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UEA research shows how bacteria could combat greenhouse gas

New research from the University of East Anglia reveals how bacteria could help protect the environment by ‘mopping up’ methane.  Read this full article:

Environmental Science student Callum joins the Land Trust

A University of East Anglia (UEA) student will gain invaluable hands-on experience working with parks across the country after being appointed to a Junior Operations Officer role with the Land Trust. Callum James, who is currently studying Environment Science, earned a 12-month position with the national land management charity after impressing with his enthusiasm, environmental knowledge and relentless ambition to expand his learning. In his new role Callum will support the Land...

Can Climate action by business and mayors save the planet?

Prof Andrew Jordan (ENV) discusses international climate goals in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference. More information here

RRS James Cook Gears for Whittard Canyon Survey

ENV has supplied an underwater seaglider to take part in an expedition to the Atlantic to survey a giant deep-sea canyon, more information here.

Ford sees a definite future for homegrown rubber

According to ENV research, demand for natural rubber fuelled by the tyre industry is threatening protected parts of Southeast Asia. Read more here

Agrarian settlements drive severe tropical deforestation across the Amazon

Resettlement projects in the Amazon are driving severe tropical deforestation – according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Câmara dos Deputados (the Brazilian Lower House).  Read this full article

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.