Topics: Environment, Energy
Major Antarctic glacier passed a tipping point in the last 80 years, research reveals
Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has gone through an irreversible retreat, passing a tipping point within the last 80 years, researchers have found. The findings, which are published in the influential journal Nature Climate Change, have emerged when world leaders gather in Dubai to debate the impacts of climate change at the COP28 conference.
First university hosting of international volunteering conference highlights value of collaboration
Northumbria University has been confirmed as the first academic institution to host the prestigious International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) conference organised annually by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, known as Forum, in 2024.
Northumbria partners with ACCESS: Policy to give students unique access to the world of policy making
Ten students from Northumbria University are the first to take part in a new intensive programme providing an insight into addressing emerging global challenges through policy.
Read the latest issue of Northumbria University News: Autumn 2023 edition
The Autumn 2023 edition of Northumbria University’s newspaper is available to collect on campus or read online now.
Climate change is ‘in our hands’
Pupils from a North East Primary School have collaborated with scientists to design a board game which allows young people to explore the issue of climate change and discuss the actions that can be taken in response to this global challenge.
EXPERT COMMENT: Our new map reveals the effects of 20th century land-use and climate change on Britain’s wild species
In an article written for The Conversation*, Andrew Suggitt, Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University, and Alistair Auffret, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, discuss how making a new map of land-use change for Great Britain helped their research into the extinction crisis.
EXPERT COMMENT: Increasing melting of West Antarctic ice shelves may be unavoidable – new research
In an article written for the Conversation, Jan De Rydt, Associate Professor of Polar Glaciology and Oceanography at Northumbria University, along with Ocean-Ice Modeller Kaitlin Naughten and Ocean and Ice Scientist Paul Holland, both from the British Antarctic Survey, discuss their recent research findings on the warming of the West Antarctic ice sheet.
Researcher’s knowledge called upon for new Netflix series, Life on Our Planet
Insights from an expert in past climates at Northumbria University have been used to help inform the science and technology behind a much-anticipated new Netflix series which promises to bring the Earth’s oldest creatures back to life.
Increased West Antarctic ice sheet melting is ‘unavoidable’, say scientists
The West Antarctic ice sheet will continue to increase its rate of melting over the rest of the century, no matter how much we reduce fossil fuel use, according to British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research, supported by Northumbria University, and published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
EXPERT COMMENT: Building on the greenbelt is central to solving the housing crisis – just look at how the edges of cities have changed
In an article written for The Conversation, Cameron McEwan, Associate Professor in Architecture at Northumbria University and Andreas Lechner, Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology, focus their research on the urban-nature divide, providing a solution of building on the greenbelt to solve the housing crisis.
New research centre driving economic growth and sustainability
Northumbria University is one of six northern institutions driving a new £5m research initiative to help boost UK economic growth and address regional needs.
Humanity for Habitat – saving nature at home
The important role of managing residential gardens and yards to promote biodiversity is the focus of a new study led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and co-authored by an academic from Northumbria University.
EXPERT COMMENT Sycamore Gap: what the long life of a single tree can tell us about centuries of change
Only a few individual trees could be rightly labelled as world famous, but the tree at Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall in northern England was one of them. No wonder its recent felling provoked public outcry and collective mourning.
Northumbria Professors named Academy of Social Sciences Fellows
Two environmental experts from Northumbria University are among 47 leading social scientists to be elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.
EXPERT COMMENT: Was the freak ‘medicane’ storm that devastated Libya a glimpse of North Africa’s future?
Mike Rogerson, Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria university, Dr Mahjoor Lone, Research Fellow in the department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University, and Belkasem Alkaryani, Lecturer in Geology at the University of Tobruk, discuss the environmental situation facing North Africa.
New research brings greater understanding of Asian winter monsoon
Scientists have discovered a new technique which will shed light on the phenomena of winter monsoons – the heavy autumn and winter rainfalls which can cause floods and landslides across southeast Asia.
EXPERT COMMENT: Fashion industry’s environmental impact is largely unknown – here’s why
Dr Alana James, Assistant Professor in Fashion at Northumbria University, discusses the environmental uncertainty facing the fashion industry.
Poison project wins Northumbria University Chemistry and Forensic Science team an award
An innovative project led by Northumbria University’s Applied Sciences Department has won a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Inspirational Committee Award 2023.
Environmental impact of fashion industry under scrutiny
It is often described as fashion’s dirty secret, and in recent years there has been increasing recognition of the global environmental impact of the textile industry – however, the true scale of the problem is still not fully understood.
Students and graduates shine in national design competition
Northumbria School of Design excelled once again in London at New Designers 2023, which recognises rising stars whose unique work highlights key themes such as sustainability, mental health, diversity and other vital areas of responsible design.