Increasing value of ivory poses major threat to elephant populations29 July 2019The global price of ivory increased tenfold since its 1989 trade ban by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), new research has found. The University of Bristol Veterinary School study, published in Biological Conservation [25 July], is the first to analyse trends in global ivory market values since the ban came into effect.
Plant virology and vector-transmitted disease experts join forces to help African farmers24 July 2019Farmers in African countries who face failing harvests due to insect vector plant diseases are being helped through a new training programme set up by leading experts in plant virology and vector-transmitted diseases. The CONNECTED network, led by an international consortium of universities including Bristol, is aiming to transform Sub-Saharan African agriculture through providing specialist training to crop researchers.
The great Bristol shake off - making our world earthquake safe3 July 2019Can fake earthquakes help safeguard nuclear reactors against natural disasters? Visitors to this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition will be given the opportunity to find out for themselves thanks to research from the University of Bristol, in collaboration with EDF Energy.
Clouds dominate uncertainties in predicting future Greenland melt24 June 2019New research led by climate scientists from the University of Bristol suggests that the representation of clouds in climate models is as, or more, important than the amount of greenhouse gas emissions when it comes to projecting future Greenland ice sheet melt.
How tides can trigger earthquakes18 June 2019An international team of scientists – including a volcanologist from the University of Bristol – have uncovered why underwater earthquakes are linked with the tides.
2019 Bristol Teaching Awards winners announced13 June 2019Nominees, winners and supporters of the 2019 Bristol Teaching Awards gathered in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building yesterday (Wednesday 12 June) to celebrate colleagues' outstanding contributions to teaching, student support and enhancement of the student learning experience.
Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions23 May 2019Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes from eastern China, according to new research published in Nature today [Wednesday 22 May] by an international team of scientists from the UK, South Korea, Japan, USA, Australia and Switzerland.
Bristol Eating Better Awards ‘brings positive change’10 May 2019A new report by the University of Bristol evaluating Bristol City Council’s Bristol Eating Better Awards, concludes there is significant benefit to both consumers and food businesses in participating in an officially recognised scheme.
Cabot Institute Innovation Fund 2019 – apply now!9 May 2019We are delighted to announce the annual call for proposals to the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund. A total of ~£30k is available to share between projects under this call. This will be distributed between the highest-ranked projects.
The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees1 May 2019For the very first time, researchers from the University of Bristol have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the whole year and revealed hungry gaps when food supply is not meeting pollinator demand. This novel finding reveals new ways of making farmland better for pollinators, benefitting the many crop plants and wildflowers that depend on them.
New research to explore peer-to-peer ‘free trade’ in excess energy1 May 2019Households and businesses that generate their own power through micro-renewables, such as solar panels and wind turbines, may soon be able to decide where to distribute their extra energy thanks to funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Bristol researchers venture to the Chernobyl Red Forest26 April 2019A multidisciplinary group of researchers from the University of Bristol, as part of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics, recently travelled to Chernobyl exclusion zone, 33 years after the nuclear accident at the power plant in Ukraine.
New satellite data sets reveal flood risk for vulnerable populations18 April 2019Scientists from the University of Bristol have modelled the likelihood of flooding in some of the world’s most hazardous zones to an unparalleled degree of accuracy. Their insights could help people and governments better protect themselves against risk and flood losses.
University of Bristol declares a climate emergency 17 April 2019The University of Bristol is joining with other organisations and institutions across the country and the world to become the first UK university to declare a climate emergency, reaffirming our strong and positive commitment to take action on climate change.
Earth’s recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years8 April 2019How long will it take our biosphere to recover from the current climate crisis? It’s a question that makes for a sobering examination of Earth’s ongoing destruction. And it’s to the past, specifically the fossils of a tiny species that went out with the dinosaurs, that scientists have turned for the answer.
Marine heatwave proves devastating to Shark Bay and dolphins, study finds1 April 2019Dolphin survival and reproductive rates suffered a significant decline following a 2011 marine heatwave affecting around 1,000km of Western Australia’s coastline. The findings, published in Current Biology and representing an international collaboration of researchers and universities, including Zurich and Bristol, have important implications for marine conservation and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Volcano cliffs can affect monitoring data, study finds22 March 2019New research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and co-authored by the University of Bristol reveals that sharp variations of the surface of volcanoes can affect data collected by monitoring equipment