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Can Eden be restored?
China's Great Green Wall
Chinese to tax chopsticks
Cities and global environmental change
Conifers for the chop
Crazy paving
Forestry and climate change
Global goals?
Green games?
Hog wild
Jamaica bound? Marine resources and management at a crossroads in Antigua and Barbuda
Monitoring deforestation from space
New Technology and Wildlife Conservation
Out of the shadows
Protecting the UK's upland waters from pollution
Protecting vulnerable sites from tourism damage
Pupil power
Retreating rainforest
Rowling back the years
Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics
Talking rubbish
Taxing Times
The two sides of ecotourism in Borneo
Transnational movement of waste
Wave goodbye to coastal defences?
World Environment Day
How Secure is the Doomsday Global Seed Vault?
Resilience and Vulnerability in Climate Change and Farming with Oxfam
Yuletide logging

Environmental interactions and management

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 Articles

Resilience and vulnerability in
climate change and farming with Oxfam  (June 2017)
Oxfam helps people to understand and adapt to the changes they are facing, and to reduce risks from hazards
How secure is the Doomsday Global Seed Vault? (June 2017) Global seed vault compromised by soaring arctic temperatures
Protecting vulnerable sites from tourism damage (May 2015) Tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places
New Technology and Wildlife Conservation (February 2015) In recent years conservationists and ecologists have increasingly used new technology as a vital tool for researching and monitoring the species, habitats and landscapes that form the core of their work
Coastal surges and flooding in the UK: a prompt for more sustainable drainage? (January 2014) In January 2014, at the same time North America was experiencing sub-zero temperatures, the UK was facing its own package of extreme weather
Jamaica bound? Marine resources and management at a crossroads in Antigua and Barbuda (December 2012) Can a Caribbean nation reliant on marine resources develop an economy based on coral reef ecosystems in spite of threats to those resources?
Pluvial (rain-related) flooding in urban areas: the invisible hazard (November 2012) By 2050 1.2 million more people are expected to be put at risk of pluvial flooding due to climate change and urban population growth
Rio+20: A global evaluation of sustainable development (November 2012) What progress has been made since the first Earth Summit in 1992?
Unsustainable fishing (October 2012) In many parts of the world, commercial fishing is the primary human impact on oceans
Summary report. Assessing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics (September 2012) Geography Professor Allan Brimicombe from the University of East London is leading an impact study on behalf of the London Organising Committee of LOCOG and the IOC
Sustainable transport: Cycling in London (June 2013) The Mayor’s vision for cycling in London: An Olympic Legacy for all Londoners
The geography of gold (June 2012) As the price of gold has soared, more people have begun to question how, and by whom, their gold is mined and procured
Can Eden be restored? (March 2012) The changing landscape of the Marshlands of Iraq
Protecting the UK's upland waters from pollution (November 2010) Geographers have been at the heart of the monitoring of the impacts of air pollution on our upland waters
Forestry and climate change (November 2010) International politicians and decision makers have a clearer recognition of the ways in which forests are important to tackling climate change
The Plastiki expedition (October 2010) The Plastiki is an innovative catamaran which included using 12,500 post-consumer plastic bottles for buoyancy

Monitoring deforestation from space (February 2010)

Geographers at the University of Leicester are working to improve information on global deforestation in areas like the Amazon
Arsenic Pollution - a global problem (August 2009) This document makes recommendations for policy and action in the light of evidence on the extent and causes of arsenic pollution and its harmful effects to human health
Transnational movement of waste. Environment & Society Forum Summary Statement 20 (July 2009) A summary statement of the findings from a one day meeting focussing on the challenges facing the waste industry
Geo engineering (May 2009) Geo-engineering techniques have often been dismissed as pure science fiction, but more recently those previously against the idea of geo-engineering seem prepared to cautiously consider it as part of the solution
What is the stabilisation wedge theory? (May 2009) The theory aims to demonstrate how global warming is a problem which can be solved by implementing today's technologies to reduce CO2 emissions
Should I stay or should I go? (January 2009) Can a trip to the remote wilderness of Antarctica be sustainable? This article investigates the reasons why Antarctica is such a desirable holiday location and the risks these ventures bring
Saving the rainforest (October 2008) Since the 1970s, an increasing number of national, international and non governmental organisations have been established to promote rainforest conservation
The four corners of the food crisis (July 2008) Population growth,rising affluence,energy policy and climate change – these are the “four corners” of the food crisis
The Thames Gateway (June 2008) The area includes the largest designated brownfield site in the south of England, which is intended to become a leading eco-region
Drastic plastic bag bans (May 2008) Who are banning plastic bags - and why?
Eco towns (May 2008) Eco-towns are the government's proposed new housing in England intended to response to the challenges of climate change, the need for more sustainable living and the need to increase housing supply
Field studies (November 2007) Where are the major festivals located and what are the impacts they create?
Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability IPCC 4th Assessment (September 2007) The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Fourth Assessment
Cities and global environmental change: exploring the links GJ. March 2007 (July 2007) Recent reports illustrate the growing consensus that GEC is being driven predominantly by anthropogenic (human) activities
Taxing Times (April 2007) What can the Stern Review tell us about our future in the face of climate change?
Out of the Shadows (February 2007) How is a giant mirror bringing light to a valley-floor settlement in the Italian Alps?
Sky's the limit? (January 2007) What is the worry over carbon footprints?
Sink or swim? (December 2006) How is the UK's coastal environment and its management changing?
Retreating rainforest (October 2006) What are the causes and consequences of increasing deforestation in the Amazon?
Upwardly mobile (August 2006) How is the global spread of new technology impacting on different societies and environments?
Global goals? (June 2006) Are you eating, sleeping, drinking and teaching the World Cup? How does our consumption of the global game impact us and others around the world?
Ice sheet - PVC glaciers (May 2006) Why are scientists wrapping glaciers in plastic?
Talking rubbish (April 2006) Trans-national movement of waste: are we living sustainably?
Hog wild (March 2006) Can Boris the boar come to the rescue of woodland?
Chinese to tax chopsticks (March 2006) Can a chopstick tax help save China's forests?
Yuletide logging (December 2005) Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? What are the true costs of buying real and artificial Christmas trees?
Crazy paving (September 2005) Why are gardens disappearing and what is the impact on run-off and flood risk?
Summit fever (July 2005) Is the G8 an effective way to solve the world's problems?
World Environment Day (June 2005) What are some behavioural and technological responses to helping the environment around the world?
Thaw point (February 2005) Is Antarctic ice melting faster? Is the world getting warmer? Is the world changing for the worse? Will we be eating jellyfish and chips?
Pupil power (September 2004) How is wind, solar and pupil power transforming a remote village in southern Africa?
Green games? (August 2004) How sustainable are the Athens Olympics?
Delta Blues (June 2004) Was Spain right to abandon its Ebro River development project?
Dam downstream disaster (April 2004) How and why is a dam in China affecting millions of people in south-east Asia?
Water, water, everywhere (March 2004) What were the water management successes and failures from the winter 2003-04?
It's only water: who cares? (March 2004) Synoptic geography in practice: the Water Framework Directive
Ice Odyssey (February 2004) Antarctica: the geography behind a record breaking trek
Rowling back the years (December 2003) How is the creator of Harry Potter helping to conjure up the ancient Dark Forests of Scotland?
Conifers for the chop (November 2003) How is change in rural land use transforming UK forests?
Wave goodbye to coastal defences? (November 2003) Should we give up defending the coast from the sea?
GM foods: the debate (October 2003) What are the issues surrounding GM food production?
Grain of truth or GM fudge? (October 2003) Will results of the latest study mean the go ahead for GM crops in the UK?
Global changes bring biological hazards to Britain (October 2003) How is global warming and globalisation bringing new hazards to Britain?
Debate over global warming heats up (April 2003) Warmest year on record raises question of climate change causes
Congestion Charging Ahead (February 2003) London's controversial congestion charge examined from a geographer's perspective


 Online lectures

Saving the last cheetahs of Iran, Dr Luke Hunter (May 2014) Dr Luke Hunter talks about the quest to save the Asiatic Cheetah, also known as the Iranian Cheetah; one of the most endangered of the world’s big cats

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A journey by raft through Sierra Leone and Liberia, Will Mallard (October 2014) Will recalls his hazardous journey along the riverine border of Sierra Leone and Liberia at the very frontline of African conservation, within the critically endangered Upper Guinean forest View lecture
Air quality for all (October 2014) Taking inspiration from around the world, a panel will discuss the hidden hazard of today: poor air quality. How can creative technology and new thinking can help us all breathe more easily?

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Pole of Cold: a journey to chase winter, Felicity Aston (May 2014) Land Rover Bursary recipient Felicity traces 30,000km journey across northern Europe and Siberia as far as the Pole of Cold, the coldest inhabited place in the world, to explore differing perspectives on winter


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The Landgrabbers, Fred Pearce (March 2014) Land is suddenly a scarce resource. African plains, Asian paddy fields and South American jungles are being snapped up. Who are the grabbers, and who are the victims?

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Mayhem on the Mekong, Professor Steve Darby(February 2014) The Mekong River is a biodiversity hotspot of global significance, threatened by rapid hydro-power development. Steve explains why preserving the Mekong's annual flooding is integral to the future of the river and its delta

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Future Oceans: a Sea of Hope or Despair: Callum Roberts (February 2014) The negative impact human beings have had on marine life in the ocean is widespread and far reaching

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Junkyard Planet: Adam Minter (January 2014) The collection of our recycling is only one half of a story which is actually global in scale and represents a multibillion dollar industry worldwide

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Wild bees: nature's workers, Dr Lynn Dicks (October 2013) Cambridge University Research Fellow and bee ecologist Lynn examines the latest scientific findings about the status of wild bees in Europe and explains why we should care as much about them as honey bees. View lecture
Feeding the 9 billion (October 2013) Our global food system is under increasing strain. We need to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to a population which is expected to rise to 9 billion by 2050. How are we meeting this challenge with new technology as well as new thinking?

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Countryside in crisis? (June 2013) Environmental risks and hazards like bovine TB, ash dieback and neonicotinoid pesticides are affecting our biodiversity and agriculture. Is Government getting its policies right and striking a balance between maximising innovation and minimising harm?

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A South Indian journey, Michael Wood (May 2013) A long time traveller in Tamil Nadu, broadcaster and historian Michael Wood reflects on what has been called the last surviving classical civilisation and on the relationships between geography, climate and culture

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What has nature ever done for us?, Tony Juniper (April 2013) From bees to vultures and from trees to plankton, natural systems underpin our human welfare and development. Tony will speak on how the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ecology View lecture
The butterfly isles, Patrick Barkham (March 2013) Partick Barkham explores the challenges and joys of going in search of Britain's 59 species of butterfly, and the miraculous ways they have adapted - or not - to our changing countryside View lecture
The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus (December 2012) The world's energy, water and food systems are tightly linked. How will these vital resources cope in the coming decades from a growing and more prosperous global population?

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Unsustainable fishing (October 2012)

How can we avoid the collapse of a resource that remains an essential part of food security and vital to the communities and livelihoods of half a billion people across the planet?

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Migration and climate change: it is not that simple!, Richard Black (February 2012) Migration and climate change are connected in many different, and sometimes unexpected, ways. Richard Black, a leading expert on the UK Government Foresight Panel on this topic, explores the challenges and debates View lecture
Up in Smoke, Mike Hands (January 2012) Slash-and-burn farming contributes to deforestation and global warming. After 25 years working with local communities in Central America, Mike Hands believes he has a sustainable alternative but can he convince governments and the farmers?

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Western Australia: Exploring the secrets of an ancient land, Lyn Beazley (September 2011) Colonised less than 200 years ago, Western Australia is just beginning to reveal her age-old secrets. Lyn will explore the evolution of its extraordinary geology and biodiversity and their relevance to our world past, present and future

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Can the UK ever be sustainable? (December 2010) Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, but how realistic are visions of a sustainable future? How can business, politics and the creative industries help create a sustainable future?

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Just deserts, Andrew Goudie (October 2010) Illustrated by images of dust storms, dunes and eroded landscapes, Andrew shows how new technologies have revolutionised our understanding of desert landscapes, and explores how sand seas and dunes may respond to global warming

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Plastic pollution in the oceans (October 2010) Our throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?

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Natural disasters: how to improve? (May 2010) How can we improve our response to natural disasters and ensure lessons learnt benefit vulnerable communities worldwide in the long-term?

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Not in my back yard (March 2010) With pressure on the UK’s ageing energy and transport infrastructures mounting, is it time to put projects of national importance ahead of local concerns? Or does this bypass our democratic right to object?

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Antarctica's future - should we care? Collin Summerhayes (February 2010) Antarctica is the world's refrigerator and home to unique flora and fauna on land and in the sea. Colin explores the seeming contradictions - such as melting glaciers but little melting sea ice - and looks at what will happen to this magnificent continent over the next 100 years

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Importing goods, exporting drought (October 2009) The scale of global water consumption needed to produce what we use and consume has a dramatic impact around the world. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, discover the hidden cost of Britain's consumption.

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Engineering our climate (May 2009) Geo-engineering, the deliberate manipulation of the earth's climate, is not a solution to climate change. But can it be an effective means to delay its impact? Should we be researching it as 'Plan B'?

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Razing the rainforest (October 2008) How can we best conserve the world's rainforests in the face of enormous challenges from palm oil, timber trade, green colonialism and biofuels?

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Concreting the countryside (May 2008) How should we accommodate the housing expansion in London and SE England? Should we be building on greenfield or brownfield land?

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Future of low carbon energy (March 2008) With countries across the world working towards a low carbon future, how can global investment be encouraged to forward low carbon technologies?

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 Resources

KS3: Impossible places Sustainability and human impacts on environmental interaction and place
KS4: Coral reef ecosystems The research looks at the exploitation and Management of a Coral Reef Ecosystem around Menjangan Island in Bali, Indonesia
KS4: Moorland ecology The research looks at remote locations in the Peak District National Park to explore the recovery of areas of moorland which have been affected by fires
Discovering Antarctica Interactive website covering topics such as climate change and future pressures in the region. Run in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Antarctic Survey
Discovering the Arctic Examining the local and international implications of changes to the region's environments and peoples. Run in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Scottish Association for Marine Science and British Antarctic Survey
Discovering Galapagos Discovering Galapagos is an interactive, bilingual, educational resource from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Galapagos Conservation Trust that will bring the islands to life in your classroom
KS5: Ocean acidification This research aimed to investigate the impact of ocean acidification on biogeochemical cycling through sea ice, and how this affects Arctic marine communities


Case studies

The two sides of ecotourism in Borneo (June 2015) Asia’s largest island, Borneo, is fast becoming a destination of choice for tourists keen to experience unusual wildlife and natural landscapes
The Nicaraguan trans-oceanic canal (June 2015) In a collaboration between the Nicaraguan government and Chinese industry, a new 300km canal is set to be dug linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
China's Great Green Wall (January 2015) The Problem of Desertification in China


 Ask the Experts

Environmental risk in the urban south (June 2014) Gemma Sou, doctoral researcher at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester
Overfishing (December 2012) Liam Carr, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA
Olympic impacts (September 2012) Professor Allan Brimicombe, University of East London
Foot and Mouth Disease (November 2010) Jessica Sellick, co-director at Rose Regeneration
Ocean acidification (December 2009) Professor Nicholas Owens, Director of British Antarctic Survey
Sustainable Agriculture (August 2007) Professor Gordon Conway, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development
Antarctica (June 2004) Dr John Shears, Environmental Officer, British Antarctic Survey


 60 second guides

  • Plant Adaptations (Extreme hot)
  • Plant Adaptations (Extreme cold)
  • Food webs
  • Animal Adaptations (Extreme hot)
  • Animal Adaptations (Extreme Cold)
  • Ecotourism
  • Increasing reflectivity
  • Increasing cloud reflectivity
  • Unsustainable fishing
  • What is the great Pacific garbage patch?
  • The Aral Sea
  • Recycling
  • Brief guide to sustainability
  • Artificial trees
  • Ocean fertilisation
  • Tundra biome
  • Temperate deciduous biome
  • Savanna biome

     

     

  • How much fish do we all eat
  • Rainforest facts
  • Wind farms
  • What is virtual water?
  • Sulphur screens
  • Carbon capture and storage
  •  Hot desert biome
  • Cold desert biome
  • Tropical rainforest biome
  • Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Sustainable Development Goal 12 - Responsible consumption
  • Sustainable Development Goals (all)
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