Scotland’s only sloths have been revealed for the first time after being welcomed by Edinburgh Zoo, Laura Piper from STV News reports.
Scotland’s only sloths have been revealed for the first time after being welcomed by Edinburgh Zoo, Laura Piper from STV News reports.
Steven Brown reports on Scotland’s ambitious targets to reach net zero by 2045. What does net zero mean, how will we achieve it and are we on track?
Haley Bouma from visits a seagrass restoration project in Argyll and explains why trapping blue carbon is good for the environment.
COP26 will see leaders from across the globe to discuss what steps can be taken to halt the climate crisis. Laura Piper explains what issues the delegates will discuss.
Louise Scott from STV news reports on trials of a hybrid electric plane. Operating from Orkney, the 6 seater plane uses an electric powered battery which can be charged from renewable energy sources so has much lower emissions compared to traditional planes. It also has an engine in case of an emergency.
Steven Brown from STV News reports on a powerful tidal turbine which is generating power to homes off Orkney. Renewable energy sources are an important way for us to reduce our emissions and fight climate change.
Laura Piper from STV News speaks to kind hearted volunteers who are helping toads make their annual migration to ponds for their breeding season. Without their help, the toads struggle to survive due to roads and houses being built on their migration route (first broadcast Spring 2021).
From changing suppliers to improving the biodiversity on our site, Glasgow Science Centres Green Team have been working hard to reduce our environmental impact. Discover the changes we have made on our journey towards carbon neutral.
You might hear the term Net Zero on news programmes and documentaries about climate change. Science Communicator Jennifer explains what Net Zero means and why its an important target in the fight against climate change.
We hear a lot about climate change in the media and it often comes alongside images of extreme weather. Science Communicator Jennifer explains the difference between climate change and weather and how climate change can cause extreme weather events acrss the world.
In November 2021, Glasgow hosts COP26, but what is COP26 and why is it important? Our Science Communicator Jennifer explains the purpose of the conference and why it is a crucial opportunity to tackle climate change.
Discover glacial calving – what is it and how is it affected by climate change? Join GeoBus for their 1 minute introduction to the topic.
Scientists can decode the pattern of a tree’s growth rings to learn which years were warm or cool, and which were wet or dry. Scientists combine the ring patterns in living trees with wood from trees that lived long ago, such as the wood found in old logs, wooden furniture, buildings like log cabins, and wooden ships, in order to build a longer historical record of climate than the lifespan of a single tree can provide. You can decode tree ring data to learn about past climates and extreme weather events using a simple simulation.
The Cairngorms National Park is the biggest in the UK and it’s amazing for wild plants. It supports over 1,900 species across diverse habitats, from the Caledonian pine woods to the tundra-like plateaus. Join us on a journey through the Cairngorms National Park as we highlight not only our rarest wild plants and habitats, but the people who came together for our Cairngorms Wild Plants project to save the “jewels in the Cairngorms crown.”
The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s largest and leading marine conservation charity. We fight for the future of our ocean through people-powered action – with science on our side. Our resources take you through the role of blue carbon in aiding climate recovery, what our beach cleaning data tells us each year about plastics, and how to get involved. Plus, more about the secrets of our ocean creatures.
Become a citizen scientist and record simple data like how much litter you find on a beach clean, what type of seaweed you spot at the seaside and what animals you see at the UK coast. This data collected by people like you has been used to introduce the 5p carrier bag charge, properly label wet wipes as unflushable, campaign for a Deposit Return Scheme and more. Find out more in the links below.
Become a Citizen Scientist and help clean our beaches.
Explore the coastline with a Seashore Safari Guide –
Help our campaign to Stop Ocean Threads – sign the petition for filters to be fitted to washing machines.
Get down to the shore and take part in The Big Seaweed Search, our citizen science project looking at them impacts of climate change on our seaweeds.
When we think about air pollution our instincts are to look to urban areas. But our most sensitive species and beautiful habitats are affected by air pollution from miles away. Join Head of Plantlife Scotland, Alistair Whyte, as he reminds us what makes our mountaintops so important and the threats they face. Iconic landscapes, like the Cairngorms National Park, are in danger if we don’t recognise the silent killer advancing upon them. It’s not too late, clean air for the Cairngorms is still possible.
Take action today for #CleanAirDay Discover the Cairngorms Wild Plant Project by Plantlife Scotland in this video.
Our wind panel technology uses patented aerofoil fins that act independently to capture the kinetic energy from wind and noise. When wind passes over our aerofoils, they create a “fluttering” effect that converts the wind energy into mechanical vibrations. These vibrations are collected using our Uni Directional String Mirror (UDSM) panels to drive linear generators converting them into carbon-free electricity. A flexible technology, our panels can be used in urban centres, along motorways, provide perimeter fencing and noise barriers for airports, and an off-grid solution for electric-vehicle charging points.
Our novel Heat Engine captures and converts low quality waste heat from power generations, industry, and data centres. It converts the waste heat into fluid vibrations using Bi-Fluids. The kinetic energy within the fluid vibrations are captured and converted to mechanical vibrations using our multiple patented Thermal Vibrational Bell (TVB) fins. These vibrations are collected using our Uni Directional String Mirror (UDSM) panels to drive linear generators creating high quality carbon-free electricity.
Scotland’s rainforest is a kind of temperate rainforest – a globally rare habitat found on less than 1% of the world’s surface, where a high level of rainfall, year-round mild temperatures and clean air provide perfect conditions for rainforest to develop. It’s found in other parts of the UK and Europe too, but the best rainforest in all of Europe is found right here in Scotland.
Only around 30,000 hectares are left – an area slightly bigger than Edinburgh. These woodlands face some large-scale threats. The top two are invasion of the non-native species rhododendron ponticum, which chokes these woodlands, and high deer numbers which prevent them regenerating. These woodlands are also quite small and fragmented – so they’re not very resilient to threats and we need to increase that resilience by expanding them and connecting them.
The Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest is a voluntary partnership of more than 20 different organisations that want Scotland’s rainforest to thrive once again. Not just for the benefit of the special plants and animals of the rainforest, but also for the people who live and work among them. Find out more from Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest.
For the last 20 years robotic floats have drifted around our oceans and reported back their measurements every 10 days. Dr Alejandra Shanchez-Franks tells us about how they have revolutionised our understanding of the role of the oceans in climate change.
Observing how much impact climate change has on our oceans is important for human health and prosperity. Dr Beatriz Recinos Rivas explains how we measure sea surface temperatures (SST) from ships, ocean robots and from satellites orbiting the planet.
Climate change causes changes in ocean temperature, ocean acidification and deoxygenation, leading to changes in oceanic circulation and chemistry, rising sea levels, increased storm intensity, as well as changes in the diversity and abundance of marine species. We make observations of the sea water using a device called a Conductivity Temperature and Depth (CTD). Find out more from Dr Ben Moat.
Photo credit: Pieter Haringsma
Buzzzz! Fly into this interview with Andy Benson from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) as we shine a spotlight on the key differences between honeybees and bumblebees, explore why bumblebees are so important as pollinators in the UK’s ecosystems and highlight the fantastic work BCT are doing to help conserve our striped friends through citizen science projects like BeeWalk. You better BEE there!
Join environmental activist Laura Young (also known as Less Waste Laura) as she shares tips and tricks on how to reduce waste and create a more sustainable future for our planet. Discover the inspiration behind her journey toward less waste and the positive impact individual actions can have on climate change. Includes Q&A session recorded during our February 2021 festival.
Watch a brand-new NERC funded animation about pollution and the citizen science project BiB Breathes, where children in Bradford have the opportunity to measure how much air pollution they’re exposed to on their way to and from school.
Join the team at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo for a Live tour of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros enclosure. Meet rhinos Qabid and Sanjay, learn about rhinos, how climate change is affecting them and how Edinburgh Zoo are saving these animals through their important conservation work in Scotland and around the world.
Join the team at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo for a Live tour of Koala Territory. Learn about koalas, how climate change is affecting them and how Edinburgh Zoo are saving these animals through their important conservation work in Scotland and around the world.
It’s not just polar bears and Arctic animals that are facing the threat of Climate Change, but animals in the Savannah too! Join GSC and WWF as we discuss the affects climate change will have on African species like sea turtles, mountain gorillas and African elephants.
It might be easy to see how Climate Change is affecting the polar regions but what about UK and Scotland? Join GSC and Sheila George, the Food and Environmental Policy Manager at WWF to discuss the effects Climate Change is having on our land, nature and communities.
With the ice melting in the Earth’s polar regions, Arctic communities are coming into more frequent contact with polar bears. Join Rhona Kent, a Polar Oceans Specialist, to explore how WWF are developing technology that helps to limit human and animal conflict in the Arctic
Air pollution and climate change are two very different issues, but like so many things on our planet they are also connected.
Kirsty Pringle from the University of Leeds, explains how air pollution affects children and how the BiB breaths projects aims to monitor children’s exposure to air pollution over a two year period.
Air pollution and climate change are two very different issues, but like so many things on our planet they are also connected. Air pollution is the addition of chemicals into the atmosphere that can harm human health, whereas climate change is the addition of chemicals that can change the temperature of the planet.
Some of the pollutant chemicals that can damage our health can also affect the temperature, for example ozone pollution in towns and cities can cause breathing problems for humans, but it can also absorb radiation (similar to carbon dioxide) which will warm the atmosphere. So many of the chemicals that we emit in the atmosphere have a role to play in both air pollution and climate change.
On the other hand, climate change has the potential to affect the amount of air pollution, one example of this is that as the temperatures rise, wildfires are becoming more common, these can produce vast amounts of toxic smoke that can cause breathing difficulties.
Air pollution is increasingly been shown to have a harmful effect in almost every organ of our bodies resulting in a range of diseases; it is thought to increase our chances of getting lung disease, heart disease, dementia and diabetes. More recently, there have also been studies that linked air pollution to levels of obesity and poor mental health. The mechanisms for these health effects are still not fully understood, but it is thought that exposure to air pollution causes stress to our bodies, which seems to speed up the ageing of our lungs and other organs, thus making us more susceptible to disease. It’s an area of science where new discoveries are being made really rapidly, so in a few years I’m sure we will know a lot more.
The project is really exciting, there is increasing evidence that a significant fraction of the air pollution exposure in children happens during the school run, but it is tricky to know when and why exposure occurs. To address this, we are running a research project where we will train over 100 children across 12 schools in Bradford to be Citizen Scientists and take their own measurements of air pollution. The project will run over two years with children taking regular measurements throughout this time.
Air pollution levels in Bradford are quite high, so in just over a year’s time a Clean Air Zone will be introduced in the city, this should reduce concentrations of pollution. Because our study runs for a year before and a year after the Clean Air Zone is introduced, the measurements from our citizen scientists should be able to tell us whether the Clean Air Zone has made a real change to the amount of pollution the children are breathing.
Unfortunately, yes, in addition to causing illness, the pollution can affect the children’s physical development. Children breath more frequently than adults, so more air passes in and out of their bodies (for their size). Because children are still growing air pollution can change how they grow. A recent study in London found that children who lived in areas with a lot of air pollution had smaller lungs than those living in cleaner areas (5% reduction in lung volume).
Children are also often exposed to more pollution than adults, especially pollution in car exhausts because they are shorter, so they are closer to car exhausts. I notice it walking on the school run, if there is a cloud of exhaust from an idling car, I’m tall enough to pass above the cloud but my kids have to walk straight through. That’s why it’s important not to leave the car engine running if you are parked up!
The response has been fantastic, especially so considering how busy schools are at the moment. We have all 12 schools signed up and we did our first trial in November and the children really enjoyed taking part.
There are a few projects that will measure air pollution in Scotland. One is called GEMM and will place sensors around Glasgow ahead of the COP26 conference. We have also placed some commercially available sensors at a couple of locations in Scotland, you can take a look at the data on this web page: https://www2.purpleair.com/.
Although we are right to worry about air pollution in the UK, the air here is cleaner than in many other countries – globally air pollution is estimated to lead to 4.2 million premature deaths each year, many of which are in India, Pakistan and parts of China and Africa where emission controls are often weaker and there are fewer measurements of air pollution. In the UK it is estimated that between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year can be linked to exposure to air pollution, it is the single largest environmental health threat.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your exposure:
Dr. Rae returns to help investigate climate science further, answer any questions and give advice on sustainable lifestyles by responding to questions put forward by our followers on social media.
Glasgow Science Centre is joined by Dr. James Rae to help us understand just what climate change is, why it’s so serious and how we can go about solving it.
Dr. James Rae is an Earth and Climate Scientist in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at St Andrews University. His main goal as a scientist is to develop our understanding of the carbon cycle and climate.
In 2015, Dr. Rae was awarded the European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Biogeochemistry, for his contributions to understanding past climate change and its causes.
Antarctic ice cores hold the secrets of our past climate. In this film, EPICA shows us how they drilled in East Antarctica to retrieve a climate record.
Join GeoBus for a 1 minute rundown of how glaciers shape the landscape.
Join GeoBus for a 1 minute insight into how human activity is contributing to climate change and the impact this is having on glaciers and life on our world.
Join GeoBus for a 1 minute breakdown of glaciers.
Join GeoBus for a 1 minute introduction to climate change and discover how a rise in global temperature is contributing to rising sea levels and changing weather. Find out the far reaching impact these changes are having on our world.
Join GeoBus as they explain what the Greenhouse Effect is in under a minute.
What is biodiversity, where can we see it and why is it important? Discover more in GSC’s Learning Lab video.