Science



Scotland’s nature is burning, and there’s nothing we can do about it

21st April 2022

Tristan Rees describes how the increase in wildfires across Scotland is indicative of how we are ignoring the devastating effects of the climate crisis. In March, Gruinard Island in Wester Ross was enveloped by flames. Once used for anthrax testing by the military in the 1940s, the island was declared anthrax free in 1987. There ...


To STEM, or not to STEM?

18th March 2022

Two students go head-to-head in why they made their subject choices, and the pros and cons of choosing either humanities or sciences. Dante Phillips: Well, I chose not to STEM. For those who are unaware, the acronym stands for “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” – the subjects of apparent growing import in the 21st century. ...


Hunterian extinction: the fall of the animal kingdom

16th February 2022

Patrick Gaffey outlines the real danger posed by climate change to so many species following a trip to the Hunterian Museum. It’s no secret that the climate emergency places the natural world in a dire situation. A recent study found that it has put one third of all plant and animal life at risk of ...


How to save the world, one step at a time

12th December 2021

Four simple ways that everyone can and should live in order to stop the destruction of the planet. As thousands of politicians and climate activists gather in Glasgow this month to debate the future of our planet, UofG students may feel a hopeless sense of climate despair. To lift our spirits, The Glasgow Guardian has ...


Are targets being achieved?

12th November 2021

The COP26 draft deal has been revised since its first publication on Wednesday. What is the newest announcement, and what are we still needing from the final announcement? The mainstay topics of the climate conference have included “adaptation, negotiation, and finance”, as reinforced by Boris Johnson in his recent press conference at COP26. In this ...


Finance ministers mobilise funding for large-scale climate action

8th November 2021

Monetary pledges have been made at COP26 to help limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In their day of meetings at COP26 finance ministers and international finance institutions across the globe have made an agreement to make funds available for large-scale climate action in recognition that monetary pledges are critical in order to ...


World leaders make commitment to end deforestation by 2030

4th November 2021

The first major deal was struck at the COP26 climate summit on Tuesday morning as more than 100 world leaders have made a promise to end and reverse the effects of deforestation by 2030. The deforestation commitment includes almost £14bn of private and public funds to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Almost a quarter of greenhouse ...


What does the pledge about methane mean?

4th November 2021

Writer Kaitlyn Whitsitt discusses the methane pledge at COP26, its problems, and the importance of reducing global emissions of this less-talked-about greenhouse gas. On 18 September, the European Commission published a press release announcing the Global Methane Pledge, which was presented at the Major Economies Forum the day before. At that date, the plan surrounding ...


Manifesto Analysis: SRC Postgraduate Convenor for Science and Engineering

13th October 2021

Three students are running for the role of Postgraduate Convenor for the College of Science and Engineering in the SRC autumn elections for which voting commences on 14 October. Deputy News Editor Ollie Rudden reports. Arundhathi Pushpagaran Arundhathi describes herself as a “friendly and easy-going” person who enjoys meeting new people and one who will ...


College of Social Science students want online exams and in-person seminars survey finds

11th October 2021

The survey results for a study looking at students’ responses to online learning during the 2020/21 academic session have been published this month, showing a consensus within the student body what changes should stay. The College of Social Science (CoSS) conducted a survey of 2700 respondents focusing on student experience during the last academic year, ...