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Fieldcamp, C110, Institute ice stream, West Antarctica (Credit: Neil Ross/University of Edinburgh).

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New dams, warming waters, forest fires - Lake Baikal in peril

Posted on Thursday 17 September 2015

Longer than England, almost as deep as the Grand Canyon, Russia's Lake Baikal is one of the world's greatest aquatic wonders, writes Bryce Stewart. But it's a fragile paradise: the limpid waters are warming much faster than the global average, with as yet unknown effects on its ecology. And it faces the danger of a huge dam on its principal tributary, Mongolia's Selenga River.

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Our geography module features among top 6 'unique geography modules' offered in the UK

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2015

Where does the balance of power lie in the global food chain? What has globalisation done to change our food culture? How is food related to non-communicative diseases and childhood obesity?

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Saving our scallops: Arran reserve reveals marine protection works

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2015

Rhinos and blue whales get all the attention, but scallops are worth conserving too

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Fact Check: is 80% of UK fish given away to the rest of Europe?

Posted on Friday 17 April 2015

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP has said that as a result of membership of the Common Fisheries Policy, we are now allowed to catch less than 20% of the fish that swim in British waters. The other 80% we have given away to the rest of Europe. Is this true?

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Prozac may be harming bird populations

Posted on Sunday 1 March 2015

Starlings suffer loss of libido from Prozac found in the environment

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New departmental newsletter out

Posted on Thursday 29 January 2015

Read the latest newsletter from the Environment Department

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New Environment Building construction works start

Posted on Thursday 20 November 2014

Construction works have started on the new Environment Building, due to open in August of 2015.

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Students highly satisfied with Environment at York

Posted on Friday 19 September 2014

An outstanding 97% of our students are happy with the quality of their degree at the Environment Department in York

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New Environment Building construction works start

Posted on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Construction works have started on the new Environment Building, due to open in August of 2015.

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Iceland Field Trip 2014

Posted on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Environment undergraduates experience amazing backdrop of Iceland on fieldwork

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Future Science Communicators and Film Makers

Posted on Wednesday 4 June 2014

3rd Year Environment students produce an amazing array of magazine articles and short YouTube videos on diverse topics.

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New Environment Building Granted Planning Permission

Posted on Monday 19 May 2014

The new Environment Building, due to open in January 2016 has entered its final planning stages with the granting of planning permission

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Pesticides: research provides new insights into their effects on shrimps & snails

Posted on Thursday 8 May 2014

Ground breaking research by an international team of scientists has resulted in greater understanding of the effects of pesticides on aquatic invertebrates such as shrimps and snails.

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York to use ‘cutting-edge approaches’ to urban pollution monitoring

Posted on Sunday 20 April 2014

The University of York is launching an innovative 3.5m Euro project which will use new technologies to improve the understanding of urban pollution and its effects on human health and the environment.

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New Environment Building Enters Final Stages of Planning

Posted on Wednesday 12 March 2014

The new Environment Building, due to open in the summer of 2015 has entered its final planning stages

What lies beneath – scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic Ice

Posted on Wednesday 22 January 2014

A massive ancient subglacial trough – deeper than the Grand Canyon - has been discovered by a team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York.

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The latest news from the Environment Department in our November 2013 newsletter

Posted on Wednesday 20 November 2013

All the latest news from the Environment Department, including exciting news about our new building development, the latest research grants and a round up of research undertaken in the summer.

York to help train next generation of environmental scientists

Posted on Friday 8 November 2013

Two partnerships involving the University of York have received a share of £100m funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

Giant channels discovered beneath Antarctic ice shelf

Posted on Wednesday 9 October 2013

A team of UK scientists, including experts from the University of York, have discovered huge ice channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica.

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New home announced for the Environment Department

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2013

The Environment Department will be relocating to spectacular new, purpose-built teaching, office and laboratory facilities in 2015 in a £12 million investment by the University.

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National Student Survey shows good improvements for Environment

Posted on Tuesday 17 September 2013

99% of our students think staff are good at explaining concepts and overall approval rating improves from 94% to 95%.

Environment academic employs UAV to map Svalbard glacier

Posted on Sunday 15 September 2013

Whilst most of us were enjoying the warm summer sun, Environment Department lecturer in physical geography, Dr David Rippin, was taking on the altogether more challenging climate and terrain of Svalbard in the High Arctic along with Electronics lecturer, Andy Pomfret.

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The top ten mammals surviving because of zoos

Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2013

A tiger, a West African primate and a large antelope are among species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report co-ordinated by Dr Andrew Marshall from the University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo.

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Bright birds make good mothers

Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Female blue tits with brightly coloured crowns are better mothers than duller birds, according to a new study led by the University of York.

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Captive humans go on display at North Yorkshire zoo

Posted on Friday 9 August 2013

The University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo are teaming up to treat zoo visitors to a rare sight - the UK’s only captive group of Homo sapiens.

Earthworms could help scientists ‘dig’ into past climates

Posted on Monday 8 July 2013

A team of UK researchers believe earthworms could provide a window into past climates, allowing scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.

National recognition for groundbreaking University of York business collaboration

Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2013

An innovative scientific and educational collaboration between the University of York and Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo has scooped a top national award in recognition of the outstanding impact of its conservation and educational work.

Eco database to map landscape projects

Posted on Tuesday 21 May 2013

Environmental projects which map some of the most important benefits we get from nature have been brought together for the first time in an online database, following national survey work by researchers in the University of York Environment Department.

New Masters in Environment degrees launched

Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Environment students are now able to study for a four-year integrated Masters

New departmental newsletter out

Posted on Tuesday 29 January 2013

Read the latest newsletter from the Environment Department

New newsletter for undergraduate offer holders

Posted on Friday 11 January 2013

Read our latest newsletter for undergraduate offer holders for 2013 entry

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York top 5 in UK for Environmental Sciences

Posted on Friday 6 July 2012

The University of York has been awarded a top 5 UK ranking and a top 30 world ranking in Environmental Sciences.

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The fate of the skate and the future of the ocean

Posted on Thursday 5 July 2012

The Common skate might seem like an unlikely conservation cause. Its close-set eyes and pointed nose lend it a sinister look, while its flattened, spreading wings seem almost devilish.

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BESS Launch 2012

Posted on Friday 29 June 2012

Over 90 scientists, managers and policy practitioners attended the launch of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) research programme on 22 June in London

World leaders' 'slow progress' on protecting global oceans

Posted on Tuesday 19 June 2012

A University of York academic is part of an international team of researchers which has reviewed commitments made by governments to protect the world's oceans and shown that there has been little success over the past 20 years.

West Antarctica's ice sheet

Posted on Friday 11 May 2012

Researchers have warned that the stability of a part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is potentially under threat following a survey of the Institute and Möller ice streams.

Going wild for conservation

Posted on Wednesday 9 May 2012

A pioneering partnership is helping put conservation at the top of the agenda at a popular UK zoo.

2020 - Safeguarding York from flooding

Posted on Tuesday 8 May 2012

2020, an experimental short course themed around the issue of flooding in York with representatives from York City Council, the Environment Agency and York Archaeological Trust.



Employability talk: Internships and Consultancy

Today's seminar is an employability talk "Internships and Consultancy" and will be delivered by Paul Gill of Environmentally Sustainable Systems Ltd.


Air Pollution and Public Health: emerging hazards and improved understanding of risk

Frank is an eminent researcher and has done lots of high-profile work and media participation focused on air pollution and public health – see this page for his biography and his many media appearances. The talk will be around 40-45 minutes long with time for in-depth questions (around 45 minutes) if anyone is particularly interested in speaking with Frank. All are very welcome!


Saving our bumblebees

Today's seminar "Saving our bumblebees" will be delivered by Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex and is also the Environment Dept and SEI-Y Christmas Lecture and Soiree.