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Map of the South Island of New Zealand showing the ground deformation and location of the surface rupture from the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

Scientists from the School of Earth and Environment are involved in a study showing dramatic data from the last year’s major earthquake in Kaikoura, New Zealand, that will change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards...[more]

At the end of Feb, Colin Jones (employed by Leeds, works for NCAS, but based at Met Office) presented at an event at the European Parliament. The event was about “Realizing the 2015 Paris Agreement – Pathways to and benefits of...[more]

Billions of years ago the young planet Earth was much different from the one we inhabit today, with wildly fluctuating surface temperatures and an atmosphere and oceans filled with gases toxic to life as we know it. [more]

A new study published recently in Nature Communications highlights the importance of Antarctic ice sheet advance in causing changes in the Pacific ocean during the decent into the ice ages, at the Plio-Pleistocene Transition (3.2...[more]

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. The remains are at least 3,770 million years old.

Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered -  providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth.  An international research team has found tiny filaments and tubes...[more]

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the relationship between the colour of soot particles and the effect of such atmospheric pollution on climate.[more]

New research based on Precambrian rocks provides insight into how life evolved alongside changes in the chemistry of Earth’s surface. [more]

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region. [more]

IGT scientists Dr Jon Mound and Dr Phil Livermore had the following article published in The Conversation The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar...[more]

There is huge potential for using electric vehicles to tackle climate change, give us cleaner air and grow the green economy. The question is, when it will make sense for most of us to ditch diesel and petrol, and go electric?...[more]