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Independent report into conditions in Calais migrant camps outlines failure to meet recommended standards

Independent report into conditions in Calais migrant camps outlines failure to meet recommended standards
Description
An independent report of the Calais migrant camps, the first of its kind, has confirmed the perilous conditions facing the occupants, which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
Date:
03/10/2015

Ice samples from Greenland and Russia provide clues to past and future climate change, experts discover

Ice samples from Greenland and Russia provide clues to past and future climate change, experts discover
Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered evidence of carbonaceous aerosols - organic dust - transported from Asia and deposited in the Arctic over the last 450 years, according to research published today (28th September) in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
Date:
28/09/2015

Sampling methane and CO2 in the South Atlantic using UAVs

Sampling methane and CO2 in the South Atlantic using UAVs
Description
Dr Rick Thomas is part of a team of scientists and engineers who have successfully sampled methane and CO2 gases in the remote South Atlantic with the aid of an autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) octocopter.
Date:
07/09/2015

The Conversation: How a wobbly axis helped our planet escape 'snowball Earth

The Conversation: How a wobbly axis helped our planet escape 'snowball Earth
Description
The idea of a deep-frozen world, "snowball Earth", has captured the imagination since first proposed in the 1990s. On several occasions in history, long before animals evolved, apparently synchronous ice sheets existed on all the continents. However, much like falling into a crevasse on a glacier, it's easy enough to enter such an ice age, but very difficult to escape.
Date:
26/08/2015

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
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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
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'Setting urban morphological methodology in context'

Date
04/10/2016
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Vitor Oliveira, Centre for Territory, Transport and Environment, University of Porto, Portugal - Tuesday 4 October (14:00-15:00)

'Geography and architecture: reflections on the art of place-making'

Date
19/10/2016
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Peter Kraftl, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham - Wednesday 19 October (14:00-15:00)

'The robust city'

Date
02/11/2016
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Tony Hall, Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia - Wednesday 2 November (14:00-15:00)

'Is urban morphology coherent? A brief look at how concepts fit together'

Date
23/11/2016
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Karl Kropf, Builtform Resource Ltd, UK - Wednesday 23 November (14:00-15:30)

'Research and practice in urban morphology'

Date
07/12/2016
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Laura Narvaez Zertuche, Foster + Partners Limited - Wednesday 7 December (14:00-15:30)
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