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The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
Description
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
Description
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
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
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