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Thursday 6th February 2014

Flooding, dredging and the here and now of environmental controversies

Flooding, dredging and the here and now of environmental controversies
Description
The unprecedented levels of rainfall in southern parts of Britain this winter (with the wettest January since records began) have brought widespread flooding. But is the unusual weather the only cause?
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 2nd January 2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
Description
In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
Thursday 2nd January 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 17th October 2013

Strategic plant conservation could stave off global hunger

Strategic plant conservation could stave off global hunger
Description
Some may believe plant conservation to be some what esoteric, an occupation for Victorian gentlemen and women gathering orchids on the Downs or more generically maintaining the Amazon rainforest. But the truth today is that more often plant conservation is directly linked to some form of benefit to humankind, the ecosystem services or benefits provided by plants are in fact sustaining our own species – conserving plant diversity now means our children and their children have options for their wellbeing and happiness in the future.
Date:
Thursday 17th October 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 12th September 2013

Fracking: Why the risks of earthquakes or drinking water contamination are minimal

Description
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, reignited the row over fracking this week, when he insisted this method of extracting shale gas was no 'great evil' and could act as a bridge to a 'green future' in the UK so long as it was properly regulated. The UK is thought to have significant reserves of shale gas and the government is encouraging the industry to exploit these resources as our North Sea gas reserves are depleting.
Date:
Thursday 12th September 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
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