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Assessing the state of Antarctica

Assessing the state of Antarctica

Since 2002, Antarctica as a whole has been losing 24 cubic miles of ice each year, with ice loss tripling after 2012 (NASA, 2018). When the Larsen C ice shelf fractured and sent a chunk of ice twice the size of Luxembourg off into the Weddell […]

Why Antarctica?

Why Antarctica?

Or, ‘what makes Antarctica so special?’  The answers to this question provide my reasons for choosing to study this other-worldly continent. Antarctica is a place of enormous proportions (bigger than the entirety of the US and Mexico combined), unimaginable weather conditions and properties (it’s the highest, driest, […]

something new…

something new…

Things are changing! For the next 14 or so weeks this blog is going to become part of an assessment for one of my MSc modules. The idea is that we choose a topic of interest, interweaving it with concepts of global environmental change from our […]

Back to school basics

Back to school basics

Back to school season is here.  And that means new stationery! (Don’t judge me, I know you love new pens too.) This time of year for a lot of us is all about new beginnings. New courses, new classes, new friends, new struggles and new successes. […]

climate action; it requires our attention now more than ever

climate action; it requires our attention now more than ever

September 14th, 2018 was the final day of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where leaders and citizens alike came together to discuss the success of the climate movement so far, as well as looking to the future at what else must be […]

22 things I’ve learnt by 22

22 things I’ve learnt by 22

This post would probably make more sense if I was about to turn 23. I’m not (I have another 3 months yet), but I’m feeling wistful so bear with me… I’ve seen a few Youtube videos along this vein and I kinda love them! They […]

Let’s have a plastic free summer

Let’s have a plastic free summer

This month WWF UK launched their campaign for a Plastic-Free Summer following their new report ‘Out of the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution’. Want to get involved? All it takes is a few steps and a slight mindset shift. Views: 354

the situation in syria

the situation in syria

Briefly, what is the Syrian Civil War and refugee crisis, and who’s fighting who?   In a week’s time, the Syrian Civil War will have been raging for eight years. In that time, up to 1/2 a million Syrians have been killed amidst the fighting. […]

dissertation tips and tricks

dissertation tips and tricks

Being totally honest, just the thought of having to write a dissertation was giving me heart palpitations in first year, two years before I had to start writing! It can seem like a super daunting prospect when you’re already buried under heaps of deadlines and […]

easy steps to living a more conscious, sustainable lifestyle

easy steps to living a more conscious, sustainable lifestyle

‘Single-use plastics’ and ‘plastic pollution’ are becoming the buzzwords of today, and rightly so. The statistics are shocking. According to a staggering WEF report, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans daily; an unsurprising figure given that 70% of the plastic […]

Something has to give

Something has to give

Climate change and global warming have been a part of my generation’s vocabulary throughout our school life. The clear need for mass, wide-scale change has been an established fact for multiple decades. Yet from the state of the planet and the predictions for its future, […]

AUSTRALIA 2017

AUSTRALIA 2017

I put together this video (first time editing on iMovie and it’s filmed on my iPhone so, please, forgive the quality!) of our trip to Australia. It was intended just as a way to look back on the trip ourselves, but I thought I’d pop […]

technology meets OCD therapy

technology meets OCD therapy

For the past 7 years I’ve experienced and suffered with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on an on-and-off basis. It’s come and gone in various strengths, flaring up at times of heightened stress and anxiety (mostly during exam periods or stressful situations). I’ll link here to a previous […]

now what?

now what?

I’m officially a graduate! On July 13th, I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a First Class Honours in International Relations and History, which blows my mind when I think back to Sixth Form where I was genuinely considering turning […]

we need to talk about skinny shaming

we need to talk about skinny shaming

I’m fed up. Fed up with being called anorexic, of being told to eat more, of having my health questioned and of hearing friends’ mums and family members ask, ‘Gosh you’re thin, you are eating, aren’t you?’ In a society where we are increasingly accepting […]

four chicas in copenhagen

four chicas in copenhagen

In June of this year my friends and I took a three day trip to Copenhagen, partly to see Little Mix and The Vamps, and partly to celebrate the end of exams and having finished university for good. The people were lovely and the scenery […]

General Election ’17 – The DUP: who are they and what do they stand for?

General Election ’17 – The DUP: who are they and what do they stand for?

On Friday 9th June the British public woke to the strong possibility of a coalition government between the Conservative party and the Democratic Unionist Party, a shock result that has left the British political system floundering. Not only did the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn […]

the not-so-chic reality of the modelling industry

the not-so-chic reality of the modelling industry

     The modelling industry has never been a stranger to criticism. From the days of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, to Cindy Crawford and Christie Brinkley, scandals have been rife throughout the industry at all levels. Sadly, there seems to have been little satisfactory progress. Whilst […]

it’s that time of year…

it’s that time of year…

  New Year’s resolutions are about as controversial as Marmite. Whilst I love Marmite, overall I’m mostly pretty disdainful of the idea of New Year’s resolutions, of the whole concept of having to wait to ring in a new year to do something to better […]

how many more rapists and racists will we protect before something changes?

how many more rapists and racists will we protect before something changes?

In October 2015, in the small, predominantly white, north-western US state of Idaho, a racially motivated case of sexual assault caught national headlines. In the locker room following football training, John R.K. Howard, Tanner Ward and a third 16-year-old boy lured their mentally disabled, black teammate into […]

why (i think) more people aren’t vegetarian

why (i think) more people aren’t vegetarian

Lack of connection. A total lack of connection is the reason that more people don’t make the change to a meat and fish free diet – we, as humans, just don’t make the link between our food and what it once was. We don’t think about […]

UNIVERSITY – the how to’s, the do’s and the don’ts (Part 2)

UNIVERSITY – the how to’s, the do’s and the don’ts (Part 2)

As promised, this part 2 post is a follow on from the one I posted previously, which effectively covered the process of finding and applying to a university. Part 2 will entail as much useful information as I can scramble together regarding the process of […]

UNIVERSITY – the how to’s, the do’s and the don’ts (Part 1)

UNIVERSITY – the how to’s, the do’s and the don’ts (Part 1)

If you are in any form of compulsory education, the summer holidays are a very welcome reprieve from a hectic last term of exams and coursework hand-ins, yet at the same time, can be an incredibly daunting period. After we’re finally able to wind down […]

Social Media – it’s as real as you make it

Social Media – it’s as real as you make it

  Our generation will go down in history as the ones who launched, and first began to capitalise on, social media, and those following us will be the first to grow up from birth with social media being hugely prevalent in their lives. Sites like […]

it’s okay not to be okay

it’s okay not to be okay

  It’s incredibly difficult sometimes to ask for help, or to admit that we aren’t, actually, okay. Most of the time when it comes to our physical health, whilst we may not enjoy it, we are relatively comfortable with going to the doctors or asking a […]