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State Secretary for the North Sea Philippe De Backer in front of our observation airplane. (photo: Thierry Hubin - RBINS)
17/11/2016

State Secretary Catches Polluting Ships From the Sky

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Jonas Van Boxel

Our Institute’s observation plane monitors the North Sea for illegal oil dumping, fishery activities and since this year, sulphur emissions from ships. Philippe De Backer, State Secretary for the North Sea, flew along to see for himself how this monitoring actually works.

Lake Tanganyika (Photo: Dave Proffer, Flickr)
04/11/2016

Scientist Worried About Oil Extraction Plans in African Great Lakes

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Reinout Verbeke

An international group of scientists sound the alarm in Science about the plans to extract oil and gas from the African Great Lakes.

Specimen RBINS R47 from Anteophtalmosuchus hooleyi, found in Bernissart (Photos : E. De Bast & T. Smith, RBINS)
03/11/2016

Big Crocodiles of Bernissart Get New Name

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Reinout Verbeke

Three palaeontologists have re-examined and re-described two extremely well-preserved crocodile fossils from the Bernissart mine. They were excavated at the same time as the famous Iguanodons, who were their contemporaries 125 million years ago.

The research vessel Belgica is 50.9 m long and 10 m wide.Its cruising speed is 12 knots (22 km/h), which allows it to travel 5000 miles in 20 days. (photo: RBINS)
31/10/2016

Replacement of the Oceanographic Research Vessel RV Belgica

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Sigrid Maebe

On the 28th of October 2016, the Ministerial Council agreed to replace the research vessel RV Belgica, after a proposal by Secretary of State for Science Policy Elke Sleurs and Secretary of State for the North Sea Philippe De Backer.

Pieces of wood in the layer of waste at the Emile Braun place in Ghent (Photo: Koen Deforce, RBINS)
24/10/2016

A Medieval Layer of Waste Reveals Mass Deforestation in Flanders

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Reinout Verbeke

The analysis of an archaeological layer of waste has shown that the area around the Belgian city of Ghent was completely deforested during its growth in the 10th to 12th century.

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