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UWE News 2008 - UWE launches green strategy to safeguard children's future - Issue date: 22/04/2008 - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Staff and students can work out their personal carbon footprint or find out how to volunteer for conservation projects. Displays on energy saving and air quality monitoring will show how to make a difference by switching off unnecessary lights and equipment or using the new low-emission ULink bus service.
UWE News 2008 - UWE launches new Research Institute - Issue date: 24/06/2008 - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - UWE launches new Research Institute - The Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment (ISHE) - The Street, Faculty of Education, Frenchay Campus, UWE - 12 noon, Wednesday 25 June 2008 - The University of the West of England celebrates the launch of a new Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute that brings together the research expertise from three distinct areas of expertise for which UWE has become renowned. - The new Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment (ISHE) will work with over 100 organisations and agencies in its Sustainability, Health and Environment work and will be able to draw upon expertise from 32 Research Centres and over 600 programmes of study offered by UWE. - The new Institute's expertise will cover public and environmental health; spatial and transport planning; leisure, tourism and society; sustainable and healthy communities; governance and democracy; air quality management; low carbon technology and management; environmental science; environmental justice; plant science; biomedicine, clinical and health services. - ISHE will be Co-Directed by Professor Jim Longhurst, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Environment and Technology and Judy Orme, Reader and Director of the Centre for Public Health Research in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
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UWE News 2008 - UWE manages news wire for environmental policy - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England has won 200, 000 Euros from the European Commission Directorate General Environment to manage a news alert service called 'Science for Environment Policy'. The news service will consist of weekly e-news Bulletins that will target environmental policy makers to help them make informed decisions. - Issue date: 17/01/2008 - UWE News 2008.
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UWE News 2008 - UWE ranked third in UK for sustainability - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The University of the West of England has been ranked third out of all UK universities by the annual People and Planet survey which measures sustainability and highlights those institutions which have made the greatest strides in achieving this. The university has jumped five places since last year's survey, in which UWE was ranked eighth. People and Planet - Professor Steven West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE, says the result is welcome recognition for the staff and students at UWE who have worked hard to achieve this position. “Environment and sustainability is an integral part of the University, both academically and within the professional services. In recent years UWE has built upon its expertise in teaching and research in sustainability related disciplines, recognising our role to ensure our students are equipped with the skills to make a positive difference towards a sustainable future. - Issue date: 03/07/2008 - UWE News 2008.
UWE Science Communication Unit - News Service - Science for Environment Policy [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The Science Communication Unit at UWE has been commissioned by the European Commission to deliver a News Alert service covering environmental research with policy relevance. The News Alert service is delivered weekly by email to subscribers across Europe and is available through the DG Environment website, on dedicated 'Science for Environment Policy' pages. It will carry regular updates on science relevant to Environment Policy.
UWE Science Communication Unit - Subscribe to 'Science for Environment Policy'! The Unit is pleased to be running the Science for Environment Policy news service, on behalf of the European Commission. If you would like to receive news alerts, subscribe here - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
UWE student wins funding for climate change game - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - A student from the University of the West of England (UWE) is one of the winners in partnership with the think tank, the New Economics Foundation (nef) of nearly a quarter of a million pounds to tackle climate change. Susan Ballard a part- time PhD student is researching how a climate change game developed by nef can help people reduce their contribution to global warming. - UWE News - 4th July 2006. - See [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for how other versions of Democs generate online results. You can download the game from [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
UWE - The Exchange - Page 10-11 Trimming the waste line: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - How a Knowledge Transfer Partnership resulted in a waste management programme that provided a financial gain of a quarter of a million pounds for a South West company.
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Virtual Environmental Planning Project (VEPs) - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - The Virtual Environmental Planning Project (VEPs) is developing web applications to help people view, comment on and understand the environmental issues associated with proposed planning developments and help them to participate more fully in the planning process. - Demonstrations of the technology are freely accessible online providing an opportunity for people to test the technology and have a say in how it might develop. - VEPs is for anyone interested in the planning process including the general public, planning aid volunteers, politicians and planning officers.
Warming boosts strongest storms - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website - The strongest tropical storms are becoming even stronger as the world's oceans warm, scientists have confirmed. - Analysis of satellite data shows that in the last 25 years, strong cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons have become more frequent in most of the tropics. - Writing in the journal Nature, they say the number of weaker storms has not noticeably altered. - 3 September 2008.
Warming risks Antarctic sea life - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Helen Briggs Science reporter, BBC News, Boston - Unique marine life in Antarctica will be at risk from an invasion of sharks, crabs and other predators if global warming continues, scientists warn. - Crabs are poised to return to the Antarctic shallows, threatening creatures such as giant sea spiders and floppy ribbon worms, says a UK-US team. - 16 February 2008.
Warming world sends plants uphill - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Climate change has caused plants to seek cooler conditions at higher altitudes, scientists suggest. - A study of 171 forest species in mountain ranges of western Europe found that many plants had climbed an average of 29 metres each decade. - Smaller species such as ferns, which had shorter reproduction cycles, were the quickest to relocate, the researchers said. - The findings have been published in the Science journal. - 27 June 2008.
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BBC Science/Nature - Trees and shrubs are likely to be most threatened by rising temperatures

Waste wood could be converted to electricity cost effectively - Science for Environmental Policy - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Waste wood from forest management programmes can be economically converted to renewable electricity and fuels, while at the same time having a positive environmental benefit. Researchers in the USA used lifecycle assessment tools to quantify the potential risks and benefits to the environment associated with forest remediation, a form of forest management. - 24 January 2007.
What's Your Environmental Footprint? - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - LiveScience.com - LiveScience QuizWhat's Your Environmental Footprint?.
Whitehall bid to cut IT emissions - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC News - The government hopes to be the first in the world to make its computer system "carbon neutral". - The Cabinet Office hopes measures like switching off computers at night and making sure servers do not stand idle will save 117,500 tonnes of carbon. - Computer systems generate up to 20% of all carbon produced by government. - The environmental audit committee has warned that the government is "lagging behind" its own emissions targets and IT systems are among factors to blame. - The British government says it wants to be the first in the world to make its computer system's energy output "carbon neutral" - through a combination of reducing energy use and offsetting schemes - such as buying carbon credits. - 17 July 2008.
Wilkins Ice Shelf Image - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - BBC Science/Nature - The latest satellite images suggest Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf is disintegrating rapidly. It is about to lose a key anchor in the form of a thin bridge of ice to an island off the Antarctic Peninsula. If the bridge goes, the rest of the shelf may soon follow, say scientists.
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Will biofuels power tomorrow's planes? - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - By Stephen Dowling BBC News - On Sunday, a Virgin Airlines Boeing 747 took off from London's Heathrow Airport en route to Amsterdam. This short flight may prove to be a giant leap forward for the aviation industry. - The aircraft did not carry passengers - but it was the first commercial aircraft to fly partly under the power of biofuels. - An Airbus A380 has already flown on alternative fuel. - 24 February 2008.
Wind farms are good for tourism - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - UWE News 2007 - 12/01/2007 - Wind farms are a positive draw for tourists and most tourists would not boycott areas of natural beauty just because a wind farm was positioned nearby according to researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE).
ZeroCarbonCity - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - Staff from the Science Communication Unit (Graphic Science) have contributed to the British Council's International Climate Change campaign ZeroCarbonCity and are lined up to contribute to more events over the course of the year.
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