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

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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?
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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

Air pollution in Delhi is worse during winter, international research study shows

Air pollution in Delhi is worse during winter, international research study shows
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As the cold weather sets in, a quantitative analysis on particulate matter (PM) in Delhi has highlighted that residents are exposed to significantly higher levels of air pollutants in the Indian capital during winter than in summer.
Date:
02/12/2014

Laser scientists' new research should improve the treatment of the 5 million asthma sufferers in the UK

Laser scientists' new research should improve the treatment of the 5 million asthma sufferers in the UK
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GEES researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the 5 million people in the UK suffering from asthma.
Date:
14/11/2014

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot
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Pollution from soot and ozone has caused a major decrease of crop yields in India, with some densely populated states experiencing 50% relative yield losses. Zongbo Shi argues that to ensure the world has enough food, we need to look directly at air pollution.
Date:
04/11/2014

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not
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To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK's former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are "widely exaggerated". A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration?
Date:
17/10/2014

The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

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Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'

The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
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Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014

The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog

The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
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Professor Rob MacKenzie has written an article for The Conversation entitled "The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog". The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
Date:
03/04/2014

The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases

The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
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William Bloss, Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases'. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have discovered new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer. Three new Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which act to destroy ozone, have been identified. This may be bad news for ozone, and potentially also for environmental legislation.
Date:
14/03/2014
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