Carbon nanotubes are thinner than a human hair, stronger than steel and incredibly light.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is making waves in the environmentalist world.
How will the energy industry reach energy security at a time where the population is growing?
A recent study suggests a unique solution to ‘re-stocking’ arctic sea ice being destroyed by increasing global temperatures
This month, a ruling banning fracking exploration in Lancashire on environmental grounds was overturned. Is fracking here to stay?
As part of The Building Centre’s Adaptive Structures exhibition, this panel discussion will start reflecting on the possibilities offered by the new engineering design paradigm of Adaptive Structures and will explore the meaning of adaptability from other perspectives including experiential and environmental. Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday buildings structures are designed […]
A farmer can remember what has happened last year and the year before, and can prepare accordingly. But what about plants? How can they pass on their experience to their offspring?
Would you want a quarry near your house? Driven by EU law, environmental impact assessment is now a requirement for developers planning mineral extraction, waste disposal sites and major housing schemes. Initially, the emphasis lay on the prevention of environmental damage, but very rapidly this shifted into the language of ‘sustainability’, and what might be […]
Feed your curiosity at our daytime discussions. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiment, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour. Bring your sarnies with you. First come, first seated. Public health nutritionist Alan Dangour makes connections between the […]
Have we done enough to help our planet? Discover what we could be doing for the future in order to; become more sustainable, to be less dependent on Earth’s natural resources and to generally do better. Come and visit I, Science at Sew-lar and the City, investigate the future of solar energy in our cities whilst utilising your sewing […]
Growing concern for the environment has encouraged us to see that we can make a contribution to biodiversity by changing how we design and use our gardens. This talk will look at the emergence of wildlife gardening in a number of locations ranging from homes to schools to businesses. Professor Justin Dillon will give a […]
Claire Carter a PhD student at SPRU, University of Sussex and member of the Sussex Energy Group last year completed a research scholarship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The research output “Future of Natural Gas in the UK” POSTnote was published in November 2015. This briefing considers potential future pathways for the […]
How do we shift from a three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all? What will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can’t afford to burn or from the much wider linear […]
Groundwater is an important source of drinking water in London and elsewhere, but the legacy of the UK’s industrial revolution includes contamination at an extreme and increasingly widely-realised scale. Drawing on research in the English Midlands, the lecture will explore how mining, metal-based manufacturing, and the oil industry have produced an environmental conundrum that is […]
The bodies of murder victims, either whole or in pieces, often finish up in rivers and canals. For the last fifteen years or so, Carolyn Roberts has worked as an Expert Witness with various UK police forces to apply the principles of environmental science in murder investigations. In these most tragic and gruesome settings, environmental science can help […]
We interviewed UK politicians, environment advocates and students who attended the Imperial College Climate Symposium last month.
Artist Susan Schuppli leads a walk in Tate Modern’s surrounding area reflecting on the materiality of sunsets and the politics of light. Why is the sun now setting further west in the arctic regions? How do atmospheric pollutants supercharge the colours of our sunsets? When the sun goes down our AM radio reception fade and […]
Emma Brown looks at how new genetic research on the mysterious and fragile world of the American eel might help conservation projects
Sarah Gaunt on how we know whether it’s safe to go for a swim
The Moon may provide insights into the organic evolution of the early solar system
Freshwater ecosystems are essential to life on earth yet they receive little conservation attention and these efforts are poorly resourced. The meeting will highlight the importance of the integrity of the freshwater environment and the associated biodiversity by using three species-focussed case studies.
Madeleine Hurry on what makes ants fight or give way, in the rainforests of Borneo
In the first online-only feature from I, Science Issue 30, Jess Norris finds out how our genes and environment – and our smell – affect who we fall in love with
Economic growth has undoubtedly improved human livelihoods yet has equally convincingly had negative effects on the environment. Scientists are considering introducing a new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene, to capture humanity’s impact on Earth’s ecosystems. . This debate will bridge developmental and ecological economics with political and environmental science to explore how humanity can manage economic growth and biodiversity conservation.
Anthropogenic environmental changes, such as global land use and land cover change, driven by rapid human population growth and increasing demand for agricultural and forest products, are impacting the balance of the Earth system. This meeting will highlight the causes of land use and land cover change, investigate the impacts on biodiversity loss, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, and explore how non-market and public benefits, including wildlife conservation, can be incorporated into land-use planning.
New findings suggest that the polluted air we breathe threatens our brain, Nicole Samuel explores.
“this sport has all the glitz and glamour of Formula 1, but with zero emissions” – Arutyun Arutyunyan explores Formula E
‘Robotic dolphins’ were sent to Antarctica. What have they revealed about climate change?
How robots could be used to help restore the natural beauty of coral reefs…
Urgent action needs to be taken to reduce the amount of waste in landfill. Tom Bragg takes a look at the ethical reasons for waste reduction …