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Thursday 12th September 2013

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

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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
Friday 26th July 2013

2012 and the 'Legacy' Games: assessing the Olympic Legacy one year on

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For many years sport has been viewed by political elites as a panacea of all ills. In particular sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, are looked upon as opportunities to transform, increase, improve and grow anything from mass participation in physical activity, to urban regeneration, economic growth and a nation's international image. The benefits derived from such events are termed 'legacies,' and the promise of them materialising is often used as the chief justificatory discourse for the investment of large sums of public finance into hosting a sports mega-event at the outset.
Date:
Friday 26th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Wednesday 17th July 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
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Professor Nikos Ntoumanis' Birmingham Brief about the science behind Andy Murray's success at Wimbledon 2013.
Date:
Wednesday 17th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Thursday 24th March 2011

Is our atmosphere a commodity?

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This week is Climate Week but has anyone noticed? Events in Libya and Japan have quite rightly grabbed both the headlines and the inside pages of the media. Nevertheless, climate events have been running throughout the country to try and show that climate should still be high on the nation's agenda. 23 March, as well as being Budget Day in the UK, was also World Meteorological Day commemorating the founding of the World Meteorological Organisation in 1950. The theme this year is 'Climate for you'.
Date:
Thursday 24th March 2011
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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