Latest Blogs

  • Getting under the surface of ‘Geoengineering’

    Dr Nils Markusson urges policy makers to look beyond the simplistic definitions and classifications of climate changing technologies to understand better the risks involved.

  • How ‘The Kigali amendment’ will help us all stay a little cooler

    Professor Nigel Paul, who was at the meeting which agreed the recent Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, explains why it will make such a difference  

  • Forget the FTSE 500: the Arctic is the real barometer of global risk

    Humans are naturally risk-averse. We try to avoid disaster zones, and don’t like to fly when there appear to be mechanical problems or heavy fog. However, often information about risk is incomplete, and sometimes we don’t even know the risks we’re taking until after the event. Even for thrill-seekers, identifying and managing risk is a prudent approach.

  • From Lancaster to Antarctica, via Amazonia

    Dr Amy Valach describes her journey from studying an Ecology degree at Lancaster University to becoming a research scientist working in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey.

  • Science on an ice shelf - working in Antarctica

    Dr Amy Valach, who recently finished a PhD in Environmental Science at Lancaster University, writes about her work as a research scientist at the Halley Research Station. Earlier this year she featured on a BBC Horizon programme about Halley, called “Ice Station”.

  • Save our soils!

    Soils are in a bad way and the Government is doing little to help - indeed its policies are making the problems worse, writes Professor John Quinton, welcoming the hard hitting report on soil health, published recently by MPs.

  • Secrets in the sands of Burma

    Himalayan geologist Yani Najman travels to a remote corner of Myanmar to reveal the history of the world’s highest mountains.

  • Tracking the mysterious African river martin

    Dr Stuart Sharp reports back from an expedition to the Congo searching for an elusive African bird, about which almost nothing is known.

  • Meeting the decision makers

    Dr Jacob Phelps and MSc researcher Sophie Banks got a political education when attending global talks on illegal wildlife trade 

  • Work with nature – not against it

    Masters student Duncan Nicholls spent a three month internship researching and mapping schemes which use natural processes to reduce flood risk across Great Britain