Media coverage – January 2018

Many second hand plastic toys could pose a risk to children’s health, study suggests

A study by Dr Andrew Turner, Reader in Environmental Science, which showed that some second hand toys contain toxic chemicals has received widespread international coverage. It suggested the plastic used in many second hand toys could pose a risk to children’s health because it may not meet the most up to date international safety guidelines.

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Europe’s lost forests – study shows coverage has halved over six millennia

A study led by Professor Neil Roberts, Professor Ralph Fyfe and Dr Jessie Woodbridge-Fisher has generated media coverage across a range of scientific outlets.

Published in Scientific Reports, the research examined how Europe’s forests have changed over the past 11,000 years, and was published on the EurekAlert,, ScienceDaily and International Business Times websites.

It was also shared extensively on social media, including by conservation organisations such as the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and American Forests.

Should you ban your child from using Snapchat? (The Times)

Professor Andy Phippen responded to news that the children’s commissioner for England has said that parents should stop their children using the app.

The impact of Storm Eleanor (BBC One Show)

Professor of Coastal Geomorphology Gerd Masselink talked about the impact of the storm on the beach at Perranporth, in North Cornwall.

Lecturer lends expertise to search for the nation's favourite nature book

Lecturer in English and Creative Writing Dr Miriam Darlington was part of a panel of experts working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project who were given the job of narrowing down hundreds of nominations from the public to a shortlist of ten top titles.

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Losing its sparkle: the dark side of glitter (The Guardian)

Professor Richard Thompson is quoted in a feature examining the environmental impact of glitter.

A solar shield could save us from climate change (Science Magazine)

Professor Camille Parmesan is quoted in a feature examining potential ways to protect the planet from the power of the Sun.

Government ban on microbeads (BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show)

Professor Richard Thompson OBE featured on a number of news outlets talking about the ban on companies using microbeads in cosmetics.

Wooden surfboards: that's one way to keep plastic out of the ocean... (The Telegraph)

Design graduate James Otter was interviewed about the environmental and other benefits of the wooden surfboards he makes.

TOUGH LOVE? The meaner your friends are, the more they care about you, study shows (The Sun)

Research by academics in the School of Psychology suggests that people who gave 'tough love' to their friends were actually more like to empathise with them and want them to succeed.

'Floating gold' found on beach (BBC News)

Professor of Organic Geochemistry Steve Rowland appeared on various BBC outlets after a musician claimed to have found a piece of ambergris on a beach in North Devon.

Could Tim Peake's spacecraft touch down in Devon? (Devon Live)

The University's involvement in a project to bring the astronaut's spacecraft and parachute to Plymouth generated media coverage.

The Mico looking to host international mathematics summit (Jamaica Gleaner)

The University's Centre of Innovation in Mathematics Teaching features in an article about efforts to enhance mathematics education in the Caribbean.

Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition winner announced (Superyacht News)

Ashley Scott, a product design student from the University of Plymouth, achieves success in Superyacht UK’s annual Young Designer Competition.

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