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Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated

Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated
Description
New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.
Date:
30/01/2017

Birmingham experts launch project to tackle Delhi air pollution health risks

Birmingham experts launch project to tackle Delhi air pollution health risks
Description
Experts at the University of Birmingham are joining forces with partners in India and the UK on a project to help tackle health problems associated with air pollution in Delhi.
Date:
27/01/2017

Chinese environment experts visit Birmingham in research partnership

Chinese environment experts visit Birmingham in research partnership
Description
Environmental experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) today visited their counterparts at the University of Birmingham to continue work on a research partnership that could help solve major problems facing both countries.
Date:
18/01/2017

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and air quality standards

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal and air quality standards
Description
Cycle beating has created a major problem for air quality in European cities which were predicted to come into compliance with air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide by 2010 but have failed to do so.
Date:
12/08/2016

Flooding alleviated by targeted tree planting

Flooding alleviated by targeted tree planting
Description
A study, led by the Universities of Birmingham and Southampton, has shown that strategic planting of trees on floodplains could reduce the height of flooding in towns downstream by up to 20 per cent, according to research published in the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
Date:
11/03/2016

Measuring car emissions under real-world conditions

Measuring car emissions under real-world conditions
Description
Researchers in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences have recently been involved in trialling a new technology to monitor emissions of individual vehicles on real roads, under real conditions.
Date:
23/02/2016

Dangerous pollution levels in shisha bars

Dangerous pollution levels in shisha bars
Description
Revellers in shisha bars experience pollution levels higher than those in smog-hit Beijing, according to a report – the first UK study of its kind.
Date:
05/02/2016

Working with China to tackle air pollution

Working with China to tackle air pollution
Description
The University of Birmingham is embarking upon several new research collaborations with top universities and research institutes in China in the general area of atmospheric science - specifically looking at the causes and impacts of poor air quality and atmospheric pollution events in Beijing, and the prediction of future extreme weather events in China and East Asia.
Date:
06/01/2016

The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle

The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle
Description
I doubt that John Martyn was thinking about the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to wood when he wrote his 1970s classic, Solid Air. His lyrics focus on the difficulty of moving forward through life as though through solid air. But, as metaphors go, it could hardly be better suited to the springtime reawakening of the plant world.
Date:
17/04/2015

Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?

Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?
Description
A research team in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences are recruiting volunteers living on roads with heavy traffic, to take part in a research project investigating personal exposure to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities, such as sitting in traffic and cooking.
Date:
15/04/2015
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