Author page: Helen Steiger

Playing with our Food – Agriculture, Climate Change and New Innovations

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have made a massive break-through in ensuring our crops are resistant to future climate change, isolating the drought resistance gene in barley.  What Does This Mean? Scientists have analysed over 39,000 genes within the barley over five years, and their findings show that plants with a certain gene (HvMYB1 to be precise) are more resistant to droughts…

Bees’ Needs Week – What’s all the Buzz About?

What’s Going On Here? It’s Bees’ Needs Week here in the UK (8-15th July), which will see a week of activities to raise awareness of the importance of our yellow and black friends (and fellow pollinators)! What Does This Mean? This annual event helps us understand the importance of wasps, hoverflies, other flies, butterflies, moths and beetles within our daily lives!! In celebration, Carnaby…

Europe in 2019, is getting way too hot to handle

What’s Going On Here? Record temperatures have been experienced in Europe and North Africa. On Friday, France recorded its highest temperature ever, a sweltering 45.9oC. Schools have been shut, exams suspended and roads in Germany have been closed as they are melting!! What Does This Mean? Could this be the new normal? Although scientists cannot say this is directly caused by climate change, the likelihood…

Say Hi to ‘CliFi’ – the rising popularity of a new storytelling genre

What’s Going On Here? Climate Fiction (CliFi for short) is becoming an increasing popular creative medium to help us (the public) to understand climate change, and how it could impact our lives in the future. What Does This Mean? CliFi includes books, films, art and radio programmes that explore how changes in our environment (due to climate change) could impact human society and individuals…