Current and forthcoming news and events from with Environmental Sciences Current and forthcoming news and events from with Environmental Sciences

Girls Into Physics

On Tuesday 7th July 20 year 10 students from King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds took place in an activity day at UEA to learn more about Physics of the Environment.  Further pictures are on the ENV Facebook page:

UK retailers look for sustainable palm oil

Supermarket prices for palm oil will likely rise in the UK as leading consumer products companies commit to sourcing the ingredient from sustainable farms. This follows research from ENV and the University of Vermont, which showed that supermarkets can help endangered animals by increasing the price of products containing palm oil and putting the money into conservation. Read more here .

Fossil fuel companies ‘should be made to invest in carbon capture and storage’

Fossil fuel companies should be made to invest as much in carbon storage as they do in exploring for new coal, oil and gas reserves, according to Prof Corinne Le Quéré (ENV) and academics from Oxford University. Read more here .  

Hydroelectric dams blamed for loss of tropical forest diversity

A new study by ENV, led by former UEA PhD student Dr Maíra Benchimol, reveals the effects of the major Amazonian Balbina Dam on tropical rainforest biodiversity. Prof Carlos Peres (ENV) quoted.  Further information here.

Declining winter sea ice near Greenland spells cooler climate for Europe

A new study from Prof Ian Renfrew (ENV), in collaboration with the Universities of Toronto and Bergen, shows that retreating sea ice may be changing the circulation of warm and cold water in the Atlantic Ocean, and this could affect the climate in Europe. Read more here

Higher prices for sustainable palm oil could save endangered species

Higher supermarket prices for eco-friendly palm oil could help save endangered species – according to University of East Anglia (UEA) research.   Read this full article

Critically endangered species should be left to breed in the wild

Some near-extinct species should be encouraged to breed in the wild rather than in captivity - according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Read this full article  

Working Group for Student Representation and revised UEA Code of Practice consultation

The UEA has formed a Working Group to consider Student Representation across the Schools on committees such as the ENV Undergraduate Affairs and the Postgraduate Taught Affairs Committees.  A revised UEA Code of Practice for Student Representation has been drafted and has been made available for review by students and staff at:   Draft UEA Code of Practice for Student Representation and Cover Sheet The Working Group will meet to finalise the Code of Practice mid-June 2015 and...

Unleashing Grassroots Innovations for Sustainability

The quest for sustainability’s holy grail will be the subject of a keynote presentation by Gill Seyfang (3S, UEA) at the European Society for Ecological Economics 2015 conference. Her challenge is to find the key to unleashing the transformative potential of grassroots innovations , such as sustainable money, food, energy, housing, transport and food systems, whose achievements and efforts are too often marginalised and unsupported. Drawing on two decades of research...

Expanding rubber plantations ‘catastrophic’ for endangered species in Southeast Asia

Demand for natural rubber fuelled by the tyre industry is threatening protected parts of Southeast Asia - according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Read this full press release