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Water deficiency in rivers could profoundly harm aquatic life
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Research led by Mark Ledger has shown that critically low water levels in many rivers could lead to the partial collapse of food chains that support aquatic life. The research, which has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change, forms the conclusion to one of the longest experiments on drought ever conducted in freshwaters.
Date:
14/09/2012
Rapid re-colonisation of river after extreme flood
Description
After being virtually eliminated during a flood in 2005 in Wolf Point Creek, Alaska, salmon, meiofauna and most macroinvertebrates all re-colonised within two years, according to research led by Sandy Milner, and published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Date:
10/09/2012
Researching the air pollution filtering effects of green walls
Researching the air pollution filtering effects of green walls
Description
Professor Rob MacKenzie, in collaboration with researchers from Lancaster University, has produced a paper which suggests that by 'greening up' our streets a massive 30% reduction in pollution could be achieved.
Date:
30/08/2012
Environmental Science programmes receive accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
Environmental Science programmes receive accreditation from the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
Description
Our undergraduate programmes in Environmental Science have been accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). Accreditation by this professional organisation reflects the high quality our degree programmes and recognises the excellence in teaching, learning and research aligned with professional development and practice.
Date:
29/08/2012
£370K grant awarded to investigate relationship between prison visitation and reoffending in the UK
Description
Dominique Moran and Louise Dixon (Psychology) have been successful in obtaining funding from the ESRC for a project entitled 'Breaking the Cycle? Prison Visitation and Recidivism in the UK' (£370k fEC). This 3-year interdisciplinary project will provide a new perspective on prison visitation and its relationship to the highly topical issue of recidivism.
Date:
29/08/2012
Lee Chapman and colleagues win £109K grant for rail planning project
Lee Chapman and colleagues win £109K grant for rail planning project
Description
Lee Chapman and colleagues from Civil Engineering have been successful in obtaining £109k from FP7 as part of the LivingRail (Planning rail towards 2050) project.
Date:
29/08/2012
Publication of significant new text: Speleothem Science
Publication of significant new text: Speleothem Science
Description
Last month saw the publication of a new text by Ian Fairchild and former Birmingham staff member Andy Baker which concerns cave archives of environmental change.
Date:
18/05/2012
Olympic hopes for final year Geography student and hockey ace
Olympic hopes for final year Geography student and hockey ace
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'As a child I always had aspirations to go to the Olympics and represent my sport at the highest level, but not until recently did I realise that I wanted to do this as a full-time occupation for the foreseeable future'. So says Susie Gilbert, final year Geography student and women's Olympic hockey hopeful.
Date:
04/04/2012
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