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Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
20.04.2017
Opinion: Worthless mining waste could suck CO? out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions
Opinion: Worthless mining waste could suck CO? out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions
Could waste material from mining be used to trap CO 2  emissions' A new £8.6 million research programme will investigate the possibilities.
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
19.04.2017
Saving leopards from human threats
Saving leopards from human threats
Leopard populations in part of South Africa are decreasing in greater numbers and at a greater speed than expected, due in large part to illegal killing by humans according to new findings. A research team led by Dr Samual Williams , an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology , conducted a long-term study of the leopard population in the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa and found that leopard density (the number of leopards per 100 km 2 ) had decreased by 44% between 2012 and 2016 and by 66% since 2008.
Earth Sciences
11.04.2017
Drones used to analyse ash clouds from Guatemalan volcano
A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol has collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip, the team carried out many proof-of-concept flights at the summits of both Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala.  Using lightweight modern sensors they measured temperature, humidity and thermal data within the volcanic clouds and took images of multiple eruptions in real-time.
Earth Sciences
11.04.2017
Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala
Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala
A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip the team carried out many proof-of-concept flights at the summits of both Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
07.04.2017
Opinion: The rapidly populating coastal region from the Gulf to Pakistan faces a huge tsunami risk
Opinion: The rapidly populating coastal region from the Gulf to Pakistan faces a huge tsunami risk
In recent years, tsunamis have devastated coastal regions. Writing in The Conversation, Camilla Penney, PhD Candidate in Geophysics at University of Cambridge, looks at the risks faced by Gulf states and what can be done to mitigate them.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.04.2017
Opinion: Geologists unveil how Britain first separated from Europe - and it was catastrophic
Opinion: Geologists unveil how Britain first separated from Europe - and it was catastrophic
Brexit won't be the first time Britain has left Europe, says Simon Redfern, Professor in Earth Sciences at University of Cambridge writing for The Conversation . Almost half a million years ago we experienced a catastrophic separation. As Brexit looms, Earth scientists have uncovered evidence of Britain's original split from mainland Europe.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
03.04.2017
UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells (3 April 2017) Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK's largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
22.03.2017
Antarctic expedition aims to understand rising global sea levels
Antarctic expedition aims to understand rising global sea levels
A Lancaster University environmental scientist is taking part in an Antarctic expedition which aims to look back in time to understand rising global sea levels. Dr Yani Najman from Lancaster Environment Centre is one of 50 researchers on board the Alfred Wegener Institute's research vessel Polarstern which departed from Punta Arenas (Chile) on 6 February 2017, bound for the Amundsen Sea – the region of the Antarctic currently characterised by rapid loss of ice.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
15.03.2017
Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not ‘a silver bullet', researchers say
Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not ‘a silver bullet’, researchers say
Natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention, but a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear, researchers say. Such measures, including river restoration and tree planting, aim to restore processes that have been affected by human activities such as farming, land management and house-building.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
15.03.2017
Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not 'a silver bullet'
Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not ’a silver bullet’
Natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention, but a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear, researchers say. Such measures, including river restoration and tree planting, aim to restore processes that have been affected by human activities such as farming, land management and house-building.
Earth Sciences
10.03.2017
Lakeside launches fundraising campaign to hatch a baby dinosaur!
Nottingham Lakeside Arts has launched a campaign to raise money to hatch its very own baby dinosaur.
Earth Sciences
10.03.2017
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.03.2017
Improving defence against earthquakes and tsunamis
A pioneering new computer model has been developed to simulate the whole chain of hazard events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes, by a team involving UCL and Bristol engineers.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.03.2017
CRUST adds new layer of defence against earthquakes and tsunamis
CRUST adds new layer of defence against earthquakes and tsunamis
The first computer model to simulate the whole chain of events triggered by offshore mega subduction earthquakes could reduce losses to life and property caused by disasters like the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan six years ago this Saturday [11 March].
History/Archeology - Earth Sciences
24.02.2017
Complex prehistoric patterns discovered around site of ancient Welsh burial chamber
Complex prehistoric patterns discovered around site of ancient Welsh burial chamber
A team of archaeologists, led by a researcher from the University of Bristol, has uncovered the remains of a possible Stonehenge-type prehistoric earthwork monument in a field in Pembrokeshire. Members of the Welsh Rock art Organisation have been investigating the area around the Neolithic burial chamber known as Trellyffaint – one of a handful of sites in western Britain that has examples of prehistoric rock art.
Arts and Design - Earth Sciences
21.02.2017
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum
400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum
A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of scientists.
History/Archeology - Earth Sciences
20.02.2017
Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa's bone harpoons
Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa’s bone harpoons
A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled from the area. The collection offers clues about the behaviour and technology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers.
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
16.02.2017
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
06.02.2017
Spiny, armoured slug reveals ancestry of molluscs
Spiny, armoured slug reveals ancestry of molluscs
Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered a 480-million-year-old slug-like fossil in Morocco which sheds new light on the evolution of molluscs - a diverse group of invertebrates that includes clams, snails and squids. One of the defining characteristics of the molluscs is the possession of a radula, a kind of toothed-tongue which is used to rake up or rasp food.
Earth Sciences - Administration/Government
06.02.2017
Unravelling mysteries of mind and matter
Two very different research projects at Cardiff University have secured EU funds to help unravel little-understood mysteries affecting our planet and the human mind.
Earth Sciences - Event
01.02.2017
Earth Sciences - History/Archeology
27.01.2017
New project aims to build resilience to earthquakes in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
New project aims to build resilience to earthquakes in the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
A new interdisciplinary project led by researchers at the University of Bristol aims to develop resilience and research capacity in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to cope with earthquakes and their cascading effects on the country's environment, business, infrastructure, and society.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
25.01.2017
Tsunami prevention
Devastating tsunamis could be halted before hitting the Earth's shoreline by firing deep-ocean sound waves at the oncoming mass of water, new research has proposed. Dr Usama Kadri, from Cardiff University's School of Mathematics, believes that lives could ultimately be saved by using acoustic-gravity waves (AGWs) against tsunamis that are triggered by earthquakes, landslides and other violent geological events.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
24.01.2017
New project to boost Sat Nav positioning accuracy anywhere in world
A project exploiting Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to establish the blueprint for the world's most accurate real-time positioning service is to run at The University of Nottingham.
Earth Sciences - History/Archeology
24.01.2017
Fossilised tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption 1,000 years ago to within three months
Fossilised tree and ice cores help date huge volcanic eruption 1,000 years ago to within three months
An international team of researchers has managed to pinpoint, to within three months, a medieval volcanic eruption in east Asia the precise date of which has puzzled historians for decades.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
13.01.2017
Lancaster takes Arctic Basecamp to Davos
Lancaster takes Arctic Basecamp to Davos
Science Summit will call on global leaders for immediate action on the Arctic A group of leading scientists have announced an Arctic Science Summit that will take place in Davos, Switzerland on January 18th 2017 at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF.
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
12.01.2017
Mysterious sea creature part of a new family
Mysterious sea creature part of a new family
One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today as a team of scientists have revealed what a bizarre group of cone-shaped sea creatures actually are, as reported in Nature . Known as hyoliths, these extinct marine creatures were long believed to belong to the same family as snails, squids and other molluscs, but the researchers have shown that they are instead more closely related to brachiopods – a group which has a rich fossil record but with only a few living species known today.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
10.01.2017
Testing how species respond to climate change
Testing how species respond to climate change
Predicting how species will respond to climate change is a critical part of efforts to prevent widespread climate-driven extinction, or to predict its consequences for ecosystems. Usually, the current climatic range of a species is used to predict where it will occur under future climate change scenarios.
Earth Sciences
19.12.2016
Santa Maria - the incredible rising island
Santa Maria - the incredible rising island
We know that since Charles Darwin's time. Based on observations made during the Beagle's voyage, he correctly formulated that sinking islands start to be fringed by rings of coral reefs, leading to atoll formation.
Earth Sciences
14.12.2016
£650k to study earthquake ruptures in clay-rich fault zones
Researchers from the School of Environmental Sciences have been awarded over £650,000 by the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) to study the behaviour of earthquake ruptures in clay-rich fault zones. They will use laboratory experiments and data modelling to investigate the conditions under which earthquake ruptures travel through ‘creeping' faults, which are typically found in clay-rich fault gouges.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
12.12.2016
Scientist uses NASA/US Geological Survey satellite to map movements of Greenland glaciers
Scientist uses NASA/US Geological Survey satellite to map movements of Greenland glaciers
Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and sometimes surprising patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellite images to map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world.
Earth Sciences - Architecture
09.12.2016
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
09.12.2016
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
07.12.2016
Geomorphological science can help mitigate severe storm and flood damage
A year after Storm Desmond struck the UK and at a time when the UK's Committee on Climate Change have called for urgent action to address the risks to the UK from climate change, a group of world-lead
Earth Sciences
01.12.2016
Triple double decker dinosaur coming to Nottingham!
One of the biggest dinosaurs ever to have walked the Earth will be making an appearance at The Dinosaurs of China exhibition which is taking place at Wollaton Hall and the University's Lakeside Arts in summer 2017.
Earth Sciences
21.11.2016
'Invisibility cloaks' for buildings could protect them from earthquakes
’Invisibility cloaks’ for buildings could protect them from earthquakes
Researchers are developing large structures inspired by 'cloaking' materials for sound and light, which can offer protection against seismic waves.
Earth Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
08.11.2016
Massive 'lake' discovered under South American volcano that could unlock why and how volcanoes erupt
Massive ’lake’ discovered under South American volcano that could unlock why and how volcanoes erupt
Scientists from the University of Bristol and partner universities in Germany, France, Canada and Wales, have discovered a huge magmatic lake, 15 kilometres below a dormant volcano in Bolivia, South America. The body of water – which is dissolved into partially molten rock at a temperature of almost 1,000 degrees Celsius – is the equivalent to what is found in some of the world's giant freshwater lakes, such as Lake Superior.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Earth Sciences
08.11.2016
Opinion: How the UK and India can lead the development of ecologically smart cities
Bhaskar Vira and Eszter Kovacs (Department of Geography and University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute) discuss how lessons learned about water management in Nepal and India can guide how cities can be made "ecologically smart".
Earth Sciences - Business/Economics
04.11.2016
World's 'most powerful' energy leader talks oil, crises and science at Imperial
World’s ’most powerful’ energy leader talks oil, crises and science at Imperial
The Chair of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Mr Ali Al-Naimi, visited Imperial yesterday, meeting Saudi students and academics.
Earth Sciences
04.11.2016
Volcanology research boosted by new scholarship in memory of Bristol graduate
Volcanology research boosted by new scholarship in memory of Bristol graduate
The legacy of a University of Bristol graduate will continue in the form of a new scholarship, designed to help Ethiopian people better understand the threat volcanoes pose to life, livelihood and the landscape.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
03.11.2016
Arctic sea ice loss linked to personal CO2 emissions
Arctic sea ice loss linked to personal CO2 emissions
Three square metres of Arctic summer sea ice disappears for every tonne of carbon dioxide a person emits, wherever they are on the planet, according to new UCL research. The rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice is one of the most direct indicators of the ongoing climate change on Earth. The newly discovered linear relationship helps us understand our personal contribution to global climate change for the first time and highlights the importance of lowering emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
28.10.2016
Orientale crater formed on the Moon billions of years ago
Orientale crater formed on the Moon billions of years ago
Scientists have simulated the conditions that formed a huge bullseye-shaped crater on the Moon, called Orientale. The Orientale impact basin is located on the Moon's south western region, or the left-hand edge as seen from Earth. It is made up of concentric rings that resemble a bullseye pattern. At over 900 kilometres across and with an age of approximately 3.8 billion years, Orientale is one of the largest, the youngest and the best preserved example of what scientists call a multi-ring basin.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
19.10.2016
Imperial alumnus discusses rise and fall of ancient dinosaur-eating crocodiles
Fearsome ancient dinosaur-devouring crocodiles thrived on Earth until changes in the sea level affected their habitats, says an Imperial alumnus.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
12.10.2016
‘Time machine’ study warns of long-term dangers of ocean acidification
New research into the effects of ocean acidification suggests that, while marine organisms may be able to cope with the effects of climate change in the short term, the biological cost of doing so may be too high to guarantee long-term survival. Dr Nick Kamenos discusses his research In a new paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team of scientists from the Universities of Glasgow, California Santa Cruz, Stanford and Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn describe how they studied crustose coralline algae clustered around undersea volcanic vents in Ischia, Italy.
Earth Sciences
06.10.2016
Uranium levels in deep sea coral reveal new insights into how the major northern ice sheets retreated
Uranium levels in deep sea coral reveal new insights into how the major northern ice sheets retreated
Scientists examining naturally occurring uranium levels in ancient deep sea corals have discovered new insights into how the major northern ice sheets retreated during the last major deglaciation on Earth. The research, carried out by a team from the universities of Bristol, Leeds, Cardiff, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Colgate University, has been published in Science this week.
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
06.10.2016
New species of Jurassic reptile identified from skeletal remains on display in Bristol
New species of Jurassic reptile identified from skeletal remains on display in Bristol
A new species of British ichthyosaur has been identified using skeletal remains which have been on display at the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences for many years.
History/Archeology - Earth Sciences
05.10.2016
King's announces new exhibition: Traces of War
26 October - 18 December 2016 King's College London, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing Admission is free Traces of War is a new exhibition from King's College London.
Life Sciences - Earth Sciences
26.09.2016
Ancestor of arthropods had the mouth of a penis worm
Ancestor of arthropods had the mouth of a penis worm
Fresh evidence from a series of expeditions to North Greenland have led palaeontologists to solve an age-old mystery about a distinctive group of arthropods.
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