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Guilty: L’Aquila Earthquake Scientists Sentenced to 6 Years Imprisonment

As a young scientist undertaking research into natural hazards and disaster reduction, I found the decision yesterday to find a number of scientists guilty of manslaughter very worrying. The case against the scientists is centred on the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 and argues that they were guilty of providing “inexact, incomplete and contradictory” information. There is helpful a ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (53) – Earthquake Emergency Shelter – Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou, China – Earthquake Emergency Shelter Interesting questions about preparedness, local education and awareness were raised on a recent visit to Lanzhou, China, after I was told on a coach from the airport that Lanzhou was not affected by earthquakes. During my visit to the University there, I came across this sign which offered a stark contradiction. Lanzhou regularly experiences smal ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Workshop Advertisement: Dynamics and Impact of Interacting Natural Hazards

Happy new year ! After all the extra food and booze the holidays bring along, many by now would have returned back to their desks planing the new year targets and deadlines. First on the list is probably the EGU abstract submission deadline on the Thursday 16 January, 13:00 CET. A session you might find of interest is SM1.7/EOS17: Seismological and Geophysical Apps. This session focuses on the use ...[Read More]

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International Day for Disaster Reduction: A Challenge to Geoscientists

Words on Wednesday aims at promoting interesting/fun/exciting publications on topics related to Energy, Resources and the Environment. If you would like to be featured on WoW, please send us a link of the paper, or your own post, at *** Asadieh, B. and Krakauer, N. Y.: Global trends in extreme precipitation: climate models versus observations, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 8 ...[Read More]

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Friday Photo (52) – Taklamakan Desert

Summer time as an early career geochemist can mean many things, to some it is vacation time, to others it is field season, and yet for others it is time to enroll in a summer school. ECORD, the European Consortium for Ocean Drilling, offers at least one summer school a year. If you work with foraminifera you may be familiar with the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology, sorry to disappoint, bu ...[Read More]

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Top Travel Tips (6) – Daniel Sharpe

In this month’s (first ever for our blog) Life of a Scientist interview, we are very happy to talk to Dr Miho Janvier, a Researcher at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay (France), whose work has shed some light on the understanding of solar eruptions and coronal mass ejections  (or solar storms) from their birth in the Sun’s corona to their evolution in interplanetary space ...[Read More]

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In The News – October 2012

A few things have caught my eye in the news recently, a mix of good and tragic: Toilets in India: The BBC reported last week that the Indian Supreme Court have ordered that every school have clean water and suitable sanitation facilities within six months. If this is obeyed, and goes hand in hand with appropriate hygiene training it could lead to many positive results, as outlined on the Tearfund ...[Read More]


Montserrat: Open for Business

One of the great privileges of working on volcanoes is that you get the chance to visit some amazing places, and to meet some extraordinary people. Recently, I got the chance to return to Montserrat, a small volcanic island in the Caribbean which has been the site of a dome-forming eruption since July 1995. I had first visited Montserrat in early 1998, when I had a short tour as one of the staff s ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Friday Photo (51) – Loess Collapse/Subsidence

In 1904, the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius suggested that the burning of fossil fuels to satiate our hunger for energy would increase the percentage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which would change the Earth’s temperature. Regular measurements of atmospheric CO2, started in the late 1950’s at remote locations such as Mauna Loa in Hawaii and the South Pole, confirmed his hypothesis ...[Read More]

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Lessons from China (3) – Geotourism, A Case Study

The EGU has been a pioneer in open-access publications, the mission statement can be found on the publications page of the EGU webpage. This is alongside EGGS, the EGU newsletter. There are currently 16 open access peer-reviewed journals, each with their own homepage which can be found on the publications page. On Fridays, articles from the journals will be highlighted along with research presente ...[Read More]