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29 October 2015: Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival will shortly go on display in a remarkable new exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917, newly digitised images will reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival both before and after their ship was destroyed.


3 September 2015: Driverless automated vehicles: the future of travel in rural communities?

Rural travel could be transformed by the introduction of a fleet of shared driverless automated vehicles, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.


3 September 2015: Study finds firms in London’s Tech City are facing significant obstacles

More needs to be done by the government to enable London’s Tech City to succeed, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.


3 September 2015: Study finds only 44% of people in England capable of getting to work by walking or cycling

Most people in England could not get work without motorised modes of transport, according to new research presented to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference at the University of Exeter.


3 September 2015: CO2 emissions from tourism projected to increase by over 300% by 2100

Growth in global tourism will have profound environmental consequences over the next century, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.


3 September 2015: Study finds guerrilla gardening is having major impacts in the UK and globally

Guerrilla gardening is a global movement which can improve urban areas and bring grassroots food production into cities, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.


2 September 2015: Long-term wellbeing affected by floods

Greater levels of community and institutional support services are needed to help people recover from the impact of flooding, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.


2 September 2015: Bigger is better? The argument for a Northern Powerhouse powered by city regions is ignoring some inconvenient facts

The argument for backing the larger northern city regions such as Greater Manchester stays silent about how some of England’s highest economic growth rates are actually in medium-sized cities and smaller urban areas, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.

 


2 September 2015: The British countryside has become the almost sole preserve of the middle classes – belt of rural super-gentrification identified

The middle classes have become the majority population in large swathes of the English and Welsh countryside and a belt of rural 'super-gentrification' exists on the edge of London and close to the ‘tentacles’ of motorways connected to the M25, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.

 


2 September 2015: Dawlish railway line study finds the UK’s institutional setting not geared to addressing the impacts of climate change

The UK’s fragmented institutional setting has prevented a climate change adaptation plan for the Dawlish railway line following the February 2014 extreme weather events, according to new research presented today to the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.

 


2 September 2015: Extreme weather events raise support for actions to tackle climate change: an opportunity for policy makers?

Direct experience of extreme weather significantly raises support for actions to tackle climate change, according to new research presented today at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference.

 


2 September 2015: How is the transition to Electric Vehicles going? Study finds clear adoption hot and cold-spots have emerged

At a time of major sales increases of Electric Vehicles (EVs), new research indicates a significant variation in take-up between different parts of the country. Adoption ‘hotspots’ and ‘cold-spots’ are both emerging across the UK, often only a matter of miles apart.

 


2 September 2015: The future of nature conservation? Study identifies challenges that emerge when ‘rewilding’ is put into practice

Rewilding initiatives are likely to create an enormous set of ‘on-ground’ challenges for policy makers, according to new research presented today at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference. But the study of the Scottish Beaver Trial also indicates that policies can be developed that deal with potential impacts while preserving autonomy.

 


20 August 2015: GCSE geography’s popularity continues to increase

Number of students studying geography GCSE increases for fourth consecutive year, with 3864 candidates sitting an exam in England than in 2014.

 


13 August 2015: Big increase in numbers taking geography A Level

Geography sees 13% increase in A Level candidates – the largest percentage increase of any major A Level with more than 10,000 candidates.

 


8 July 2015: Expedition set to explore No Man's Lands

No Man’s Land expedition to travel 6000 miles through 19 countries exploring the origins and development of No Man’s Lands and uncovering their impacts on modern day society.

 


5 May 2015: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) honours top geographers

Professor Michael Batty and Paul Theroux have both been awarded Royal Medals as part of a series of awards that recognise extraordinary achievement in geographical research, fieldwork and teaching, photography and public engagement.


3 March 2015: Britain from the Air to launch in Leeds

Leeds’ Victoria Gardens will soon be the location of a remarkable free outdoor exhibition of aerial photographs as part of a wider initiative by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to encourage the public to discover more about the UK’s places, environments and people.


13 February 2015: Honours for highest achieving geography pupils

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has given Excellence Awards to the school pupils who achieved the highest marks nationally in the 2014 geography examinations.

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