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Why palm trees could become common British sight - Reading in the news Thu 27 Apr

Release Date 27 April 2017

Palm trees could become a common sight in England due to climate change

Here is today's round-up of media coverage featuring the University of Reading.

Climate change and gardening: A Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) report, supported by scientists at the University of Reading (Agriculture/Meteorology), on the impacts of climate change on gardens and the wider landscape, including a potential increase in palm trees, is reported. There is specific mention of Reading’s involvement by Mail Online, the Times, and the Express. BBC Radio 2 (38 mins 10 secs) also discussed the report, and Reading’s involvement. Read our news story here.

Complete University Guide: Reading is once again ranked in the Top 30 UK universities, according to the latest national university league table published yesterday. ITV Meridian Online picks up the story. Read our news story here.

Saturated Fats: Prof Christine Williams (Food) is quoted in a story about a controversial editorial claiming that saturated fat does not increase risk of heart attacks, in The Guardian, The Daily Star, and multiple international publications.

Brexit and agriculture: The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports on its website the ‘Brexit and Beyond’ conference it held this week, where Professor Alan Swinbank (Agriculture) told attendees that a reduction of the EU’s high tariff levels was necessary to allow a free trade deal to be negotiated by the UK.

Other coverage:


  • An article by Middle East Association on work to explore ice production processes in clouds includes research by Professor Giles Harrison (Meteorology) on electrically charging clouds to induce rainfall, which was awarded funding by a United Arab Emirates programme earlier this year. Read our story on this here.
  • Climate Action Programme reports on the £8.6m funding for projects aiming to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, including the University of Reading’s research on agroforestry (Agri Environment). Read our news story.


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