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Latest news from the Environmental Health Sciences research group.

Professor Lee Chapman awarded Innovation in Meteorology prize

Professor Lee Chapman awarded Innovation in Meteorology prize
Description
Professor Lee Chapman has been awarded The Harry Otten Prize for Innovation in Meteorology, for his idea of using low-cost sensors and the Internet of Things to advance weather forecasts.
Date:
07/09/2017

Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems

Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Description
Researchers have warned of an 'urgent worldwide need' to address a broad spectrum of cascading impacts of glacier mass loss on downstream systems.
Date:
05/09/2017

Using forests to manage carbon: a heated debate

Using forests to manage carbon: a heated debate
Description
Professor Michael Tausz, Director of Birmingham Institute of Forest Research at the University of Birmingham, discusses using forests to manage carbon in the Birmingham Brief.
Date:
20/07/2017

Volcanic 'plumerang' could impact human health

Volcanic 'plumerang' could impact human health
Description
A new study has found a previously undetected potential health risk from the high concentration of small particles found in a boomerang-like return of a volcanic plume.
Date:
13/06/2017

Forest Research facility shortlisted for major design awards

Forest Research facility shortlisted for major design awards
Description
The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) has been shortlisted for an award for its innovative FACE facility by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Date:
16/05/2017

Professor Roy Harrison OBE elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Roy Harrison OBE elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
Description
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Roy Harrison OBE has today been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to science.
Date:
05/05/2017

Unique experiment set to reveal the effects of climate change on the forests of the future

Unique experiment set to reveal the effects of climate change on the forests of the future
Description
A major new decade-long experiment to study the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands is launching today. The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) will assess the impact of raised carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on whole forest ecosystems by artificially raising the CO2 level around patches of mature woodland.
Date:
03/04/2017

Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon

Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon
Description
Iron particles generated by cities and industry are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea – potentially increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that the world's oceans can absorb, a new study suggests.
Date:
01/03/2017

Solar geometry sheds new light on a major Constable work

Solar geometry sheds new light on a major Constable work
Description
A re-examination of the iconic John Constable work, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, has found that the original 1831 exhibited version of the painting did not have a rainbow – and that it was added later to correspond with the time of his best friend's death over a year later.
Date:
20/02/2017

Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated

Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated
Description
New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.
Date:
30/01/2017
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