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Thursday 16th April 2015

'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:
Thursday 16th April 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 2nd April 2015

'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities

Description
The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Yet, among palaeontologists the Triassic is renowned, and with good reason.
Date:
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Categories:
International, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 5th March 2015

Action on Air Quality: does the government get it?

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The UK government has responded to the Action on Air Quality report of its Environmental Audit Committee. The last two decades of UK/EU air quality policy, and the industry response, reminds me of nothing so much as the kind of school-swot one-upmanship we all remember hearing from clever but immature peers when we were young.
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 26th February 2015

Sporting bodies must up their game in the fight against doping

Description
From Ben Johnson to Lance Armstrong, with countless others in-between, there has been no shortage of high-profile doping scandals to shake the sporting world in recent decades.
Date:
Thursday 26th February 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
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