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Album about the Knyszyn Forest

For five years two biologists and ardent nature photographers were traversing the most distant recesses of the Knyszyn Forest. They took pictures of flora and fauna. They discovered places where one can come across European Bison, weasels and red deer. Their journey culminated in an album, in which Prof. Marek Konarzewski, corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Janusz Kupryjanowicz share the beauty of the Knyszyn Forest with us.

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IAHR Awards presented

The Vistula Boulevards in Warsaw and the Augustów Canal won the most prestigious hydrological awards in Europe. The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) appreciated boulevards for innovative hydrological solutions and canal for its historical and enginnering importance. The awards were conferred on February 18 during the 6 IAHR Europe Congress, organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences and Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW).

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Position Statement no. 11 of the Covid-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Understanding the vaccine the individual perspective

“Without vaccination, after contracting COVID-19, out of a group of one million people, thirty thousand will not survive. This is approximately the risk of death due to the disease in Poland" – scientists from the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences wrote in a position paper dated 10 February.

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Flood forecasting, climate change, water protection. The most important water congress in Europe starts on Monday

The participants of the 6th IAHR Europe Congress will have the unique opportunity to talk about, among others, how to forecast floods or achieve the sustainable development in urban water supply systems. The congress agenda includes sessions and webinars combined with discussions with the audience. Europe Regional Hydro-Environment Heritage awards will be presented. This year’s congress, organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW and PAS Institute of Geophysics, will be attended by 400 experts from 53 countries.

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World Wetland Day Why are wetlands so important to preserve?

"Wetlands and Water" is this year’s theme for World Wetland Day. On this occasion, Prof. Tomasz Okruszko, one of the experts of the Advisory Team for Climate Crisis to the PAS President, explains why wetlands are so important to us. The 6th IAHR Europe Congress, co-organized by the Polish Academy of Sciences, the PAS Institute of Geophysics and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, will be taking place shortly.

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Sea-level rise predictions

The number of costal floods in the Baltic Sea basin will increase within the next 30 years. What’s more, in a 100-year perspective the historic center of Gdańsk may disappear under water. The Interdisciplinary Advisory Team for the Climate Crisis to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences issued a communiqué on sea-level rise.

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Position Statement no. 10 of the COVID-19 Advisory Team to the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the mental health and education of children and adolescents

One group that is particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19 is children and adolescents. Although they are less succeptible to the severe physical manifestation of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the psychological and educational effects of the pandemic can be very serious for them, sometimes lasting much longer than the pandemic itself.

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PAS researchers will investigate the origins of blood cancers

An international consortium will be established under the leadership of the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences to deal with pioneering research in the field of hemato-oncology. Three leading European institutions, together with the PAS institute will examine the origins of hematologic neoplasms, such as leukemia and lymphomas.

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Plants in brown bear diet

International team of researchers, led by Alberto García-Rodríguez from the PAS Institute of Nature Conservation, collected data about the number of different plant species eaten by brown bears. Scientists analyzed diet of 96 bear populations from Europe, Asia and North America. Their findings have been recently published in Scientific Reports.

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Photon avalanche has been observed in new nanomaterials

An international team of scientists has developed new colloidal nanomaterials capable of giant photon avalanche upconvertion. This remarkable basic science breakthrough, in which the research group of Prof. Artur Bednarkiewicz from the PAS Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research in Wrocław took part, has been described in the latest issue of Nature journal.

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Comments on Position Statement no. 9 “Scenarios for 2021”

Since the publication of our “Scenarios for 2021” we have received numerous questions about which of these scenarios is the most likely. However, it is not possible to provide a clear-cut answer. One of the reasons is that the probability of each of these scenarios becoming a reality depends not only on actions over which we have some influence (i.e. the efficiency of the vaccination system and people’s behavior), but also on factors over which we have little influence.

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