Prehistoric homes would have failed modern air quality tests
Domestic burning of wood and dung fuels in neolithic homes would have exceeded internationally-agreed standards for indoor air quality, exposing inhabitants to unsafe levels of particulates.
Scientists determine cause of devastating Indian flood
A Northumbria University geomorphologist is among a team of international scientists to investigate the cause of the Uttarakhand flood in India earlier this year, which left more than 200 people dead or missing.
Evidence of Antarctic glacier’s tipping point confirmed for first time
Researchers have confirmed for the first time that Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica could cross tipping points, leading to a rapid and irreversible retreat which would have significant consequences for global sea level.
Fungi in a warmer world – research project will explore impact of global warming on fungi species
Scientists from universities in the UK, US and Argentina are joining forces in a $1m research project to discover what impact an increase in global temperatures could have on the millions of species of fungi around the world.
Blanket of rock debris offers glaciers more protection from climate change than previously known
A new study has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier melt and sea level rise, could be significant. The Northumbria University study is published in Nature Geoscience this week and is the first to manually verify the rock debris cover on every one of the Earth’s glaciers.
EXPERT COMMENT: Is ‘build build build’ really the best way forward for England’s planning system?
Alister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography and an expert in urban planning and infrastructure at Northumbria University, writes for The Conversation on proposals to change the UK's planning system.
Antarctic ice walls protect against rising sea levels
A vital role that floating Antarctic ice shelves play in preventing catastrophic sea level rises has been proven for the first time in a new study, published in the scientific journal Nature.
Climate change could shrink vital tropical rainfall belt
A tropical rainfall belt providing critical summer rains to billions of people is at risk of shrinking due to future climate warming, according to new research.
EXPERT COMMENT - Antarctica’s first zero emission research station shows that sustainable living is possible anywhere
In this recent article written for The Conversation, Dr Kate Winter, a Research Fellow of Antarctic Science at Northumbria University, shares her experience of living in a zero-emissions base in Antarctica to highlight how life with no carbon emissions could be possible.
EXPERT COMMENT: Ruffled feathers: angry Britons’ battle with dive-bombing birds moves inland
Mike Jeffries, Teaching Fellow in Ecology, writes about the problem of dive-bombing seagulls for The Conversation.
European students expand their horizons at Northumbria
Students from Italy, The Netherlands, Romania and Spain joined Gateshead College students for a series of interactive talks hosted by Department of Geography at Northumbria University.
EXPERT COMMENT: The captivating “personalities” of the animal stars in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Mike Jeffries, Teaching Fellow in Ecology at Northumbria University, writes about the experiences of invertebrates participating in TV reality show 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'.
EXPERT COMMENT: Snow leopard ‘rape’: what was really going on?
Mike Jeffries, Teaching Fellow in Ecology at Northumbria University, writes about the anthropomorphism of animals in response to the recent episode of BBC One's Planet Earth II.
EXPERT COMMENT: Santorini eruption: new theory says ‘pyroclastic flows’ caused devastating Bronze Age tsunamis
Matthew Pound, Lecturer in Physical Geography at Northumbria University, writes about the Santorini eruption for The Conversation.
EXPERT COMMENT: Filthy rich? Insects prefer to live in wealthier houses research says
Mike Jeffries, Teaching Fellow in Ecology at Northumbria, writes about households becoming biodiversity hotspots for The Conversation.
Close ‘en-counters’ of the geographical kind
A new exhibition exploring how young people perceive and map the city’s geography will launch at The Holy Biscuit during Newcastle’s Late Shows, starting tonight.
Northumbria to host science and innovation workshop in Brazil
A Geography academic will help lead a workshop in Brazil after being awarded a share of a prestigious £375m fund.
Multicultural Britain under threat?
The impact of immigration legislation on the UK’s ‘everyday borders’ was among the topics discussed at a special panel and film screening at Northumbria University recently.
Everyday borders explored
A documentary film screening at Northumbria University next week chaired by Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah will help raise awareness of the impact of immigration laws on multi-cultural Britain.