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New research sheds light on end of Snowball Earth period

New research sheds light on end of Snowball Earth period
Description
The second ice age during the Cryogenian period was not followed by the sudden and chaotic melting-back of the ice as previously thought, but ended with regular advances and retreats of the ice, according to research published by scientists from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in the journal Nature Geoscience today (24 August 2015).
Date:
24/08/2015

The Conversation: Will 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics fall victim to mega-event syndrome?

The Conversation: Will 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics fall victim to mega-event syndrome?
Description
Beijing has successfully fought off Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2022 Winter Olympics. China's capital forged ahead with its bid despite concerns that its games will take place over an unprecedented geographical area and will require a set of colossal construction projects, and now the work will begin.
Date:
31/07/2015

The Conversation: 'Is this really Europe?': refugees in Calais speak of desperate conditions

The Conversation: 'Is this really Europe?': refugees in Calais speak of desperate conditions
Description
Cameron has pledged that the UK government will do everything it can to deal with this situation, but sitting in the detritus of the Calais camp, it is clear that the real crisis is humanitarian and is being fatally overlooked.
Date:
30/07/2015

Sochi Winter Olympics 'cost billions more than estimated'

Sochi Winter Olympics 'cost billions more than estimated'
Description
As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing (China) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of last year's Games in Sochi, Russia, has been underestimated by billions of dollars.
Date:
28/07/2015

Should we all escape to the country during a heatwave?

Should we all escape to the country during a heatwave?
Description
A new way of mapping temperatures in a city will allow local authorities to consider areas with the most vulnerable people in future heatwave plans.
Date:
07/07/2015

First-year student to work alongside researchers on early reptile and amphibian footprints study

Description
First-year Palaeobiology and Palaeoenvironments BSc student Luke Meade has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Bursary from the Palaeontological Association.
Date:
10/06/2015

Minding the gap… city bats won't fly through bright spaces

Minding the gap… city bats won't fly through bright spaces
Description
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have discovered that bats living in a city are less likely to move from tree to tree in brightly lit areas, according to research published online today (5th June 2015) in the journal Global Change Biology.
Date:
08/06/2015

Award for former MSc Environmental Health student

Award for former MSc Environmental Health student
Description
Gam Bahadur Gurung, a former MSc Environmental Health student (2013-14), has been awarded the Environmental Protection UK 'best research project for indoor air quality' prize for his dissertation entitled 'To investigate the exposure to Carbon Monoxide (CO) and PM2.5 levels inside the shisha premises of Birmingham in collaboration with Birmingham City Council (BCC)'.
Date:
12/05/2015
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'Urban Emotions meets Live Geography - Fusing Data from Human and Technical Sensors'

'Urban Emotions meets Live Geography - Fusing Data from Human and Technical Sensors'
Date
10/02/2016
Location:
Aston Webb Building - G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Asst. Prof. Bernd Resch, University of Salzburg - Wednesday 10 February (13:00-14:00)

'Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development'

'Geology of the 5/22-1 exploration well, Rockall Trough, offshore NW Ireland: the role of break-up magmatism on trap development'
Date
15/02/2016
Location:
Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Part of the Lapworth Lecture Series. Speaker: Professor Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson, Imperial College, London - Monday 15 February (17:00-18:00)

'Multinationals and Regional Development'

'Multinationals and Regional Development'
Date
17/02/2016
Location:
Biosciences NG08
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Dr Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics) - Wednesday 17 February (16:00-17:00)

'Austerity and economic development governance in England'

'Austerity and economic development governance in England'
Date
24/02/2016
Location:
School of Education G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Andy Pike, Newcastle University - Wednesday 24 February (13:00-14:00)

'The ophiolite enigma resolved?'

'The ophiolite enigma resolved?'
Date
14/03/2016
Location:
Lecture Theatre WG5, Ground Floor, Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Part of the Lapworth Lecture Series. Speaker: Professor John Dewey, University of Oxford - Monday 14 March (17:00-18:00)
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