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Durham climate expert chosen for prestigious panel

A Durham University expert on climate change has been appointed to the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC).
Professor Harriet Bulkeley in front of trees, looking off-camera

COP15: three visions for protecting nature on the table at the UN biodiversity conference

Professor Harriet Bulkeley, from our Department of Geography, describes how COP15 will set new targets for protecting biodiversity.
Frogs on a stem.

How cities are embracing nature-based solutions to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

As the planet warms, the demand for keeping cool is growing. The International Energy Agency estimate that air conditioners and electric fans today account for about 10% of all global electricity consumption and will triple by 2050 – requiring the equivalent of all the electricity currently used by the USA and Germany just to keep us cool.
A row of buildings in a green landscape.

Tracking harp seals in Canada

Dr James Grecian was part of the final episode of Frozen Planet II where he talks about the migration of harp seals.
Dr James Grecian in a helicopter and on the right an image of a seal.

Geography academics receive awards

Three of our academics have received awards for their research excellence. Professor Pippa Whitehouse has been awarded the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, Professor Rebecca Hodge has received the Gordon Warwick Award by the British Society for Geomorphology, and Professor David Evans has been awarded the Clough Medal of the Edinburgh Geological Society.
Professor Pippa Whitehouse, Professor Rebecca Hodge and Professor David Evans

Fate of the world’s biggest ice sheet is in our hands

The fate of the world’s biggest ice sheet is in our hands, researchers say.
East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Highest ever temperature recorded in Durham

Durham has recorded its highest ever maximum temperature of 36.9°C.
A view of Durham Cathedral and Castle on a sunny day

600,000-year-old finds point to some of Britain’s earliest humans

Early humans were present in Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago, according to new research involving our Department of Geography.
Artist's impression of early humans

Chronicling over 180 years of Durham’s changing climate

A new book chronicles the weather and climate in Durham over the past 180 years from ice-skating on the River Wear to the City’s hottest day.
A man sits on a bench next to the flooded River Wear

Two Geography Students Receive National Recognition for their Dissertations

Congratulations to Emma Brown and Dylan Inglis, who respectively received national recognition from specialty research groups of the Royal Geographical Society for their undergraduate dissertations in geography!
Geography Building Sign

Harriet Jennings awarded 2nd place in the RGS-IBG Participatory Geographies Research Group

Congratulations to Harriet Jennings, who received national recognition for undergraduate dissertation research!
Geography Building Sign

Dr Sarah Knuth shortlisted for Postgraduate Teaching Award

Dr Sarah Knuth, in the Department of Geography, has been shortlisted for Masters Teacher of the Year for her work on our Risk Masters program. Congratulations Sarah!
Banner image of teaching award