Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

An international group of scientists, including from the University of Cambridge, have developed a graphene composite that can ‘eat’ common atmospheric pollutants, and could be used as a coating on pavements or buildings.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 5, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: graphene pollution advanced-materials environment engineering

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

Women in STEM: Fiona Llewellyn Beard

Fiona Llewellyn Beard is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, where she studies salt marshes and how they store huge amounts of carbon. Here, she tells us about how a childhood love of mud pies led to her current research, her love of the outdoors, and how everything in the environment is interconnected. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 28, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem environment sustainable-earth conservation

Sir David Attenborough: "Our planet hangs in the balance"

Forests burn, glaciers melt and one million species face extinction. Can we humans save the planet from ourselves? Here, Sir David Attenborough speaks to us about the climate crisis and his hopes for the future. His words begin our new focus on Sustainable Earth, looking at how we transition to a carbon zero future, protect the planet's resources, reduce waste and build resilience.

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability biodiversity conservation environment

Past climate change pushed birds from the northern hemisphere to the tropics

Researchers have shown how millions of years of climate change affected the range and habitat of modern birds, suggesting that many groups of tropical birds may be relatively recent arrivals in their equatorial homes.

Cambridge University News | June 10, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: climate-change evolution animal birds palaeoclimatology spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation

The cultural significance of carbon-storing peatlands to rural communities

A group of UK and Peruvian researchers have carried out the first detailed study of how rural communities interact with peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon, a landscape that is one of the world’s largest stores of carbon.

Cambridge University News | May 21, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: anthropology amazon south-america carbon spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment environment

Amount of carbon stored in forests reduced as climate warms

Accelerated tree growth caused by a warming climate does not necessarily translate into enhanced carbon storage, an international study suggests.

Cambridge University News | May 15, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: tree-rings spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment environment carbon climate-change

Researchers obtain first ever underwater ultrasound scans of wild reef manta rays

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust has successfully scanned a pregnant wild reef manta ray underwater to obtain clear ultrasound images of her foetus, using the world’s first contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.

Cambridge University News | April 30, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: manta-ray fertility environment biodiversity spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation

Rapid melting of the world’s largest ice shelf linked to solar heat in the ocean

An international team of scientists has found part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface.

Cambridge University News | April 29, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: polar-science antarctic climate-change environment spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment

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