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January 27, 2022
 
 
 
EPFL has recently brought an innovative heating plant online and will soon connect it to a large data center. The plant will help the Ecublens campus optimize how it generates and consumes energy, with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality. (© 2021 Niels Ackermann/Lundi13)
Next Target: Net Zero Emissions
What are the institutions of the ETH Domain doing to reduce the CO2 emissions of their buildings? An overview shows: quite a lot, from anergy and waste heat to district heating and photovoltaics.

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Teamwork: Scientists ascending to the research station in the Hohe Tauern National Park. (Picture: ZAMG/Niedermoser)
Plastic snowfall in the Alps
In a large-scale fundraising campaign, popular YouTubers like Mister Beast and Mark Rober are currently trying to rid the oceans of almost 14,000 tonnes of plastic waste. But it's not just our waters that are full of plastic. A new study shows that the spread of nanoplastic through the air is a more widespread problem than previously thought.

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Sarah Springman, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and outgoing Rector of ETH Zurich. (Photo: ETH Zurich)
Reaching critical mass of women at ETH Zurich
The outgoing Rector, Sarah Springman, reflects on where and how promoting women makes sense and what it means to be successful in this area.

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Eawag researcher Wenzel Gruber undertaking some maintenance work on the measurement system at the Moossee Urtenenbach WTP. (Photo: Andrin Moosmann)
Climate protection in the wastewater treatment arena
Switzerland has around 800 municipal wastewater treatment plants. A recent study by Eawag researchers reveals the burden these plants place on the climate, and explores how emissions of climate-damaging nitrous oxide can be reduced.

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How these e-​scooters and e-​bikes help to reach climate goals has not been entirely clear until now. (Photograph: Keystone/Christian Beutler)
New, better coronavirus rapid test
Researchers at PSI and the University of Basel have developed a rapid test for Covid-19. Its novel functional principle promises reliable and quantifiable results concerning a patient's Covid-19 disease and its course – as well as evidence concerning other diseases and Covid variants that may be present.

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A label for digital responsibility
With the launch of the Digital Trust Label, developed by the Swiss Digital Initiative with the help of EPFL experts, users can clearly identify trustworthy digital services. Providers of digital services can now declare their digital responsibility in a credible manner.

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