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cyfry 01Do you know that even 50% of species of living organisms may become extinct during the life of three generations of people if no effective climate policy is introduced in the world?

 

One of the most active ecological educators in Poland is Professor Piotr Skubała from the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection.

 

cyfry 02Do you know that it is possible to effectively manage water resources and predict effects of climate changes using mathematical models?

 

Mathematical modelling is the domain of scientists from the Silesian Water Centre of University of Silesia in Katowice.

 

cyfry 03Do you know that in many places in the world snow is a primary source of drinking water?

 

Research on precipitation and changeability of weather phenomena is conducted by Professor Ewa Łupikasza from the Faculty of Earth Sciences.

 

cyfry 04Do you know that global warming causes prolongation of the pollination period of plants and an earlier increase in the content of allergenic pollens in the air, e.g. already in January?

 

Research on the influence of weather on the variability of the occurrence
of allergens is conducted by Katarzyna Dąbrowska-Zapart, PhD from the Faculty of Earth Sciences.

 

cyfry 05Do you know that cereal crops have not been so threatened with drought in the last 100 years as they are now? Researchers from University of Silesia help to create variations of crops resistant to water shortage.

 

Research on the resistance of plants to drought-related stress is conducted by Agata Daszkowska-Golec, PhD from the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection.

 

cyfry 06Do you know that climate changes caused by human activity result in drastic shrinking of Arctic glaciers? Within the next 40 years it will result in the emergence of a new island in the Spitsbergen area with an area similar to Rhodes.

 

Research on changes in the atmosphere, oceans and glaciers in the Atlantic area of the Arctic is conducted by an international team of scientists co-led by Mariusz Grabiec, PhD from the Faculty of Earth Sciences.

 

cyfry 07Do you know that University of Silesia has an Aerial Mobile Laboratory ULKA – the only research station in Poland located in a hot-air balloon? This airborne laboratory  allows for conducting research on air pollution.

 

The Aerial Mobile Laboratory is managed by Professor Mariola Jabłońska from the Faculty of Earth Sciences.

 

cyfry 08Do you know that due to the destructive influence of modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) on our planet it was proposed in 2016 that a new epoch, called the Anthropocene, should be introduced in the geological history of the Earth?

 

Professor Dobrosława Wężowicz-Ziółkowska from the Faculty of Philology conducts research on humans which combines the disciplines of the humanities and natural sciences.

 

cyfry 09Do you know that a city is a heat island? It is conducive to the activity of bees, which produce more honey in such conditions.

 

There is an apiary on the roof of the Faculty of Law and Administration of University of Silesia in Katowice.

 

10Do you know that cattle breeding is responsible for 18% of the noxious carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere? If, like Native Americans from the Shoshone tribe, we met protein requirements in our diet by eating ants and grasshoppers, the emission of the poisonous gas would be diminished.

 

Relations between humans, their culture and natural environment are the subject of studies in the field of Cultural Ecology at the Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science.

 

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