Categories: big challenge: climate change
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.
Psychologists encourage Gateshead households to expand use of innovative heat networks
Experts in consumer behaviour and behaviour change from Northumbria University are working with Gateshead residents to understand how households are using heat networks, in a bid to expand their use across the borough.
EXPERT COMMENT: Hundreds of rivers and lakes cross international borders – countries need to commit to sharing the water
The Danube River starts in Germany and eventually flows into the Black Sea some 2,850 kilometres and ten countries later. If Germany were to dam or pollute the river, it could potentially affect nine other countries – and four of their capitals.
Research shows the current diversity of tree species has been shaped by climate change over the last 21,000 years
A new global survey of 1,000 forest areas shows how past climate change has had a major impact on the diversity and distribution of the tree species we see today. The results can help to predict how ecosystems will react to future changes, helping to shape conservation management around the globe.
More focus on water management could save moths threatened by climate change in Britain
New research from wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation and Northumbria University has shown that moths adapted to cooler conditions are being lost from parts of Britain as a result of climate change.
Read the latest issue of Northumbria University News: Spring 2023 edition
The Spring 2023 edition of Northumbria University’s newspaper is available to collect on campus or read online now.
EXPERT COMMENT: How art inspired by peatlands can help us confront the climate crisis
In an article originally written for The Conversation, Dr Rosie Everett, lecturer in Forensic Science at Northumbria in collaboration with Benjamin Gearey & Maureen O'Connor from University College Cork, discuss the roles that peatlands have played in our history and how they might be part of the key to our future.
Professor of Energy Innovation elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics
Professor Neil Beattie, a physicist at Northumbria University, has been appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), an accolade that signifies the highest level of membership attainable within the institute.
Thousands tuned into inspiring programme at Design for Planet Festival
It’s just over a month since festival fever gripped Northumbria after the University partnered with the Design Council for the 2022 Design for Planet Festival. Almost 7,000 participants registered for the online event across two days in November, providing more than 40 virtual events and live broadcasts, to coincide with COP27.
Key question around limestone carbon capture to be answered by partnership project
A mystery surrounding the implications of planting trees in areas of limestone bedrock, which is key to helping Britain reach its net zero target, is likely to be solved by a team led by researchers at Northumbria University.
New technology can help combat climate crisis
Scientists have created a novel technology that can help to tackle climate change and address the global energy crisis.
EXPERT COMMENT: Conservation science still rests on how animals can benefit humans
In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Helen Kopnina, from Northumbria's Newcastle Business School, Dr Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University, and Professor Bron Taylor, University of Florida, discuss the need for a fundamental value shift in conservation if we are to help species thrive.
UK-wide net zero target takes a step forward with CO2 recycling project
Carbon dioxide and water could be recycled into renewable future fuels under a new system being developed by engineering experts at Northumbria University. Led by Dr Shahid Rasul, a senior lecturer in the University’s Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, the team has successfully used an inexpensive copper-based catalyst to convert CO2 into both gas and liquid fuels.
State-of-the-art heating project supports sustainability goals
EQUANS, the new name for global energy firm ENGIE’s services and regeneration-led business, has supported Northumbria University in further reducing its carbon footprint thanks to the installation of a £1.7 million high-tech heating system.
North East experts chosen to work with Arctic communities on new climate change technology
Northumbria University researchers are part of a unique team working on a new £1m project to better equip Indigenous communities in the Arctic against the disproportionate impacts of climate change.
Heritage boat building will support mission to reduce plastic pollution
Academics from Northumbria University have travelled to Kenya to help establish a new Heritage Boat Building Training Centre which will use indigenous knowledge and skills to transform single use plastics into traditional sailing vessels.
Northumbria rated as top university in the North East for sustainability
Northumbria University has been rated as ‘first class’ for sustainability and is the highest ranked university in the North East in the latest People & Planet University league table.
Previously unrecorded Chilean tsunami identified
A large earthquake off the coast of south-central Chile in 1737 may have caused a substantial tsunami that was absent from historical records, according to new research published in the Nature journal, Communications Earth & Environment today (Thursday 9 December).
Academic awarded prestigious environmental prize for sustainable clean water project
A project which uses solar energy to turn sea water into clean, safe drinking water has been recognised for its contribution to future sustainability with a world-renowned Energy Globe Award.
Dr Lucy Whalley: “Batteries are a critical piece of the jigsaw in our journey towards net zero.”
The world is facing an unprecedented energy challenge. While many countries around the world have committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, we expect global energy for demand to double from today’s requirements within the same timescale. There is, therefore, an urgent need for sustainable solutions and technologies.