Devastating hurricanes could be up to five times more likely in the Caribbean if tougher global warming targets are missed
27 August 2020
Global warming is dramatically increasing the risk of extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean, but meeting more ambitious climate change goals could up to halve the likelihood of such disasters in the region, according to new research.
Step change in our ability to unlock secrets of the past with radiocarbon dates
12 August 2020
Radiocarbon dating, a technique widely used in archaeology and geoscience, is set to become more accurate than ever after an international team of scientists have shared much-anticipated new calibration curves based on data from ancient trees, lake and ocean sediments, cave deposits and more.
Bristol working with the Office for National Statistics to aid local UN Sustainable Development Goal data reporting across the UK
30 July 2020
Organisations are working together to help UK local authorities monitor progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
'Gatekeepers' of biodiversity hotspots facing COVID crisis
1 July 2020
Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
Asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs
29 June 2020
Modelling of the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years ago shows it created a world largely unsuitable for dinosaurs to live in.
Professor Ronald John Johnston OBE, FAcSS, FBA (1941-2020)
5 June 2020
Ron Johnston, who has died aged 79 after a short illness, was one of the most influential geographers of his generation. Colleagues David Manley, Robert Mayhew and Richard Harris offer this remembrance.
Bristol key partner in international project to tackle climate change resilience in the Horn of Africa
26 May 2020
An international team of researchers and organisations has been awarded over €6.7M from EU Horizon 2020 to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands (HAD).
COVID-19: Half of UK households believe they will struggle to meet their financial commitments over the next three months
30 April 2020
In the first three weeks after the UK government introduced the 'lockdown', an estimated 7 million households – a quarter of all households in the UK – had lost either a substantial part or all of their earned income as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic
University of Bristol joins world-leading alliance to advance weather and climate science
22 April 2020
The University of Bristol is today joining forces with the Met Office, together with UCL, to expand and transform an alliance which will strengthen the UK as a world leader in predicting climate hazards and tackling their far-reaching impact.
Vexing Nemo: motorboat noise makes clownfish stressed and aggressive
9 April 2020
Hormonal changes caused by motorboat noise cause clownfish to hide, skip meals and attack their neighbours - putting damselfish in distress.
New insights into US flood vulnerability revealed from flood insurance big data
19 March 2020
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has found that current estimates of flood risk rely upon methods for calculating flood damage which are inadequately verified and match poorly with observations.
Research shows how glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet
24 February 2020
New research led by scientists from the University of Bristol has revealed new insights into how the microscopic algae that thrives along the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes widespread darkening.
Advisory and academic panels working on Climate Assembly UK includes two Bristol researchers
9 January 2020
As the UK’s first citizens’ assembly on climate change prepares to meet for the first time at the end of January, the two panels of stakeholders and researchers helping to ensure the balance and accuracy of the assembly have been announced.
Research Fellow wins Hind Rattan Award 2020
7 January 2020
Dr Bramha Dutt Vishwakarma, Marie Curie Research Fellow in the School of Geographical Sciences, is to receive the Hind Rattan Award 2020 “for outstanding Services, Contributions and Achievements in the field of Environmental Science”.
Five Bristol researchers awarded Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships
19 December 2019
Five University of Bristol academics have been awarded Major Research Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust.
New paper explains technologies and scientific advances needed to track progress of methane levels in the atmosphere
10 December 2019
Understanding what influences the amount of methane in the atmosphere has been identified by the American Geophysical Union to be one of the foremost challenges in the earth sciences in the coming decades because of methane’s hugely important role in meeting climate warming targets.
Conserve now or pay later? New study compares floodplain protection today to predicted future flood losses
9 December 2019
A new study by scientists from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the University of Bristol and flood analytics company Fathom, seeks to answer an important question related to flooding in the United States – pay now to protect undeveloped areas that are likely to flood in the future or allow developments to go ahead and pay for damage when it occurs.
Changes in oxygen concentrations in our ocean can disrupt fundamental biological cycles
25 November 2019
New research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has shown that the feedback mechanisms that were thought to keep the marine nitrogen cycle relatively stable over geological time can break down when oxygen levels in the ocean decline significantly.
Banks and other financial services urged to help reduce gambling-related harm
7 November 2019
During Responsible Gambling Week [7 to 13 November], financial services organisations are being called upon to take part in a new programme which looks at how best to help people who are struggling with gambling problems.
Climate models and geology reveal new insights into the East Asian monsoon
30 October 2019
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have used climate models and geological records to better understand changes in the East Asian monsoon over long geologic time scales.