The majority of Europe will experience higher warming than the global average if surface temperatures rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study published today.
A lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a large loss of potential talent to the UK according to the chair of the Royal Society’s Equality and Diversity Network (EDAN), Professor Edward Hinds FRS. The comment comes as the Royal Society publishes a report which gives the fullest picture yet of the scientific workforce in relation to diversity.
Approximately 20 per cent of people in the UK workforce need scientific knowledge and training to do their current jobs. A picture of the UK scientific workforce, published today (7 March), sets out to analyse and understand the composition of the scientific workforce in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic status and background.
Professor Edward Hinds FRS, said:
“With diversity comes a mix of ideas, skills and approaches. If the UK’s scientific workforce is not diverse, we are bound to be missing out on some great talent. At a time when the UK is seeking to use its scientific capabilities to help improve lives and rebuild the economy, it is more important than ever that we ensure the best scientists can flourish.”
Flocks of birds manage to navigate through difficult environments by individuals having predispositions to favour the left- or right-hand side, according to research published in PLOS Computational Biology this week.
PLOS Computational Biology
Scientists at The University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Vision Science found that budgerigars display individual bias to fly to the left or right. This allows flocks to quickly navigate past obstacles by being able to split and not slow down due to crowding.
New dinosaur species estimated up to 10 meters long and 4-5 tons.
Some of the world’s most recognisable and important landmarks could be lost to rising sea-levels if current global warming trends are maintained over the next two millennia.
Environmental Research Letters
This is according to a new study, published today, 5 March, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, that has calculated the temperature increases at which the 720 sites currently on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites would be impacted by subsequent sea-level rises.
The Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Tower of London and Sydney Opera House are among the 136 sites that would be impacted if the current global warming trend continues and temperatures rise to 3°C above pre-industrial levels in the next 2000 years—a likely and not particularly extreme scenario, according to the researchers.
Also impacted would be the city centres of Brugge, Naples, Riga and St. Petersburg; Venice and its Lagoon; Robben Island; and Westminster Abbey.