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# A Critical Assessment of the IPCC

Published today, and edited by Kari de Pryck and Mike Hulme, from Cambridge University Press is 'A Critical Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'. This is first ever book-length analysis of a knowledge institution that sits close to the heart of climate change science, policy and politics. It brings together 30 social scientists from around the world whose contributions examine the governance, practices, products, participants, and influence of the institution, drawing particularly upon the insights of science and technology studies (STS) and political science. It is available fully open-access from CUP.

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# Birds and biodiversity in Chennai

Matthew Gandy

Matthew Gandy has published an article in Environment and Planning E on disappearing wetlands and the threat to migratory birds in Chennai entitled "Chennai flyways: birds, biodiversity, and ecological decay". The article introduces the concept of ecological decay to explore multiple processes of habitat destruction that unsettle existing conceptions of urban nature.

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# Matthew Gandy on the BBC World Service speaking on moths and biodiversity

Professor Matthew Gandy is talking about moths and biodiversity on the BBC World Service on Thursday 10th November at 10.00 (the programme is repeated at the weekend and also available as a podcast).

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# Companies' 'deforestation-free' supply chain pledges have barely impacted forest clearance in the Amazon

Greenpeace / Alberto Cesar Araújo

More companies must make and implement zero-deforestation supply chain commitments in order to significantly reduce deforestation and protect diverse ecosystems, say researchers. Corporate pledges not to buy soybeans produced on land deforested after 2006 have reduced tree clearance in the Brazilian Amazon by just 1.6%, a protected area barely the size of Oxfordshire.

The findings, made by tracing traders' soy supplies back to their source, are published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The work involved a team including Professor Rachael Garrett and Florian Gollnow from the Department.

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# Professor Julian Dowdeswell reappointed as a Royal Museums Greenwich Trustee

Professor Julian Dowdeswell has been reappointed as a Royal Museums Greenwich Trustee Trustee, for a four-year term commencing 3 September 2022 until 2 September 2026.

Julian has been Professor of Physical Geography in Cambridge University since 2002. He has just retired from almost 20 years as Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. He is a glaciologist, studying the form and flow of glaciers and ice caps and their response to climate change, and the links between former ice sheets and the marine geological record. Julian has worked, on the ice and from aircraft, in Antarctica and many parts of the Arctic. He has also undertaken many periods of work on icebreaking research vessels in the Southern Ocean and the Arctic.

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# Dr Maan Barua wins a 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prize

Congratulations to Dr Maan Barua who is one of five geography recipients in the UK of a 2022 Philip Leverhulme Prize. These Prizes offer the winners £100,000 of research funds over a 3-year period and Maan's research will further his exploration of the relationships between critical political economy and posthumanism, working on the afterlives of mines and metabolic economies more broadly. Maan says ... "I am truly delighted to hear this news. The Leverhulme Prize will allow me to explore new directions in geography and the wider social sciences. I am keen to develop a geography that is inventive. I would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust for this generous gesture, and the University of Cambridge, the Department of Geography and my colleagues for their support".

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# Retirement of Professor Ash Amin

Philip Howell

To mark Professor Ash Amin's retirement* (*an event which was quickly renamed a 'renaissance' given his ongoing commitments and engagements), the Department of Geography recently hosted a discussion on space, place, and biopolitics.

We celebrated Professor Amin's great contribution to economic and urban geography, to critical theory, and to a politics of hope and justice. We were very fortunate to hear four thoughtful and moving contributions from scholars supervised and influenced by Professor Amin: Maria Hagan, Michele Lancione, Lisa Richaud, and Tatiana Thieme (pictured above with Professor Amin). Professor Amin also went on to discuss his career and interests in a wide-ranging conversation with Maan Barua and Philip Howell.

The Department wishes Ash and Lynne all the best for the future.

# Seasonal change in Antarctic Ice Sheet movement observed for first time

Conchie, Hubert, Saturn, Venus and Uranus glaciers draining into George VI Ice Shelf. Credit: Copernicus/European Space Agency. Sentinel-2 image processed by Karla Boxall.

SPRI researchers, led by Karla Boxall, have identified distinct, seasonal movements in the flow of land ice draining into George VI Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the first time that such seasonal cycles have been detected on land ice flowing into ice shelves in Antarctica.

Using imagery from the Copernicus/European Space Agency Sentinel-1 satellites, the researchers found that the glaciers feeding the ice shelf speed up by approximately 15% during the Antarctic summer. The results are reported in the journal The Cryosphere.

The research has been published as an article in the journal The Cryosphere and was supported in part by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the European Space Agency through the Antarctic Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative Programme.

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# Ice age valleys give clues to future ice sheet change

James Kirkham

Deep valleys buried under the seafloor of the North Sea record how the ancient ice sheets that used to cover the UK and Europe expelled water to stop themselves from collapsing.

A new study by James Kirkham (Lead Author) and others published this week discovered that the valleys took just hundreds of years to form as they transported vast amounts of meltwater away from under the ice and out into the sea.

This new understanding of when the vast ice sheets melted 20,000 years ago has implications for how glaciers may respond to climate warming today.

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# Posse Scholars at the Department of Geography

Earlier in the year, the University was pleased to announce a new partnership between the School of Physical Sciences and The Posse Foundation, the Foundation's first UK based collaboration. The partnership was established to offer young people from the USA from under-represented backgrounds the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at Cambridge. The Department of Geography was chosen to host the first Posse Scholar, who would receive a fully-funded studentship to join one of the Department's one year MPhil programmes.

The Posse Foundation currently partners with 64 US colleges and universities each year, which together have awarded £1.3 billion in scholarships to more than 10,000 students since 1989. Posse Scholars are selected for their academic promise and outstanding leadership potential, and the Department of Geography welcomed the opportunity to admit talented students who will contribute to the vibrant life of the Department.

The first Posse Scholar will join the Department in October 2022 as part of the new cohort for the MPhil in Anthropocene Studies. She will be a member of St Edmund's College and joins fourteen other students from six countries who will focus their studies around the provocative and contested idea of 'the Anthropocene'.

"I joined the Posse community back in 2018 when I became part of the Los Angeles Posse cohort at Dickinson College, and it is such an honor to now come to Cambridge as a Posse student. I am so grateful for the friends and mentors who helped make this experience possible and continue to support and uplift me." - Cecilia Ribordy, Posse Scholar 2022-23.

For those interested in studying at Cambridge in future, the partnership will offer a further Posse Studentship for 2023 entry. To be considered for the studentship, applicants will need to apply by the deadline of the 1st December. There are many other opportunities for support available to promising applicants; the Gates US funding competition offers scholarships to candidates who demonstrate a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others - the deadline to be considered for these scholarships is the 12th October. The Cambridge Trust works with partners worldwide and currently offers around 500 scholarships a year to the most outstanding students. Applicants will need to apply by the deadline of the 1st December in order to be considered by the Cambridge Trust.


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