Newsletter June 2021
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03.06.21
 
 
 
Business travel contributes a large share to the CO2 emissions of ETH Zurich and EPFL. (©dsleeter)
A cleaner science
Science helps us to analyse climate change and to act to limit its effects. But it also contributes to climate change, for example through the many trips scientists make to conferences or to visit colleagues. The institutions of the ETH Domain are committed to reduce their carbon footprint. Here's how.

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Data researcher: Thijs Defraeye of Empa's "Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles" lab in St.Gallen creates digital twins based on complex mathematical models. (Image: Empa)
The simulated patient
Digital twins enable customized medical therapies. Empa researchers have now modeled several hundred such avatars based on real people and treated them experimentally. For the first time, the digital twins received feedback from real patients.

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Didier Queloz will head a new centre at ETH Zurich that will address a fundamental scientific question. (Image: University of Geneva)
“The timing is perfect”
Renowned planetary researcher and Nobel laureate Didier Queloz is moving to ETH Zurich, where he will be joining with other professors to study the origins of life in a new centre.

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“The change in forests' carbon role is a threat to the climate”
The Amazon rain forest may have reached a tipping point. According to a recent study, it now emits more CO2 than it absorbs, which could speed the pace of climate change. Charlotte Grossiord, an expert in forest ecosystems at EPFL, spoke with us about the mechanisms behind this shift and why we should be worried.

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Danina Schmidt from the Ecotox Centre analyses behavioural changes of water fleas. (Dean Shirley, Eawag)
Online biomonitoring of WWTP wastewater
Treated wastewater can be continuously monitored online with the use of organisms. This gives operators of wastewater treatment plants and discharging industrial companies the ability to respond quickly to acute pollution.

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