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China field class 2019

I was pleased to participate on the first University of Reading Environmental Science undergraduate field class to Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), organised by my…

Essay on American Pie added to Library of Congress

In 2018, the Library of Congress National Preservation Board invited me to contribute an essay on “American Pie” as part of their recognition of the importance of this…

Crete field class 2016

Based in Chora Sfakion on the SW coast of Crete the field trip provides a valuable learning experience for second year Human and Physical Geography students. “Observation and…

Energy subsidies – fossil fuels versus renewables

The costs and benefits of different energy sources for electricity generation is a popular choice for student projects but specific data can be difficult to come by. Following…

London ‘Super Sewer’ approved

Planning permission granted today for the £4.2bn Thames Tidesway Tunnel to assure London’s continued compliance with the 1991 EC Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/11091626/Water-bills-to-rise-by-80-as-London-super-sewer-approved.html Further Information: http://www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk/

Historic oil and coal production data – August 2014 update

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has released updated data showing UK coal and oil production, exports and imports 1890 to 2013. North Sea crude oil production…

Robert Howard’s history of typhus

Howard, R. (1844) A history of the typhus of Heptonstall-Slack, which prevailed as an endemic during the winter of 1843-4 ; accompanied by remarks on the sanatory state…

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg has said in many interviews that he fell in love with music after hearing Don McLean’s song Vincent on an episode of The Simpsons. Jake saw Don…

Crete Field Trip 2013

Just back from the field trip to Chora Sfakion, Crete with 26 students and my colleagues Maria Shahgedanova and Jess Neumann.

Research update

My most recent research collaboration has been with Defu Xu, an associate professor in the College of Environmental Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology….