Around the web

Blooming Plants isn’t the only place I write about science.

As well as writing for Synapse, the University of Bristol’s student science magazine, I take a more environmental approach on the Cabot Institute blog, often writing about research or events taking place at the University of Bristol. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for some of my Cabot Institute highlights).

Slightly off-topic, but I am also involved in the University of Bristol Doctoral College’s blog series A Year in the Life of a PhD student.

You can see some of my posts here:

Postgraduate research: student-employee limbo – The transition from Undergrad to PhD student is a strange one. I’ve decided that we are apprentice researchers, gaining skills and learning to take control of our work.

The unexpected benefits of a PhD – Isn’t it amazing to be surrounded by amazing ideas, top researchers, and chances to get involved in all kinds of amazing scientific outreach? Read more about the unexpected benefits of doing a PhD.

I tweet about awesome science too. Follow @Josesci for regular science-y news!

Some of my Cabot Institute highlights:

Professor Dame Julia Slingo: Modelling climate risk
The Chief Scientist of the Met Office discussed whether we are making extreme weather worse, and how we need to use climate risk predictions in real world contexts in order to make the most effective and efficient policies for the future.

John Cook in Bristol: The consensus gap
John Cook, creator of Sketical Science, spoke about the “consensus gap” problem, where 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are contributing significantly to global warming, but the public do not realise there is such high agreement. John talks about his fears that this misperception is preventing action and policy to stop global warming.

FIFA World Cup 2014: environmental friend or foe?
While FIFA boast of the most environmentally friendly World Cup ever, critics demand to know why more isn’t being done to reduce the impact of such an event. Read on for armadillos, sustainable development and carbon footprints.

A brief introduction to how Bristol’s plant science might save the world
Yields of wheat and corn are on the decline, and things are set to get worse. What sort of science is being done at the University of Bristol to try and feed the planet?

Uncertainties about the effects of fracking in the UK 
Fracking in the UK is a controversial topic. I went to an event at the University of West England discussing the risks of air pollution, water pollution and unpredictability of fracking in the UK.

Can we share our planet with wildlife?
Monty Don recorded a Shared Planet Programme (BBC Radio 4) in the Wills Memorial Hall, University of Bristol. A panel debated whether there are simply too many humans to live sustainably, or whether we could reduce consumption and live in harmony with the planet.

Global carbon budget reveals dangerous footprints
The annual Global Carbon Budget revealed that carbon dioxide emissions rose to the highest ever levels in 2012. I looked at the major CO2 emitting countries and where all that carbon goes.

Will global food security be affected by climate change?
Will climate change affect crops in the future? Increased carbon dioxide levels could be good for photosynthesis, but will higher temperatures, flooding and droughts counteract the benefits?

Neonicotinoids: Are they killing our bees?
The EU banned neonicotinoid pesticides for two years because of concerns about bee health. Do these chemicals really affect UK pollinators, or are experiments done in labs just not realistic?


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