Archive news - 2012

First plants caused ice ages

New research reveals how the arrival of the first plants 470 million years ago triggered a series of ice ages.

Networks of Asylum Support in the UK and USA

Geography academic Dr Nick Gill and his project team have released a report entitled  ‘Networks of Asylum Support in the UK and USA: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and Economic Climate’.

Aerial survey reveals Exmoor's rare peatlands as never seen before

An unmanned aircraft has captured hundreds of images of Exmoor’s peatlands, revealing the condition of this rare environment as never seen before.

Success in Students' Guild Teaching Award nominations

Geography staff have received 4 nominations in three categories for this year’s teaching awards.

Exhibition reveals South West's repair industries as threatened and thriving

An exhibition offering a unique insight into the business of repairing everyday objects opens at the University of Exeter on 11 April.

Research reveals threats to ice sheet stability in West Antarctica

Threats to the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet have been revealed by new research involving the University of Exeter.

Ancient story of Dartmoor tors has an ice-cold twist

Ice extended further across the UK than previously thought and played a part in sculpting the rocky landscape of Dartmoor in South West England during the last Ice Age, according to new research which challenges previously held theories.

Expansion of forests in the European Arctic could result in the release of carbon dioxide

Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed.

Eat less meat and improve farming efficiency to tackle climate change

We need to eat less meat and recycle our waste to rebalance the global carbon cycle and reduce our risk of dangerous levels of climate change

Major changes critical for Energy Bill and Green Deal to succeed

The University of Exeter, SSE, Consumer Focus and WWF, along with representatives from 20 other organisations, have published the results of a series of roundtables on UK energy policy.

Top journal in Geography and Environmental Sciences edited in Exeter

The interdisciplinary journal Global Environmental Change, edited by Prof Neil Adger in Geography and Prof Katrina Brown in the Environment and Sustainability Institute, has been confirmed as the top journal in Geography with the release of the latest impact factors.

Coral reef thriving in sediment-laden waters

Rapid rates of coral reef growth have been identified in sediment-laden marine environments, conditions previously believed to be detrimental to reef growth.

Exeter geographers collaborate with artists on the Jurassic Coast

University of Exeter geographers have helped shape a series of new artworks and special free events for visitors to Hive Beach, Dorset, to enjoy this summer.

Be a scientist for the day in Falmouth

University of Exeter scientists from the Cornwall Campus are inviting local people to join them and become scientists for the day in Falmouth on Friday 17 August.

Exeter student runs seven marathons in seven days

A young Exeter university student will be taking on an amazing personal challenge next weekend when he runs from London to Paris.

Blanket bogs need protection from climate change

Blanket bogs, which provide vital habitats for a unique range of plants, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, are at risk of declining as a result of climate change.

Exeter academics contribute to arts-science debate

Artists, scientists and policy makers will come together at the third Creative Coast Forum event at the University of Exeter on 10 September.

Biosecurity Borderlands Project Conference 2012

A group of leading researchers at the University of Exeter present findings this week from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Biosecurity Borderlands project at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Network gets off the ground

A new Research Network is established to explore the creation of a facility for environmental research and monitoring using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

University academic works with manufacturing giant on project to influence consumer recycling behaviour

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) recently announced the details of a new project led by Dr Stewart Barr in Geography which will try to understand household recycling behaviours.

Research to reveal route to affordable, secure and sustainable energy

What is the best way for people in the UK to have access to affordable, secure and sustainable energy?

Small is Beautiful? A public exhibition of photography

Small is Beautiful? A public exhibition of photography celebrates the completion of a two-year research project.

'Frankenstorm' Sandy bears down on Exeter Critical Zone Observatory

Just in time for Halloween, Hurricane Sandy is due to merge with two continental weather systems to form a rare ‘Perfect Storm’ of epic proportions. The storm is predicted to track directly over the Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory (CRB-CZO).

Inspirational Scientist wins European award for Communicating Research

A University of Exeter academic has been hailed as one of Europe’s best young researchers when she received an award in recognition of her work in making complex science easily accessible.

Cultural dimensions of climate change are underestimated, overlooked and misunderstood

The impact of climate change on many aspects of cultural life for people all over the world is not being sufficiently accounted for by scientists and policy-makers.

Blame, responsibility and demand for change following floods

New research shows that concerns about governmental failure to act effectively and fairly in the aftermath of extreme weather events can affect the degree to which residents are willing to protect themselves.

Double win for water research projects

Two prestigious awards have been presented to projects in which University of Exeter scientists are helping to develop groundbreaking methods to monitor the success of restoration of the South West’s upland peatlands.

Kids go wild for Cornwall’s new science lab

Broadcaster and naturalist Nick Baker has opened a new state-of-the-art teaching laboratory in Cornwall, which will help encourage children to engage with science.