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When soils filter wastewater

In Wallonia, one-tenth of domestic waste water doesn’t pass through a waste water treatment plant. Is it pollution? Not necessarily, because soils can filter and purify wastewater naturally under certain conditions. Wherever people live, treating their domestic waste water must be...
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Energy transition is rooted in the local

As part of the 11-14 March Water and Climate Festival in Louvain-la-Neuve, Science Today is highlighting UCLouvain ecological transition research and researchers. Julie Hermesse, doctor in anthropology and member of the UCLouvain Laboratory for Prospective Anthropology (LAAP) and member of...
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Solar energy for a circular economy

The SUNRISE project, in which UCLouvain participates, just received €1 million from the European Union. With this sum, for one year, the consortium will establish a road map and build a community around a sustainable alternative project to produce fuels and basic chemicals....
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Controlling nitrate

Agricultural nitrate has polluted water for decades. Today various techniques make it possible to more effectively control the use of this necessary fertiliser. It’s a much more complex problem than is generally believed. No nitrogen, no crops! That’s the inescapable starting point of...
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Salsify experiment: nudging for better eating

UCLouvain psychology researchers have shown that nudging techniques can positively influence eating behaviours, including when it comes to increasing the consumption of a ‘forgotten’ vegetable. Eating well is the key to good health. Yet many people struggle to apply the principles of...
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