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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
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

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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
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'Urban Morphology and the UNESCO historic urban landscape approach'

Date
08/02/2017
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Falli Palaiologou, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London - Wednesday 8 February (14:00-15:00)

'The protection and renewal of historic city cores in China: the case of Foshan'

Date
17/02/2017
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Zheng Jiao, Foshan Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, Foshan, China - Friday 17 February (14:00-15:30)
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