Increased snowfall will offset sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice sheet, new study finds
19 August 2021
A new study predicts that any sea level rise in the world’s most southern continent will be countered by an increase in snowfall, associated with a warmer Polar atmosphere. Using modern methods to calculate projected changes to sea levels, researchers discovered that the two ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica respond differently, reflecting their very distinct local climates.
Blue-green algae key to unlocking secrets of ancient past
17 August 2021
Oxygen-producing bacteria emerged a thousand millions years before the great oxygenation event approximately 2400 million years ago, scientists have found.
Bristol academics elected as Fellows to The British Academy
23 July 2021
Three University of Bristol academics have been elected to The British Academy as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to social sciences, humanities and the arts.
Microbes feast on crushed rock in subglacial lakes beneath Antarctica
29 June 2021
Pioneering research has revealed the erosion of ancient sediments found deep beneath Antarctic ice could be a vital and previously unknown source of nutrients and energy for abundant microbial life.
Experts highlight advanced satellite data as vital tool in tackling climate change as countdown to COP26 continues
14 May 2021
Earth observation satellites provide the most comprehensive real-time check on the health of the planet and are playing a crucial role in the fight against global heating now and increasingly in future, according to leading climate scientists.
Antarctic ice sheet retreat could trigger chain reaction
13 May 2021
The Antarctic ice sheet was even more unstable in the past than previously thought, and at times possibly came close to collapse, new research suggests.
Professor of Hydrology elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
6 May 2021
The University of Bristol’s Professor of Hydrology, Paul Bates, has been elected as a Fellow of the world's most eminent scientific academy, the Royal Society, for his exceptional contributions to science.
Survey reveals many people have reservations about flying in future
22 April 2021
More than half of adults plan to fly less or much less, even after they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, citing worries about the virus and climate change, according to a survey carried out by the University of Bristol
The Internet brings people into big cities, new study suggests
15 April 2021
The widespread proliferation of the internet and information and communication technologies (ICT) has drawn people into urban centres, according to new research.
Research shows families with children have been hit hardest financially by COVID-19 pandemic
22 March 2021
New research has revealed four million children live in a family which has lost income since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those, 1.6 million children live in a family which has lost a third or more of its total household income, according to the findings.
Carbon uptake in re-growing Amazon forest threatened by climate and human disturbance
19 March 2021
Large areas of forests regrowing in the Amazon to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are being limited by climate and human activity.
Bristol part of new £10 million research centre to spur a greener global financial system
15 February 2021
The UK is investing £10 million in a new national green finance research centre that will advise lenders, investors and insurers, enabling them to make environmentally sustainable decisions, and support a greener global economy.
Pioneering research unravels hidden origins of Eastern Asia’s ‘land of milk and honey’
27 January 2021
A study has revealed for the first time the ancient origins of one of the world’s most important ecosystems by unlocking the mechanism which determined the evolution of its mountains and how they shaped the weather there as well as its flora and fauna.
Wetland methane cycling increased during ancient global warming event
13 January 2021
New research provides a stark warning of the need to address emissions from one of the most potent greenhouse gases - methane.
Research explains why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs
7 January 2021
New research by scientists at the University of Bristol explains how a ‘stop-start’ pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs.
Imminent sudden stratospheric warming to occur, bringing increased risk of snow over coming weeks
5 January 2021
A new study, led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath, helps to shed light on the winter weather we may soon have in store following a dramatic meteorological event currently unfolding high above the North Pole.
Summer temperatures could rise faster in the UK than average global rates
5 January 2021
The UK could be facing a future of extreme heatwaves according to a new study in which scientists mapped almost 40 years’ worth of trends to project what lies ahead.
Bamber Glacier named for Bristol Professor on 200th anniversary of Antarctica’s discovery
3 December 2020
The Government of the British Antarctic Territory has marked the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the frozen continent with the announcement of 28 new place names in the Territory – one of which, the Bamber Glacier, is named for University of Bristol Professor, Jonathan Bamber.
Specially-adapted drones gather new data from unexplored volcanoes
30 October 2020
Specially-adapted drones developed by an international team including Bristol scientists have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions.
Devastating hurricanes could be up to five times more likely in the Caribbean if tougher global warming targets are missed
27 August 2020
Global warming is dramatically increasing the risk of extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean, but meeting more ambitious climate change goals could up to halve the likelihood of such disasters in the region, according to new research.