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22/03/23 22 March 2023 -
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How to talk to your family and friends about the new IPCC report - five tips from climate change communication researchThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report is a sobering read, which some describe as a "final warning" from scientists. It's important that people who already know about climate change and treat it seriously take proactive steps to speak with others about IPCC reports and climate change more generally. In an article for The Conversation, Josh Ettinger, doctoral candidate at SoGE, examines how to promote successful climate discussions among diverse groups of people.
09/03/23 9 March 2023 -
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University of Oxford makes joint appointment of Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering and ZERO Institute DirectorProfessor Paul Shearing will lead the new Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute and bring extensive experience in electrochemical engineering to the University's response to the urgent need for system level change in the energy sector. The ZERO Institute was launched by the Departments of Engineering Science, Materials, and Geography and the Environment in 2022.
03/03/23 3 March 2023 -
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Innovative 'Heat Pump Ready' Neighbourhood Roll Out In OxfordThe innovative Clean Heat Streets project to install up to 150 heat pumps in Rose Hill, Oxford, ultimately aims to save time, money, and resources to encourage more people to adopt heat pump technology.
23/02/23 23 February 2023 -
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Small temperature rise can cause large scale forced migration - studyA 1°C temperature increase can cause a tenfold increase in displaced people, according to new research led by the University of Oxford, which studied the effects of conflict, weather, and drought, on forced displacement in Somalia.
17/02/23 17 February 2023 -
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Bookings now open for sustainability leadership courseEnvironmental sustainability and the climate crisis will affect all of us - no matter what we study or what field we decide to work in. To truly work towards a just and sustainable future, we all have a part to play, and we need people who are willing to lead on sustainability in every possible sector. Which is why the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) is once again offering students the chance to participate in the Oxford Programme in Sustainability Leadership.
10/02/23 10 February 2023 -
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Schoolchildren have their finger on the pulse as they help create a new gameBeanz meanz gamez for children taking part in a healthy eating project with the University of Oxford which coincides with World Pulses Day (10 February). The BeanMeals project, led by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), is a collaborative research project involving stakeholders across the food system, including Food for Life. As part of the research to promote diets that are good for people and planet, the project is working with children at schools across Leicestershire to encourage them to eat school meals made with dried beans.
27/01/23 27 January 2023 -
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Demand outstrips supply for a hugely popular economics lecture seriesOriginally booked to take place in the back room of a pub, and now being staged in the largest Oxford University venue, overwhelming demand for a lecture series has left many on a waiting list. The highly sought-after course is Doughnut Economics Live, an eight-week lecture series delivered by ecological economist Kate Raworth, Senior Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management.
12/01/23 12 January 2023 -
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International trade and world economies exposed to multi-billion-dollar climate risk to ports - Oxford studyNearly nine in ten major ports globally are exposed to damaging climate hazards, resulting in escalating economic impacts on global trade, according to new research from the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute (ECI).
12/01/23 12 January 2023 -
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Climate goals can be achieved at affordable cost, if fossil fuel producers pay for carbon clear up - Oxford-led studyClimate change could be constrained by implementation of policies to ensure fossil fuel producers pay for carbon clear-up, or capture, according to new Oxford-led research, published today in Environmental Research Letters.
12/01/23 12 January 2023 -
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Oxford University to co-lead £8m Energy Demand Observatory and Laboratory to help UK reach net-zeroThe University of Oxford, alongside University College London (UCL), is to lead on an £8.7m research project to establish an Energy Demand Observatory and Laboratory (EDOL) in the UK. The five-year programme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation) and working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will establish a national energy data platform to help facilitate the transition to net-zero carbon emissions.
10/01/23 10 January 2023 -
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Forests recovering from logging still act as a source of carbonTropical forests recovering from logging are sources of carbon for decades afterwards, contrary to previous assumptions, finds a new study.
03/01/23 3 January 2023 -
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Artificial Intelligence Can Help Address Biodiversity Challenges Artificial intelligence (AI) can play a crucial role in addressing biodiversity challenges according to a new report co-authored by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the University of Oxford.
15/12/22 15 December 2022 -
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Oxford climate research excellence recognised by renewed Met Office partnership The University of Oxford has been selected to help deliver the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) for a further three years, as part of a multi-institutional agreement supporting cutting-edge research in the science of weather and climate prediction.
14/12/22 14 December 2022 -
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New study finds logged tropical forests are surprisingly vibrant and need protection Logging affects many of the world's tropical forests, and such forests are often considered degraded because they have lost vegetation structure, biomass and carbon stocks. But there has rarely been analysis of whether the ecological health and functionality of these ecosystems are similarly degraded. A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford, finds that logged rainforests are treasure-troves of healthy ecological function and should not be written off for oil palm plantations.
22/11/22 22 November 2022 -
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A new World Emissions Clock aims to increase climate action with improved projections Land use emissions estimation data from the Environmental Change Institute is being used to assist in providing projections for a new World Emissions Clock. It's hoped these calculations will inform investment decisions and speed up efforts for global climate security.
17/11/22 17 November 2022 -
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Can the world feed 8bn people sustainably? Dr Tara Garnett, of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, explores the dietary changes needed to feed 8 billion people sustainably. She argues that widespread dietary change cannot be achieved by focusing on individuals. 'Stop blaming the individual is one point I would make. There is a much greater role for government leadership and the food industry to play.'
11/11/22 11 November 2022 -
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COP27: Net Zero guidelines aim to drive higher standards and counter 'greenwashing' accusations To counter accusations of greenwashing and vague sustainability targets, a clear set of guidelines, has today been published at COP27, establishing standards for the pathway to net zero, by the International Standards Organisation. Coming in response to the United Nations' call for comprehensive standards for policymakers, business and individuals, the new guidelines were drafted by an international team including Oxford's Kaya Axelsson, a researcher from Oxford Net Zero and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

October 2016 | Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment

A public lecture series to launch our MSc in Environmental Change and Management. Five keynote lectures introducing differing aspects of the Anthropocene.

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Megafauna and Ecosystem Function: from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene

International Conference, March 2014

Exploring the role that large animals play (or have played) in the structure and function of ecosystems from the high Arctic to the tropics.

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Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminars

Ongoing weekly lectures

An ongoing series of lectures organised by our Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, which facilitates collaborative research and communication among its members on issues related to forest governance, management and conservation

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