Category Hazards

Maynooth Geography @ EGU 2018

In addition to the absence of folk at the American Association of Geographers this week, other Maynooth Geographers are in Vienna for the European Geosciences Union meeting. Here are the papers and posters that we are involved in. Good luck to you all Conor Murphy Session NH1.8/AS4.26 Media Extreme heat events: processes, impacts and adaptation […]

Reflections on COP23: Report 3

This is the third and final post of a series by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University Negotiations are frequently a war of attrition, and previous COPs have long over run their intended closing time on the Friday of the second week. The imperative […]

John Sweeney’s Reflections on COP23: Report 1

John Sweeney is Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University. John contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has regularly attended at the Climate talks held under the UN Framework Convention […]

Drains of Paris … and tales from underground

Paris – a city of civilisation, food and wine,  the Folies Bergère, Arc de Triomphe, Musée du Louvre and Mona Lisa, the Avenue des Champs–Élysées, not to mention the bridges of Paris down by the Seine – a wealth of cultural experiences in an urban landscape. A lot of interesting urban geography is subterranean however. […]

Rivers and towns. A guest blog on the Exploration of Water

For Geography Awareness Week, a historical geography of Irish rivers and their towns from the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Italian Earth scientists unfairly prosecuted for failure to ‘predict’ the unpredictable.

The decision by an Italian court to prosecute 6 Italian scientists for failure to ‘predict’ the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009 is a gross example of the misunderstanding of the processes governing earthquake occurrence.  Contrary to this prosecution’s apparent logic, earthquakes are fundamentally, or inherently unpredictable.   All available geological evidence indicates that their prediction in time […]