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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

The World Health Organization is holding World Antibiotics Awareness Week this week (14-20 November 2016) to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practice among a number of sectors. Dr Andrew Singer of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has written the following blog post explaining some of the issues and current focuses of research:

Into the Blue - CEH science goes on tour to Manchester!

Last week scientists from across the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology took part in NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ public engagement and networking event held at Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park.

Thousands of members of the public, of all ages, visited during the week of 25-29 October 2016. Three evening stakeholder events were also held for the wider NERC community from business, politics, and academia.

Cumbrian Lakes Research Forum 2016

A whole year has elapsed since the first Cumbrian Lakes Research Forum and the event this year proved even more popular. The idea of the forum is to share new developments in lake research, regulation and management, with plenty of time for discussion of key issues affecting lakes and freshwaters. This provides a welcome opportunity for interaction between scientists, policy makers, lake and land managers, Rivers’ Trusts, water industry and interested citizens.

First evidence of microplastics in UK freshwater environments

CEH scientists published a study last week showing the first evidence of microplastic particles in UK freshwater environments.  ‘Microplastics’ - plastic particles of less than 5mm diameter - are an issue of growing concern as they persist in the environment. They have been widely studied in marine ecosystems but, until now, no studies have investigated their presence in rivers in the UK, despite the likelihood of microplastics entering and accumulating within rivers. 

Lifetime achievement award for Sarah and Mike

Professors Sarah Wanless and Mike Harris of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology were the hugely popular recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's International Seabird Group Conference.

Analysing the state of the UK’s nature

by Dr Nick Isaac and Charlie Outhwaite, co-authors of State of Nature 2016

The first State of Nature report published in 2013 was influential for shaping the debate about wildlife conservation in the UK. Tomorrow (14 September 2016) sees the publication of the follow-up State of Nature 2016, with updated analysis and reporting. Some of you may have seen a preview of the 2016 report on BBC TV's Countryfile programme this weekend.

Wild bees and neonicotinoids – defining the decline

Earlier this week our new paper linking wild bee declines with neonicotinoid pesticides was published. This is a controversial topic so the media attention has been pretty intense: so far we’ve done numerous interviews for TV, radio and written journalism, all helped by a briefing session at the excellent Science Media Centre in London.

CEH presents… International Freshwater Science

PhD student Jessica Richardson reflects on the recent International Society of Limnology congress (SIL2016) which featured a number of presentations by CEH colleagues, Jess included...

CEH is doing some big science in freshwater research. Science that addresses some of the most pressing issues facing freshwater resources today. Science that I feel, as a young researcher, is leading the future of limnology and freshwater research in general. And, science that I'm very excited to be part of.

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