Thursday, April 24, 2014

The NHS climate change challenge

The Open University is a partner in a new research project to design and deliver hospital environments that respond to our changing climate. The NHS, which manages more than 14,000 sites, is facing a particular challenge. It needs to protect patients, carers and visitors from excess temperatures, but standard mechanical ventilation solutions or air conditioning [...]

How do we know climate change is real?

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Expert Comment, Opinion

Users of Platform, the OU’s community website, were asked to submit their own questions around climate change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen this month. Six questions were chosen and answers will be supplied by the OU’s academic experts. Here’s the response to the first question… How do we know [...]

Expert comment on warmest decade – recent data is not enough

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, Expert Comment, News

The first decade of this century has been by far the warmest decade on the instrumental record according to the Met Office. New figures released in Copenhagen show that, despite 1998 being the warmest individual year, the last ten years have clearly been the warmest period in the 160-year record of global surface temperature maintained jointly [...]

Expert comment on the IGBP Climate Change index

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News

The IGBP Climate-Change Index announced today is the first attempt to distill the complexity of the Earth’s climate down to one number, in the same way that the Dow Jones Index condenses volumes of data into a single figure. Commenting on the index, Bob Spicer, Professor of Earth Sciences at The Open University, said: “Measuring [...]