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Rock and roll – Lapworth staff celebrate historic multimillion pound redevelopment grant
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The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology is celebrating the receipt of a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant towards a £2.5 million redevelopment project.
Date:
22/07/2014
The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
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GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
Date:
27/06/2014
The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
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Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014
Athena SWAN award recognises school's commitment to supporting women in academia
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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has won an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its commitment to supporting the careers of women in academia.
Date:
06/05/2014
Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone
Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone
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Doctoral Researcher Thom Davies has written an article for The Independent about life in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.
Date:
29/04/2014
The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
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Professor Rob MacKenzie has written an article for The Conversation entitled "The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog". The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
Date:
03/04/2014
The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
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William Bloss, Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases'. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have discovered new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer. Three new Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which act to destroy ozone, have been identified. This may be bad news for ozone, and potentially also for environmental legislation.
Date:
14/03/2014
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