaea, wonderful single-celled organisms that look a bit like bacteria but are not? Anja Spang (UvA-IBED) talks in NRC about the latest insights into this, following her Inaugural Lecture on 9 February 2024

NRC - 17 February


Esmeralda Alcantar en Kelly Latijnhouwers in Folia about their coral research in Curaçao 

The coral around Curaçao is doing very badly. In university magazine Folia, PhD students Esmeralda Alcantar and Kelly Latijnhouwers talk about their coral research in the region, recent significant coral mortality and how difficult it is to restore the reefs.

Folia - 9 February

Curacao.NU - 11 February

Pim de Voogt on NOS and TV program Nieuwsuur about the danger of a drug lab in a residential area

The recent explosion in the middle of a residential area in Rotterdam may have been the result of a problem in an illegal drug lab. Pim de Voogt talks about the potential dangers of the presence of such an illegal laboratory in the middle of a residential area

NOS - 4 February

Nieuwsuur, NPO1 - 4 February

Giuditta Beretta in Folia about her PhD research

University magazine Folia has an interview with Giuditta Beretta about her PhD research into natural control of the pest thrips. She discovered, among other things, that the thrips Echinothrip americanus, a problem species in the floriculture of roses and gerberas, among others, easily repels an attack from predatory mites through a kind of swinging movement with its abdomen.

Folia - 25 January

Species seeks species

In 2023, a project was launched to construct an infrastructure to identify every living species in the Netherlands and to monitor biodiversity. The digital platform, called ARISE (Authoritative and Rapid Identification System for Essential biodiversity information), is the first of its kind in the world. It will provide researchers with various tools for rapid and automated mapping of the natural world by any method. The partners in the project believe it can help to reverse the loss of biodiversity. The platform is already accessible for researchers.

NWO - 15 January

A lot of media attention for the research by Bart Hoekstra into the effect of fireworks on birds

A new study led by Bart Hoekstra into the effect of lighting fireworks on birds has received a lot of media attention within and outside the Netherlands (see also )

Dagblad De - 7 January  

Reformatorisch Dagblad - 6 January