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Exploring the Arctic from space

By Ruth Howells, on 20 January 2012

The first Lunch Hour Lecture of the new term was held on 17 January – the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott and his team of explorers reaching the South Pole. So the topic of scientific exploration and measurement in the polar regions is an apt one.

In a busy Darwin Lecture Theatre, an audience of all ages opened their lunchboxes and poised themselves to listen to the day’s speaker, Dr Katharine Giles from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM), part of UCL Earth Sciences.

Katharine’s lecture was about understanding the physical processes taking place in the polar regions by using increasingly sophisticated satellites. Her main area of research is measuring the changes in sea ice cover in these regions.


Dispatch from Durban: COP17

By news editor, on 7 December 2011

Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Institute for Human Health & Performance) reports from COP17 in Durban, South Africa (28 November–9 December).

So here I am in Durban, halfway through the UN climate negotiations known as COP17. As a scientist, the world of politics is always alien. Indeed, politicians seem to show scant regard for logic when determining a course of action.

The world is warming – confirmed most recently by a ‘sceptic-funded’ piece of research from Berkeley. Such data support those of NASA and the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administation. The measured warming is also slightly WORSE than that reported by UEA – the subject of the (debunked) ‘climategate’ issue.

As UCL’s own Professor Chris Rapley points out, the entire body of credible scientists in the world subscribe this warming to the release of greenhouse gases as a result of human activity. And, as he also points out, no sceptic can come up with an alternative explanation (it isn’t sunspots, or changes in the earth’s orbit/axis, which drive such change over millenia). Further, that this warming is driving changes in extreme weather events is now confirmed by a UN report this November. And things will get worse.


Implementing the EU’s CO2 Storage Directive: Challenges and Opportunities

By news editor, on 9 November 2011

Environmental lawyers, geologists and international policy makers were amongst the diverse participants attracted to a 7 November event hosted by the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme. The conference, entitled “Implementing the CO2 Storage Directive: Challenges and Opportunities”, explored how the European Union Directive on the Geological Storage of CO2 is being put in place. It also addressed public engagement issues around carbon capture and storage. Alexandra Malone, Research Assistant at UCL Laws, reports.

Not a climate change technology buff or an expert on the intricacies of EU law? Then here’s a quick primer on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the UCL Carbon Capture Legal Programme (CCLP).