Floods: are we really at risk and what can we do about it?

Are we seeing more floods, or are the media just reporting them more? How at risk is the UK from future floods? We’ve all seen in recent years the devastation that floods can cause, and it seems as though these events are getting more frequent, but are they really?  Over the last ten years, northern England has been hit by a series of damaging floods, with the most recent occurring in March 2010. The topic of river floods is thus timely and of high socio-economic relevance.  From York in 2000 to Carlisle in 2005, Morpeth in 2008 to Cockermouth in 2009, damage to property and people’s everyday lives has been severe.

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New Rio+20 website live!

The website for our Rio+20 events is now live at www.ncl.ac.uk/rio20.

Calling all Newcastle University students! This is your chance to make your opinions count and be heard on a global stage.

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Registration open for Jack Jeffery Environment and Sustainability Lecture 2011

Registration is now open for this year’s Jack Jeffery Environment and Sustainability Lecture.

This year’s lecture will be delivered on 8 November by Professor Tim Jackson of the University of Surrey, author of  Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet
(Earthscan, 2009).

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Calling all Newcastle University students: have your voice heard on the global stage and win a trip to Rio!

Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Twenty years on from the first Earth Summit held in Rio, the Earth Summit 2012 will return to its place of origin. Participants in preparatory events held across the globe will discuss the topics to be debated during Rio+20 and, following this, world leaders will come together in Rio to determine future direction for our efforts to achieve global sustainability. Continue reading