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A new study published in Nature uses more than 30 years of research to show that the evolution of wild species can cause localised extinctions.
- The tale of the Edith's checkerspot: Butterflies caught in an evolutionary trap (Nature Video)
- How one man's death led to the extinction of a butterfly population (Ars Technica)
- Rapid evolution fails to save butterflies from extinction (Phys.Org)
- La fable du papillon damier qui n'arrivait plus à évoluer (Le Figaro - in French)
- Rapid Evolution Fails To Save Butterflies From Extinction (Eurasia Review)
- A rancher dies, and butterflies lose the farm (Cosmos Magazine)
- The Evolutionary Trap That Wiped Out Thousands Of Butterflies (Forbes Magazine)
- Wild species go extinct after fighting to adapt to human changes (Earth.com)
- Evolution sometimes leads up blind alley (The Economist)
We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we're drowning in it (National Geographic)
Professor Richard Thompson, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit, features in an extensive piece looking at scientific research into the issue and how it is changing the way we think about plastic.
How India’s Fishermen Turn Ocean Plastic Into Roads (National Geographic)
Dr Sabine Pahl is quoted as part of an extensive piece exploring global attitudes to plastic and how communities worldwide are taking different approaches to addressing the problems posed by marine litter.
Plastic Fantastic (BBC Radio 4)
Professor Richard Thompson also appears in all three episodes of a new BBC Radio 4 series, Plastic Fantastic, which looks at our love/hate relationship with plastic and the efforts to find a global solution to the problem of plastic waste.
New research funded by the Government will allow scientists to study how tiny plastic particles from tyres, synthetic materials like polyester, and fishing gear enter our waterways and oceans.
- Government launches microplastics research to protect oceans (Gov.uk)
- Textiles and tyres: Government launches microplastics research (Business Green)
- Government Pledges £200000 For Microplastics Research (CIWM Journal Online)
- Plymouth scientists to track tiny plastic pieces from source to ocean (ITV News)
- Scientists to research how microplastics end up in sea (Metro)
- Plymouth researchers receive Govt grant for ocean rubber and synthetics analysis (British Plastics & Rubber)
- UK team studying impact of tyres, clothing on marine life (Fibre2fashion.com)
- Study to analyse impact of tires and textiles on the marine environment (Phys.Org)
New research has shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a ‘helpful’ and ‘enjoyable’ motivational interview (MI), a counselling technique designed to support behaviour change.
Is it OK to ‘spy’ on my child with a tracking app? (Daily Telegraph)
Professor Andy Phippen is quoted in an article examining the technologies parents can use to keep an eye on the children.
Local election 2018 results
Emeritus Professor of Politics Colin Rallings was quoted in the analysis before and after the nation went to the polls.
- As far as the local elections go, what matters is location, location, location (New Statesman)
- Mismanaging expectations and a set of strangely comforting results (Local Government Chronicle)
- Tories and Theresa May are braced for a bruising night at the polls (Daily Mail)
What is a Globster? (NewsWeek)
Dr Nick Higgs, Deputy Director of the Marine Institute, is commented in a feature about a mysterious sea monster which washed up in the Philippines.
A study by the University is mentioned as part of an article which reports that three in four British people feel so overwhelmed by stress that they are unable to cope with everyday tasks.