climate change

Energy firm to recruit school age board members from the South West

Authored by News Desk

An energy firm is recruiting school pupils from the South West to join its board and advise it on how to tackle climate change.

The move comes in a year that has seen young people face unprecedented uncertainty with regard to their future career prospects, with more and more young people looking to green sectors for a sustainable career.

Nearly half (46%) of young people in...

Torquay Girls’ Grammar School named School of the Year at Your UK Parliament Award 2020

Authored by Mary

The Your UK Parliament Award 2020 winners have been announced with Torquay Girls’ Grammar School winning School of the Year category.

2020 marks the third year of the Your UK Parliament awards, which are designed to celebrate people across the UK who have taken action on issues they care about. The winning entries were chosen by a panel of MPs, Peers and independent judges, who were...

Zoo's UK climate change first

Authored by Paigntonzoo

A Devon educator has become the first accredited UN climate change teacher in a UK zoo.

Steve Nash, Head of Education for Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, has become a UN Accredited Climate Change teacher.

“The modules are based on the most recent evidence regarding climate change science and its...

PSP business boosts green credentials for SW firms

Authored by Duncan Little

Boosting the green credentials of companies in the retail and industrial sectors across the south west is the key goal of Plymouth Science Park based company, DC7 Group.

With climate change becoming an ever-increasing threat for the planet, DC7 Group is looking at ways to help reduce the usage of certain types of refrigerant.

‘Some are not only very harmful to the planet but...

MP meets people affected by Climate Change

Authored by News Desk

Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, met Christian Aid partners from the Philippines and Bolivia, to hear first-hand what it is like to live with the reality of climate change and how it is affecting the world’s poor most acutely.

Ms Seabeck met Voltaire Alferez, who runs a group of organisations campaigning on climate change in the Philippines, and Elizabeth Peredo, Director of...

Plymouth scientists reveal how marine life is adapting to climate change

Authored by Matthew Vizard

A study into marine life around an underwater volcanic vent in the Mediterranean might hold the key to understanding how some species will be able to survive in increasingly acidic sea water should anthropogenic climate change continue.

Researchers at Plymouth University have discovered that some species of polychaete worms are able to modify their metabolic rates to better cope with...

Global investigation reveals true scale of ocean warming

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Warming oceans are causing marine species to change breeding times and shift homes with substantial consequences expected for the broader marine landscape, according to a new global study.

The three-year research project, funded by the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California, has shown widespread systemic shifts in measures such as distribution of species...

Plymouth's carbon footprint reduced again

Authored by JenniferJ

Plymouth’s citywide carbon footprint has fallen to a new low – an announcement welcomed by the city’s Climate Change Commission and confirmed by the recent release of the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s national ‘emissions estimates’ for 2011.

Despite a small ‘blip’ in the figures for 2010, attributed to the impact of a very cold winter, emissions for the city have now...

Catastrophic climatic events leave corals facing a decade-long fight for recovery

Authored by JamesM

Coral reefs can take more than a decade to recover from catastrophic climatic events, with some species taking up to 13 years to recolonise their original habitats, scientists have discovered.

Marine conservationists from Plymouth University, and the Universidad Federal da Bahia in Brazil, have spent more than 17 years analysing the diversity and density of coral colonies off the coast...

Scientists dig for the truth behind soil hydrophobia

Authored by JamesM

Scientists have launched a major new study in a bid to understand why natural soils can develop a ‘fear of water’ after periods of dryness and drought.

Researchers at Plymouth and Swansea Universities will investigate the causes of ‘hydrophobicity’, a condition whereby microbes in the soil produce proteins that prevent it from absorbing water.

The results could have...

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