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Environment - 09.02.2010
Data Soliloquies
Data Soliloquies
Data Soliloquies rose from a fruitful collaboration between Martin John Callanan and Richard Hamblyn, during their terms as artist and writer in residence at the UCL Environment Institute. The result is a witty and insightful book about the theatricality of scientific data, exploring the profusion of graphs, charts, computer models and other forms of visual advocacy that are now inescapable fixtures of public science displays.

Environment - 01.02.2010
Hotter temperatures cause climate change
Higher temperatures on the surface of the earth are themselves fuelling a further increase in emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas with a significant role in global warming. Researchers used satellite measurements of the atmospheric concentration of methane as well as data relating to surface temperature changes and variations in surface water.

Environment - Life Sciences - 10.01.2010
Scientists pioneer new way to select MPAs
Newly published research details how remote fisheries closures were designed to protect Rockall Bank, a deep water coral habitat in Northwest Scotland. The research shows how, for the first time, scientific records, fishers’ knowledge and surveillance data on fishing activity have been combined to effectively select a Marine Protected Area.

Environment - Life Sciences - 05.01.2010
Diving beetles hold clues to rare species mystery
While we know that many species are rare, what largely remains a mystery, is why they are rare. But now University of Plymouth experts have made exciting discoveries that have unlocked some of the clues. The work, conducted by a team led by the university’s David Bilton and published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, also helps us understand how rare and common species may respond to future climate change.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.12.2009
UN report highlights Plymouth's climate change research
The University of Plymouth's world-leading ocean acidification research has been highlighted in a United Nations report launched at the end of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit. 'Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity', compiled by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is the most comprehensive overview to date of all existing scientific evidence on ocean acidification - including breakthrough research led by the University of Plymouth’s Jason Hall-Spencer.

Environment - Life Sciences - 26.08.2009
Research sheds light on fate of plant life in Arctic
The research findings, published in the Journal of Ecology, show that climate change during the winter months is having a significant impact on the plant life in parts of the Arctic. Research into this area has received little attention when compared with summer warming studies, despite the detrimental effects winter warming is having.

Chemistry - Environment - 16.06.2009
Effects of plastic on the environment revealed
A University of Plymouth lecturer is the lead author of a prestigious new Royal Society publication examining the effects of plastics on the environment and human health. Richard Thompson, who is one of the foremost researchers on this topical subject, was chosen to edit the 180 page special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B which is published online today pending hard copy publication towards the end of the summer.

Environment - Business / Economics - 30.03.2009
Marine science for a changing world
How can the marine environment benefit our physical and mental health‘ Could understanding rip currents help save lives' What impact will the Wave Hub have on our coast line' These are just a few of the topics that will be discussed as the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership (PMSP) showcases pioneering research at its first-ever research symposium, 'Marine Science for a Changing World'.

Environment - Health - 14.01.2009
Researchers to Discover how Nanoparticles Affect Health and the Environment
The University of Birmingham's School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has secured funding of £500,000 for a new Facility for Environmental Nanoparticle Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC). Researchers at the facility will analyse the physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles and will look at whether they have significant adverse effects on human and environmental health.
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