IVL’s goal with the EGP-Guizhou project is to improve the environmental rights of the public in China. An important aspect of the work is increasing awareness about environmental legislation and the help that is available when environmental damage does occur. An informational video about this has now been produced and distributed to the public and government representatives throughout the judicial system.
IVL's Chinese subsidiary has entered into a partnership with a Swedish company that manufactures plant filters designed to purify indoor air naturally. The goal is to export these living bio filters to China where air pollution is a major problem.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has been appointed environmental advisor to the Indian Ministry of the Environment. IVL's task will be to promote cooperation between EU and India in the field of environmental technology, and to introduce smart, resource-efficient solutions to help India reduce emissions and conserve limited resources. Waste management and water issues are primary target areas.
A new report from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Umeå University shows that more than 5000 people a year die prematurely in Sweden as a result of exposure to air pollution. Cardiovascular and respiratory disorders caused by air pollution cost society SEK 42 billion yearly .
Sweden incurs substantial costs due to ground-level ozone damage to agricultural crops and forests. A new study shows that it is likely that this damage can be mitigated if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.
The popular report from the program Towards Sustainable Waste Management has now been translated to English and is available for anyone to read that has an interest in waste management and resource efficiency.
There is an easier and cheaper way to calculate the exposure of vegetation to ozone. Acting on behalf of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, researchers from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the University of Gothenburg and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute have developed a new indicator that more effectively reflects ozone toxicity to vegetation and which can be used to monitor the Clean Air environmental quality objective.
Researchers from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute have for several years studied the metabolism of phosphorus in the Baltic coastal areas and the ecological relevance of this in terms of increased algal growth. The results indicate that the influx of phosphorus from sediments to water is an important process for the nutritional status of shallow enclosed areas of the Swedish archipelago.
Despite the fact that a compromise was finally reached at the UN climate change conference in Lima much remains to be done before the next global summit in Paris December 2015. But most important of all is that all countries want to reach a long-term agreement, said Johanna Lissinger Peitz from the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, after the Mistra Indigo breakfast seminar in December.