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What if modern slavery is funding fast fashion?

Guest post by Amelia Watkins, director of UoN Against Slavery, for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 at The University of Nottingham.  Our world is broken.  Oxfam reported that the top 26 people in the world own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of humanity.  In this bottom half of humanity, the ILO cited poor working …

Understanding the mimicry and biological significance of hoverflies

Ria Anadkat, 4th year Zoology MSci student, outlines her research looking at the behaviour of some of the #beastsofuon.    A vast number of insect species observed throughout the UK tend to be overlooked – hoverflies often fall victims to this. In actual fact, these flies are indispensable when it comes to pollination, and the …

A Hi Vis Hello!

Ever wondered who is behind the UoN Sustainability social media posts? As of October, it’s normally me! My name  is Meg and I’ve recently joined the university’s sustainability team as a communication and engagement assistant. I’m a third year Natural Sciences student, on the Maths and Physics pathway. My hobbies include yoga, eating and spending …

The macro problem of a ‘micro’ pollutant

Tom Stanton, PhD researcher in the School of Geography and Faculty of Engineering, outlines his research on microplastics. From the upstream reaches of rivers to the remote Arctic, microplastic pollution persists throughout aquatic environments. All smaller than 5 mm – that’s about the size of the stud on top of a Lego brick – microplastic particles can …

Developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Sutton Bonington campus

Third year Plant Science student Bryony Gardner shares her experience of developing the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan. A plan to promote biodiversity Following on from a successful bid into the Environment Initiative Fund, I was part of a project running throughout the summer to help understand, protect and promote the biodiversity of Sutton Bonington campus. …

Why we need to reduce what waste we produce (and how you can help, too)

Guest post by Bonni Jee, SU Environment and Social Justice Officer 2018/19 It’s a pleasure to be writing one of the inaugural blogs for the aptly-named WasteNott campaign for this year, as your Students’ Union Environmental and Social Justice Officer. As an Environmental Science student, sustainability has always been a passion of mine, but I …

WasteNott – What actually happens to our waste?

An interview with Wastecycle – the University of Nottingham’s waste contractor What is Wastecycle? Wastecycle (soon to become ‘Enva’) is the current waste contractor for the University of Nottingham. We manage all of the general waste and recycling that comes out of the onsite bins and skips at the University and take it to a …

Clean Air Day 2018: how you can reduce your exposure to air pollution

The connection between air pollution and our health has been studied for decades. Air pollution is known to increase the risk of certain health problems including lung cancer, and makes some existing conditions such as asthma worse. Clean Air Day, an initiative by Global Action Plan, aims to raise awareness of the health impacts of UK …

Ingenuity18: solutions to reduce plastic use

Every year, around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic waste enters the ocean, where it can prove fatal to marine life. For scale, that’s the equivalent of a full rubbish truck of plastic being dumped in the ocean every minute. Ocean plastics was the focus of the final episode of the popular Blue Planet II …

Career profile: Tim Gale

The latest in our series of career profiles features Tim Gale, who studies MEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham and is currently out on a placement year. What is your role, how long have you been in it and where are you based? I work for Nottingham City Council, at Loxley House next …