Life on the banks of a polluted river

The growth of Dhaka – one of the world’s largest and densely populated cities – has been fueled by migrant workers, many drawn by opportunities offered by the city’s heavily polluting Ready Made Garment sector. REACH post-doc, Dr Sonia Ferdous Hoque, recounts her recent visit to one of the most polluted stretches of Dhaka’s Turag River.

The Angola Low and Southern African rainfall in climate models

New research by Callum Munday, DPhil student at Oxford University’s School of Geography and Environment, sheds light on complex southern African climate dynamics, offering hope for improved regional climate prediction.

Reforming water abstraction in the UK: a parliamentary perspective

Jerome Mayaud, DPhil student at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, shares his experience of a recent posting within the UK’s Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST).

Social safeguards in Chinese-led dam projects in Indochina

New research by Oxford DPhil student, Julian Kirchherr, documents how Chinese dam builders are increasingly adopting international standards in response to dam opposition.

Lakes as well as oceans: understanding new evidence of the impact of climate change in the Early Jurassic Period

Earth Sciences DPhil student, Weimu Xu talks to the Oxford Science Blog about her new paper, recently published in Nature Geoscience, which explores effect of the Early Jurassic Toarcian oceanic anoxic event on lake sediments in the Sichaun Basin.

ITRC researcher wins Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize 2016

Environmental Change Institute researcher, Dr Raghav Pant, receives prestigious insurance industry award for work developing analytical tools to support better infrastructure risk management.

Modelling toxic chemicals in Dhaka’s Turag-Balu River

Professor Paul Whitehead provides an overview of a new collaboration with BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) to model the water quality of a heavily-polluted Bangladeshi river system, as part of the Oxford-led REACH programme.