Prehistoric desert footprints are earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on Arabian Peninsula

These findings represent the earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on the Arabian Peninsula, and demonstrates the importance of Arabia for understanding human prehistory.

Richard Clark-Wilson, PhD Candidate in Geography, Royal Holloway • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neanderthals homo-sapiens interdisciplinarity prehistory saudi-arabia

Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here's why

This celebrated research gives governments a reason to give climate change a low priority, but is based on spurious empirical data.

Steve Keen, Honorary Professor of Economics, UCL • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change economics interdisciplinarity climate-crisis gdp neoclassical-economics william-nordhaus

Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

Tags: permafrost ice russia interdisciplinarity climate-crisis siberia in-depth insights-series woolly-mammoth

How a new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

How new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

Finally we have a word to describe why wasps bother you in late summer: furlough.

Seirian Sumner, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, UCL • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects summer interdisciplinarity wasps furloughed-wokers

Zoos are key to the planet's healthy future – don't let them go extinct

Zoos are struggling more than most businesses.

Matyas Liptovszky, Honorary Assistant Professor of Zoo Animal Medicine, University of Nottingham • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity coronavirus animals interdisciplinarity animal-welfare zoos

Plastics could help build a sustainable future – here's how

Plastics are strong, durable, waterproof, lightweight, easy to mould, and recyclable – all key properties for construction materials.

Sibele Cestari, Research Fellow in Polymeric Materials, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: interdisciplinarity plastic circular-economy building plastic-waste construction-materials

Electric cars won't save us if the numbers don't add up – economist

It seems likely we are going to need radical reductions in future ownership of private vehicles as we transition to cleaner transport.

Jamie Morgan, Professor of Economics, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: transport electric-cars interdisciplinarity climate-crisis electric-vehicles cars decarbonisation

Economist: electric cars won't save us if the numbers don't add up

It seems likely we are going to need radical reductions in future ownership of private vehicles as we transition to cleaner transport.

Jamie Morgan, Professor of Economics, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: transport electric-cars interdisciplinarity climate-crisis electric-vehicles cars decarbonisation

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