Environment Research News

  • Research to make crops more resilient to changing weather - 12 January 2017

    Scientists from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry are part of a new five-year £4.4 million project to save brassica vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and kale.

  • Scientists make plastic from Christmas trees - 04 January 2017

    Scientists from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles.

  • Bigger brains outsmart harsh climates - 22 December 2016

    Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have shown that birds living in extreme climates have evolved larger brains.

  • Nesting instinct: How do birds share the childcare? - 23 November 2016

    Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution are part of the largest ever international study on the nesting behaviour of shorebirds. The study published in Nature found that sharing of parental duties varied hugely between species.

  • Don't be bewitched by Paris climate change deal, University audience told - 17 October 2016

    Speaking at the University, Professor Scott Barrett, one of the world’s leading experts on international agreements to tackle climate change, has cautioned against the chances of success for the Paris deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which comes into force in early November.

  • Warming temperatures can reduce marine diversity but increase freshwater species - 04 October 2016

    In contrast to previous research, scientists have found that habitat warming can reduce the diversity of species in marine environments, but increase speciation in freshwater habitats.

  • Outdoor air pollution exceeds WHO limits for 90% of UK population - 27 September 2016

    A model developed by an international team of scientists led by Dr Gavin Shaddick (Mathematical Sciences) estimates that more than 92% of the world's population live in areas with outdoor pollution levels that exceed the WHO recommended limits.

  • Spying on chemistry in real-time - 11 July 2016

    Scientists from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies will soon be able to watch chemical reactions happen in real-time, with a new chemical analysis facility that will be the first of its kind in the world.

  • Mammals almost wiped out with the dinosaurs - 20 June 2016

    Researchers from our Milner Centre for Evolution have discovered that over 90 per cent of mammal species were wiped out by the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, being affected much worse than previously thought.

  • Bath to host international water conference - 01 June 2016

    To celebrate the launch of its new Water Innovation & Research Centre (WIRC @ Bath), the University of Bath is hosting its first ever Water Science and Engineering Conference this July.