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#madeatreading: Reading leading the fight against environmental threats

Show Your Stripes

A celebration of world-leading research into some of the biggest environmental threats facing the world is taking place all week at the University of Reading.

The work of Reading scientists in areas like flood forecasting, pollinator protection and climate change is being highlighted in the #madeatreading campaign, backed by Universities UK, from 17-21 June.

The week will culminate with ‘Show Your Stripes Day’ on Friday 21 June, during which members of the public can help raise awareness of climate change by sharing a graphic showing how temperatures around the world have risen since 1850. People can visit to generate a climate stripes graphics tailored to where they live and share it on the day in support of climate science.

As well as environment research stories, the University will share action it has taken to reduce its own carbon footprint, and how it is working with the Thames Valley region to bring about positive changes.

Professor Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “A passion for the environment and sustainability runs right through the heart of this university. This is reflected in the world class research carried out by our talented academics and the decisions made on campus to reduce our own impact on the planet.

“We are actively exploring how we can make the University of Reading a carbon neutral institution. This will be challenging, but it is a responsible course of action that is backed by our students and staff, and will be of huge benefit to future generations.”

The focus on Monday is on climate science research and environmental threats facing humans, in which Reading is a major international player. The University’s Department of Meteorology is one of the best in the world – ranked second in the world in 2017 by the Center for World University Rankings.

Researchers are seeking to forecast how greenhouse gas emissions are affecting the world’s climate and how climate change will impact our lives. This includes:

The #madeatreading campaign week follows Reading research into protecting cocoa farming and developing a new treatment for childhood depression being profiled as part of the national Universities UK #madeatuni campaign.

Follow activities throughout the week on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join the discussion using the hashtag #madeatreading

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