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The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy
The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy
Description
Alan Herbert, Senior Lecturer in Radioactive Waste Disposal and Remediation, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy'. If fracking is to be a viable option for energy production, the industry must find a way to deal with the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) that are released as a byproduct of the process. These radioactive materials and their environmental consequences must be accounted for.
Date:
10/03/2014
Call for volunteers for air pollution research project
Description
We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a research project investigating personal exposures to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities such as traffic and cooking. If you are interested, please contact Ms Maryam Shehab (MAS247@bham.ac.uk) or phone: +44 (0)121 414 5557.
Date:
03/03/2014
The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
Description
Richard Butler, Birmingham Fellow & Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs'. Dinosaurs are stereotypical symbols of failure, because, apart from birds, none of their lineage have survived. A massive meteorite strike caused their mass extinction about 65 million years ago. But this event negatively skews our perception of the dinosaur story. In fact, far from failures, dinosaurs were highly successful.
Date:
03/01/2014
Major £15 million gift to the University of Birmingham enables creation of Forest Research Institute
Description
A new Institute for Forest Research will be established by the University of Birmingham to study the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands, and the resilience of trees to pests and diseases, thanks to a transformational gift of £15 million.
Date:
13/11/2013
New NERC doctoral training partnership award led by the University of Birmingham
Description
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has just announced the results of a funding competition for doctoral training to replace its algorithm system and CENTA is one of the successful partnerships with an award valued at £4.9M.
Date:
07/11/2013
New training course: The Practical use of mini- and micro-UAS for the Environmental Sciences
New training course: The Practical use of mini- and micro-UAS for the Environmental Sciences
Description
Rick Thomas and Rob MacKenzie have secured funding from the Natural Environment Research Council to run a training course for PhD students on the practical use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, sometimes called "drones") for research in the Earth and environmental sciences.
Date:
29/10/2013
The Conversation: Not just weapons of war: drones hold much potential for civilians
The Conversation: Not just weapons of war: drones hold much potential for civilians
Description
Rob MacKenzie, Professor of Atmospheric Science, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Not just weapons of war: drones hold much potential for civilians'. Robotic aircraft, or drones, are a much-debated military technology. But while this change in military capability challenges our shared senses of threat and protection, robotic aircraft have also been changing the way we do all kinds of other important things.
Date:
22/10/2013
Environmental Health student awarded gold medal for Graduate of the Year 2013
Description
A student who graduated with MSc in Environmental Health with Distinction in October 2012 has been awarded the Gold Medal as Graduate of the Year 2013 by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Date:
13/10/2013
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