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Plankton faeces could move plastic pollution to the ocean depths

Plankton faeces could move plastic pollution to the ocean depths | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Plastic waste could find its way deep into the ocean through the faeces of plankton, new research from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory shows.
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Citizen science game is “Big Brother for bugs”

Citizen science game is “Big Brother for bugs” | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
A citizen science website game akin to “big brother for crickets” allows participants to take part in important hands-on research using insects to understand the ageing process.
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‘Hidden larder’ for sharks and whales revealed in Welsh waters

‘Hidden larder’ for sharks and whales revealed in Welsh waters | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Mission sees an unmanned underwater glider travel to an area around 50 miles to the south west of Wales called the Celtic Deep, which is a haven for wildlife but also an extremely busy shipping route and fishing ground. The glider travelled 600 km in 30 days, undertaking nearly 3000 dives from the sea surface to the seabed at a depth of 100m.

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We're going on a bug hunt!

We're going on a bug hunt! | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
The University's Community Scientist Dr Sarah Pierce needs your help in a national Pollination Survey backed by Sir David Attenborough. The campaign is also encouraging people to create better habitats for our bees, butterflies and other insects.
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The Polli:Nation Survey has been developed by a consortium of conservation organisations including OPAL, The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). CEH is one of six NERC-supported centres.
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Apeing the apes: New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos

Apeing the apes: New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
University of Birmingham scientists have developed a new way to redesign chimpanzee enclosures in zoos to translate research on wild chimpanzees into zoos to help preserve the behavioural and physiological adaptations that make the species unique.
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Fracking would pose no danger to water supplies, new research suggests

Fracking would pose no danger to water supplies, new research suggests | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Potential future fracking activity in the UK is unlikely to pose a pollution danger to overlying aquifers, new research from a leading academic suggests.
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The work was partly funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and was informed by the experience of undertaking an independent review of the closure plans submitted to the Environment Agency by the now-defunct company UK Coal.
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Chernobyl 30 years on – the long term behaviour of radioactive isotopes in soils

A team from The University of Nottingham have been collecting samples from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to investigate the long term behaviour of radioactive isotopes in soils.

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The ‘TREE’ project, is funded by NERC under our RATE programme.
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One year on - helping Nepal to recover from devastating earthquakes

One year on - helping Nepal to recover from devastating earthquakes | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
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Met Office involved in research to revolutionise pollen forecasting

Met Office involved in research to revolutionise pollen forecasting | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
A team of researchers has been awarded a three-year grant by the National Environment Research Council (NERC) to improve pollen forecasts
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This press release cites a three-year, £1.2m grant, that has been awarded by NERC to to improve pollen forecasts using molecular genetics.
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Scientists aiming to save iconic British oak from killer disease

Scientists aiming to save iconic British oak from killer disease | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
It provided the raw materials for Nelson's fleet and the roof of Westminster Hall, and is the symbol of the National Trust - but now the oak tree is at risk of falling prey to a range of new threats.
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The project has been funded through the third phase of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative, funded under the auspices of the Living With Environmental Change Partnership (LWEC) with support from NERC.
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New project investigates the global warming hiatus

New project investigates the global warming hiatus | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
To investigate why the global warming trend varies from decade to decade, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will work alongside those from nine other research organisations as part of a major new multidisciplinary research project.
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The project cited in this press release is funded by NERC. This new project, called SMURPHS (Securing Multidisciplinary Understanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge events), will investigate the impact of each of these factors on the observed variation in global warming. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is one of six NERC centres.
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Ground-breaking CCS project

The world’s first ‘real world’ deep-water controlled experiment simulating emission from a submerged carbon dioxide storage reservoir is to take place in the North Sea, with the aim of further verifying the safety of offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS).

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Plankton faeces could move plastic pollution to the ocean depths

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Plastic waste could find its way deep into the ocean through the faeces of plankton, new research from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory shows.
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Sticky mud and biological goo hold key to predicting coastal erosion

A University of Hull researcher has taken a huge step towards developing a more reliable way of predicting how climate change will impact estuaries and coastal environments.

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The research cited in this press release was carried out by a team funded under the NERC COHBED project.

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Pregnant mothers may shield unborn young from damage and risk their own mortality

Pregnant mothers may shield unborn young from damage and risk their own mortality | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Mammals can protect their unborn young from harmful chemicals in their blood even at the expense of their own survival odds, a study into mongooses conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter suggests.
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New £1M facility to reveal the secrets of marine microbial communities one member at a time

University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory have unveiled a state of the art facility for the study of environmental microbes.

The facility, which boasts cutting-edge cell sorting equipment, liquid handling robotics and molecular biology analysis tools, is housed within an ultraclean room to prevent contamination.
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The environmental Single Cell Genomics facility (eSCG) is funded by the NERC and the Wolfson Foundation,
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New study to tackle disease threatening amphibians worldwide

New study to tackle disease threatening amphibians worldwide | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Scientists from the Institute of Integrative Biology are leading a £635,000 study investigating a disease that has been the major cause of amphibian declines worldwide.

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Scientists to set sail on pioneering deep sea research expedition

Scientists to set sail on pioneering deep sea research expedition | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Aberdeen are due to sail to the North Atlantic to test a pioneering piece of research equipment that will help improve our understanding of how deep ocean ecosystems function and respond to a major oil spill.
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The Multi-Autoclave-Coring and Experimentation Unit (MAC-EXP), which has been developed at the University’s Oceanlab facility was funded through a £500,000 grant from NERC.
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Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change

Ancient marine sediments provide clues to future climate change | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was the major driver behind the global climatic shifts that occurred 53 to 34 million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton, the University of Bristol and Cardiff University.
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This collaborative study involving the Universities of Southampton, Bristol and Cardiff and the Cabot Institute, is an output from ‘Descent into the Icehouse’, one of the four research projects under the umbrella programme ‘The Long-term Co-Evolution of Life and the Planet’ funded the by NERC.
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New measures taken to conserve one of Britain’s rarest animals

Recent large-scale measures to conserve one of Britain’s rarest animals – the diminutive ‘Little Ramshorn Whirlpool Snail’ (Anisus vorticulus) – have benefitted from key research that was carried out by Cardiff University School of Biosciences 15 years ago.

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Satellite project to protect threatened ecosystems will monitor Kenya’s forests in near real-time

Researchers from the University of Leicester will be travelling to Kenya from 25 – 29 April to kick off a new satellite project that aims to monitor the world’s forests in near real-time.

The researchers hope that it will help forest land owners and national agencies to protect biodiversity and reduce climate change through the rapid detection of forest cover changes arising from unsustainable utilisation practices.
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Wildfire map reveals European countries most at risk of catastrophic fire damage

Leicester researchers lead project mapping risk from wildfires close to cities across Europe
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RRS James Cook research takes biologist to Parliament

RRS James Cook research takes biologist to Parliament | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Rui Vieira an Ocean and Earth Science PhD student from University of Southampton specialising in deep-sea ecology, biological oceanography and fisheries is attending Parliament to present his research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.
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Researchers discover new way of ‘locking up’ radioactive material

Researchers discover new way of ‘locking up’ radioactive material | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that an iron oxide mineral, hematite, reacts with radioactive neptunium to ‘lock it up’ within its structure. This could have profound implications for the environmental behaviour of the radioactive contaminant, as it may offer a new way to clean up areas contaminated with radioactive material.

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Intense competition for reproduction results in violent mass evictions

Intense competition for reproduction results in violent mass evictions | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it
Intense levels of reproductive competition trigger violent evictions of male and female banded mongooses from their family groups, University of Exeter researchers have found.
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Air quality success, but what about the impact of Brexit?

Air quality success, but what about the impact of Brexit? | News from the NERC community | Scoop.it

New research celebrates the success of EU air quality policy, at a time when such policies face an uncertain future because of Britain's European referendum.

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The study cited in this press release received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the EU Framework 7 PEGASOS project, the Met Office and the United Bank of Carbon.
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