Flying the family to Thailand to celebrate the holidays? Maybe taking the train to Åre? The difference in climate impact is considerable, according to environmental research. The greenhouse gas emissions created by a round-trip flight from Sweden to the beaches of Southeast Asia is roughly 200 times greater than the amount generated by a rail trip from Stockholm to the Swedish mountains.
The holiday shopping season breaks records year after year. Consumer spending this year is expected to total 7.2 billion globally – a 2.5 percent increase over last year, according retail analyst HUI. But an even stronger trend is underway. The “sharing economy” is growing rapidly and is changing the conditions for holiday retail business and consumption in general.
Consumers concerned about safety of silver ions in antibacterial and odor-free clothing will soon have a proven safe alternative thanks to ultra-thin thread and a substance found naturally in red algae.
Among the questions Maria Håkansson has researched is whether everyday environments, such as mass transit or residential neighborhoods, can serve as good meeting places for people from all walks of life.
Rakel Wreland Lindström performs research in renewable energy and fuel cells at KTH. Nearly a year ago she got to tell the world and US President Barack Obama about her research. She is the first in our graduate relay.
Easy – but risky for democracy. Electronic elections would increase pressure to implement more and more referenda. And that could be devastating to a country’s social structure, says philosophy researcher Karim Jebari.
Whether it’s the Black Death of 1350 or the Ebola virus in West Africa, one thing deadly pandemics have in common is that their progress takes a geographical course. But researcher Lars Skog at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of those developing geoinformation systems that can help health workers predict the spread of a disease and stop it.
Despite a rapid growth in the use of computers and mobile phones in Sweden, emissions per user remain low, according to a unique study which maps out the climate impact of the Swedish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
No doubt, sustainable development engages the interest of both students and teaching staff. It is also a prioritised area for KTH Royal Institute of Technology. At the same time, even amongst the teachers, there is a degree of uncertainty surrounding the concept. Now, however, a strengthening of the teaching input concerning sustainability as a theoretical concept is proposed in a survey carried out by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Saturday, June 21 is the summer solstice – when the hours of sunlight in the northern hemisphere are at their longest. Here’s a look back at some stories that show how we can make use of all that solar radiation.
US President Barack Obama’s recently-unveiled Climate Action Plan has provoked strong reactions in America; though it’s generally agreed the changes will have worldwide reverberations. Some of KTH’s experts on sustainable energy have their say on why that is – and why you should care.
Curitiba is one of the twelve cities in Brazil where World Cup matches will be played, and it has one of the modern arenas in the country. The city also has a collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology on sustainable urban planning.
Researchers into Fluid Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology are notching up further successes and have recently received a number of prestigious grants. One of the goals is to be first in the world in simulating the complex air currents surrounding an entire aircraft wing.