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Thursday 16th March 2017

A cool change is coming and business needs to get ready

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The Government announced in it's Spring Budget this month that it would publish a call for evidence on the use of red diesel, especially in urban areas, suggesting the refrigerated logistics industry needs to brace for change.
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Thursday 16th March 2017
Thursday 2nd March 2017

Poor air quality: a scientific, health and policy issue

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Public interest in air pollution has fluctuated greatly in recent years, but is now at a high level with frequent reports in the press. While real progress has been made in reducing concentrations of some air quality pollutants, others remain at unacceptably high levels. An episode of very poor air quality in the second half of January stimulated a great deal of media interest, despite the fact that similar episodes have occurred many times in the past.
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Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 23rd February 2017

The appliance of science and the taming of artistic licence

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To what extent can we use works of landscape art as proxy data for what the environment was actually like at the time of painting? Artists like Monet and John Constable can be trusted if care is taken to understand what the artist was trying to achieve. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was first exhibited in 1831 at the Royal Academy by John Constable.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
Thursday 16th February 2017

Will the Race Equality Charter make a difference to the white academy?

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Higher education is considered to be liberal, progressive and inclusive. Yet when we look at the recent statistics released by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), they suggest that this is far from the case.
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Thursday 16th February 2017
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