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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

Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods

Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
Description
River scientists and marine geophysicists from the US and UK - and led by the University of Birmingham - have teamed up for a unique collaboration that could help protect the lives of thousands of people who live close to the banks of some of South Asia's biggest rivers.
Date:
07/05/2015

The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur

The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur
Description
When the platypus was discovered in very late 18th century, its bizarre features that appeared to be a mash-up of other animals perplexed naturalists. Now a creature from the past that would have looked like strange mix of unrelated dinosaurs has been discovered. And our research suggests that it belonged to a hitherto unknown lineage of herbivores that lived around 145m years ago, in the Jurassic period.
Date:
28/04/2015
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'Planning for Hyper-diversity in a Global City: The Politics of Diversity in London'

'Planning for Hyper-diversity in a Global City: The Politics of Diversity in London'
Date
11/05/2016
Location:
Aston Webb (R6 on campus map) - WG12
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Mike Raco (UCL) - Wednesday 11 May (13:00-14:00)

'Hipsters on the High Street: retail gentrification, class and disgust'

'Hipsters on the High Street: retail gentrification, class and disgust'
Date
18/05/2016
Location:
Geography and Environmental Sciences Building (R26 on the Edgbaston Campus map) Room 311
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Phil Hubbard, University of Kent - Wednesday 18 May (16:00-17:00)

'Plumbing the Aquatic Conduit for Terrestrial Carbon: How far can we get with the Riparian Zone?'

'Plumbing the Aquatic Conduit for Terrestrial Carbon: How far can we get with the Riparian Zone?'
Date
25/05/2016
Location:
Aston Webb Building - G33
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Kevin Bishop, University of Uppsala - Wednesday 25 May (13:00-14:00)
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