NERC and Hay Festival launch Trans.MISSION project merging science and art
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Hay Festival have joined forces to launch Trans.MISSION, a new project pairing leading environmental scientists with award-winning artists to communicate cutting-edge science to new audiences at Hay Festival 2018 and beyond.
Ally Lewis, atmospheric chemist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) joins Aardman Animation Studios’ director Dan Binns to look at air pollution. NCAS climate scientist Ed Hawkins pairs children’s author Nicola Davies to analyse extreme weather events. Climate scientist and mathematician at British Antarctic Survey Emily Shuckburgh joins award-winning designer, author and illustrator Chris Haughton (A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan) to explore polar science and climate change.
Step change required for tackling UK air quality
A new report on improving air quality has been published by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care and Transport Committees. NCAS’s Professor Ally Lewis and Dr Sarah Moller, who are atmospheric chemists based at the University of York, provided evidence and recommendations that were quoted widely by the committees in the report.
More sting jet storms likely due to global warming
The UK could be hit by more than double the number of storms with exceptional wind speeds, like the one that caused mayhem across south east England in October 1987, if global warming continues, scientists have warned.