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SLU and the climate

What does SLU do for the climate? We provide knowledge, decision support and facts about climate solutions. We teach our students about sustainability, and they inspire us to further reduce our climate impact. Below are a few examples of how SLU contributes.

52 climate weeks in a year

The cooperation within UN on climate change highlights the science and skills needed in society to understand the climate change challenge and to find solutions. At SLU, every week is "climate week". We contribute our knowledge about the development and sustainable use of living natural resources all year round.

High methane emissions from northern rivers and streams

A study provides new insights in global rates, patterns and drivers of methane emissions from running waters.

Decadal increase in groundwater inorganic carbon concentrations

Over the past 40 years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Swedish groundwater have increased more than twice as fast as in the atmosphere. What does this mean for the role of groundwater in the carbon cycle?

Ground water well in Stekenjokk, Sweden. Photo.

Heat waves threaten nesting seabirds

More extreme and prolonged heat waves can cause seabirds to lose their eggs and chicks, shows a study of the Baltic Sea colonies of Common murres on Stora Karlsö.

Films about forests and climate change

The challenge of climate change means the expectations of forests are growing faster than the forests themselves. What role can forests play in mitigating climate change? Films by SLU Future Forests.

New maps enable tracking of carbon stocks

Data and maps on carbon stocks are now available to everyone – lowering the threshold for users looking to leverage carbon information in future development.

SLU improves global sustainability ranking among higher education institutions

SLU is climbing in rankings in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023. For goal 13, Climate action, SLU is ranked 29th.

Scientific publications by SDG's

SLU researchers publish scholarly works related to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Explore the SLU output for, among others, goal number 13 – Climate Action.

Climate change impacts on ecosystems

What is the impact of climate change on nature and its ecosystems? Is nature's calendar getting out of step? In what way is the growing season changing in different parts of the country?

Does climate-compensating tree planting benefit local people?

SLU researchers have developed a web-based guide that makes it easier to assess the social consequences of carbon forestry.

Village in Tanzania. Photo.

Wild animals can help us reach the 1.5 degree target

Protecting and restoring populations of wild animal species can help keeping global temperature rise below the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees, while at the same bending the negative biodiversity curve.

Elephant on savanna. Photo.

Smaller perch mothers as the sea gets warmer

Female perch living in warmer water invest in early reproduction.

Perches. Photo.

Affordable and clean energy (goal 7); Climate action (goal 13)

SLU researchers study bioenergy production and biogas processes. SLU's enviromental monitoring and assessment also delivers science-based decision support on climate change and the use of natural resources.

Zero hunger (goal 2); Climate action (goal 13)

SLU contributes to sustainable food production, nationally and internationally. We teach about and study the climate impact of food production and consumption.

Topic: Climate change and global development

SLU focuses its contribution to Agenda 2030 on six areas that reflect the university’s mission and strengths. One prioritised area is Climate change and global development.

Drylands: ecosystems under increasing climatic pressures

Understanding the functioning of drylands is key to predict how they will change in the future and to identify management approaches.

Dryland agriculture in California, US. Foto.

Slight amounts of fungal protein can reduce meat eaters climate footprint

A study shows that if twenty percent of all the beef we eat is replaced by alternative protein sources, the environmental impact of meat consumption would decrease substantially.

Published: 21 August 2023 - Page editor: ann-katrin.hallin@slu.se