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Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
27.03.2017
US investor backs Cardiff University start-up
A device which protects power networks from disruption and damage has won extra funding for commercial development.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
27.03.2017
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 - Business/Economics
22.03.2017
Next-generation green ideas presented at White City innovation showcase
Next-generation green ideas presented at White City innovation showcase
Student and start-up ideas were on display as Imperial's tech pioneers exhibited their green ideas to the innovation community.
Computer Science/Telecom - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.03.2017
Building the future at Imperial College Advanced Hackspace
Building the future at Imperial College Advanced Hackspace
The Advanced Hackspace has grown to become one of the largest networks of makers and innovators within any university in the world - we find out how.
Computer Science/Telecom - Environment/Sustainable Development
21.03.2017
Research teaches machines to decipher birdsong
Research teaches machines to decipher birdsong
Innovative research looking at the timing and sequence of bird calls could provide new insight into the social interaction that goes on between birds. It will also help teach machines to differentiate between man-made and natural sounds and to understand the world around them. The work is being led by Dr Dan Stowell, a research fellow in machine listening at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Environment/Sustainable Development - History/Archeology
17.03.2017
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.03.2017
Securing the future of cattle production in Africa
A ‘world-first' study of the genomes of indigenous cattle in Africa has revealed vital clues that will help secure the future of cattle production on the continent. Cattle are an increasingly important resource in Africa as sustainable sources of food, milk, traction and manure. With its human population growing and the economy and subsequent wealth predicted to expand greatly, there will also be a huge increase in demand for livestock.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
16.03.2017
Opinion: Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment - this must change
Opinion: Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment - this must change
Are our measures of poverty and well-being too narrow? Judith Schleicher and Bhaskar Vira from Cambridge's Conservation Research Initiative think so. Writing for The Conversation, they argue that we should include access to nature in these measures. Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.03.2017
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
15.03.2017
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.
Administration/Government - Environment/Sustainable Development
14.03.2017
Mexican solar steam project wins funding
Mexican solar steam project wins funding
A revolutionary solar thermal technology is to be tested in Mexico, thanks to funding secured by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and industry partner Larkfleet Ltd.
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].
Environment/Sustainable Development
08.03.2017
Support for climate change in Europe
The first and most in-depth analysis of climate change opinions in some of Europe's largest countries has revealed an overwhelming belief that climate change is happening.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government
08.03.2017
People outside UK ‘more environmentally friendly’
Residents of other countries are more environmentally friendly and more likely to believe in climate change than people in the UK, Cardiff University research suggests. As the University highlights the success of its European and International research, Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh has revealed initial results of the first detailed study of environmental behaviour across culturally diverse countries.
Environment/Sustainable Development
07.03.2017
‘Gateway to the underworld crater' is helping scientists map the Earth's climate history
‘Gateway to the underworld crater’ is helping scientists map the Earth’s climate history
‘Gateway to the underworld crater' is helping scientists map the Earth's climate history A geographer from the University of Sussex who is researching a huge crater in Siberia, which is expandi
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.03.2017
3D scans reveal flexible skull patterns are key to island bird diversity
3D scans reveal flexible skull patterns are key to island bird diversity
A study of the super-diverse bird groups, which include Darwin's finches, has found that modular skull parts helped them adapt to different roles. Adaptive radiation is the rapid evolution of many diverse species from a single ancestor. Typically this occurs in the colonization of island habitats, as a group of birds diversifies to exploit different ecological niches – the lifestyles, or roles, available within an ecosystem.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
06.03.2017
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees
A report which outlines how local organisations have made life better for bees and pollinating insects in Bristol and the surrounding area over the last two years will be published tomorrow [March 7] to coincide with a meeting of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership at the SS Great Britain.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
06.03.2017
EU funds to boost urban energy efficiency
Cardiff University has secured almost £1m of EU funds to reduce energy use and tackle fuel poverty by enhancing urban energy efficiency.
Environment/Sustainable Development
03.03.2017
Imperial goes green for a week of environmental awareness
Imperial goes green for a week of environmental awareness
There was a green theme on campus last week as Imperial students hosted a number of events to mark Go Green Week 2017.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.03.2017
Data is beautiful: outstanding data visualisations recognised at University Research Institute event
Data is beautiful: outstanding data visualisations recognised at University Research Institute event
The Jean Golding Institute's Data is Beautiful competition showcased the best data visualisations at the University.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government
03.03.2017
Roads, rail and flood defence projects could benefit from new Imperial lab
Roads, rail and flood defence projects could benefit from new Imperial lab
Improving construction materials to make infrastructure more sustainable and durable will be the focus of research at a new 5.4 million lab.
Environment/Sustainable Development
02.03.2017
F1 tech tested in bid to make trucks more efficient
F1 tech tested in bid to make trucks more efficient
The technology used in Formula One racing to recover energy from braking will be installed in trucks as part of a pilot project.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.03.2017
NASA rover technology to map nuclear sites
NASA rover technology to map nuclear sites
Lancaster engineers are part of a team which will map some of the world's most radioactive sites using sensing technology mounted on an advanced robotic vehicle.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government
02.03.2017
Mapping future emissions in Wales
Scientists from Cardiff University are developing a tool to forecast Wales's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
01.03.2017
Back to the future of skyscraper design
Back to the future of skyscraper design
Answers to the problem of crippling electricity use by skyscrapers and large public buildings could be ‘exhumed' from ingenious but forgotten architectural designs of the 19th and early 20th century - according to a world authority on climate and building design.
History/Archeology - Environment/Sustainable Development
28.02.2017
Rare prehistoric footprints redefined as 7,000 years old
In a massive time-shift, new analysis conducted by a Cardiff University researcher pushes our understanding of a set of rare human footprints on the Welsh coast back by 3,000 years.
Event - Environment/Sustainable Development
28.02.2017
Pavilion project’s Lottery boost
One of Cardiff University's five Flagship Engagement Projects, Community Gateway, has been successful in its bid for a 50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop ideas to renovate and extend the Grange Pavilion, an old bowls pavilion and green in the heart of Grangetown.
Environment/Sustainable Development
28.02.2017
’Smart handpumps’ predict depths of groundwater in Africa
Researchers from the University's Department of Engineering Science and the School of Geography and the Environment believe they have discovered a new way of accurately estimating groundwater resources in Africa, using low-cost mobile technologies fitted to existing hand pumps. Around one million hand pumps supply groundwater to people in rural Africa.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.02.2017
Q and A: Imperial engineer talks about new solar energy project in Africa
Q and A: Imperial engineer talks about new solar energy project in Africa
Dr Christos Markides talks about a volunteer project he is involved in to build up scientific expertise in solar energy in Africa.
Environment/Sustainable Development
27.02.2017
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets
Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets
Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the 'below 2°C' target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Environment/Sustainable Development - History/Archeology
27.02.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
24.02.2017
Which reefs are the most important to save?
Which reefs are the most important to save?
A list of the world's 50 most important reefs to protect from climate change is being compiled by a global team of world experts including Professor Nick Graham of Lancaster University.
Environment/Sustainable Development
23.02.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.02.2017
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends
A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth's climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL. In a new study , researchers from UCL, University of Cambridge and University of Louvain have combined existing ideas to solve the problem of which solar energy peaks in the last 2.6 million years led to the melting of the ice sheets and the start of a warm period.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.02.2017
Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment
Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment
Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health?
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
15.02.2017
Alien species on the rise globally
Alien species on the rise globally
The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers. Led by scientists from Senckenberg, Germany, and the University of Vienna, Austria, the team found that during the last 200 years, the number of new established alien species has grown continuously worldwide, with more than a third of all first introductions recorded between 1970 and 2014.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
14.02.2017
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Braving the elements at 9am on New Year's Day isn't everyone's idea of fun, but for Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University it has been a way of life for the last 50 years.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
13.02.2017
Opinion: India's militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works
Opinion: India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works
There is a dilemma in contemporary conservation: how to balance modernisation, people's rights and environmentalism.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
10.02.2017
Scientist calls for industrial scale-up of greenhouse gas-eating microbe technology in UK
A leading green energy scientist who uses bacteria to turn greenhouse gases into usable chemicals is calling for more investment from industry and government subsidies to scale up this newest of technologies.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
08.02.2017
Decline in genetic diversity of black rhino
A new strategy of conservation must be adopted if the black rhinoceros is to be saved from extinction, concludes a study involving scientists from Cardiff University. An international team of researchers compared, for the first time, the genes of all living and extinct black rhinoceros populations and found a massive decline in genetic diversity, with 44 of 64 genetic lineages no longer existing.
Environment/Sustainable Development
07.02.2017
New doubts on whether early humans were forced to start farming
The development of agriculture is universally believed to underpin some of the most significant advances made by humans worldwide. In New Guinea, where one of the earliest human experiments with tropical forest agriculture occurred, researchers have cast doubt on two views about the origins of agriculture.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.02.2017
Coal and oil demand to peak by 2020, according to new report
Coal and oil demand to peak by 2020, according to new report
A boom in the popularity of solar panels and electric cars could spark irreversible changes in the energy sector within three years.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Administration/Government
03.02.2017
Multi-million pound energy project gets underway in Wales
A multi-million project set to transform the UK energy sector and tackle some of the biggest challenges currently facing society is underway in Wales.
Environment/Sustainable Development
27.01.2017
Postcard: Understanding fires and herbivores in the Serengeti
James Probert is a PhD candidate in the University's School of Environmental Sciences : "My work in the Serengeti focuses on fire, how it affects herbivores and how we can manage it. The Serengeti is one of the most iconic areas in Africa, home to the famous wildebeest migration, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and a host of protected areas.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
26.01.2017
Imperial innovators named on Forbes 30-under-30 list
Imperial innovators named on Forbes 30-under-30 list
Seven of Imperial's social entrepreneurs have been featured in this year's Forbes 30-under-30 Europe list.
Event - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.01.2017
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