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 • cambridge
June 10, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • cambridge
May 21, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • cambridge
May 15, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • cambridge
April 29, 2019 ~5 min

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

Green tech startups see boost in patents and investment when partnering with government – study

Collaboration between government and startups could help meet the climate challenge while growing small businesses. Findings could inform discussions on Green New Deal or any “forward-looking policy package” say researchers.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 18, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: innovation sustainability spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment green-technology clean-technology startups

Using AI to avert ‘environmental catastrophe’

A new Centre at the University of Cambridge will develop AI techniques to help address some of the biggest threats facing the planet. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence-ai spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence machine-learning environment spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment

Restoring Europe’s endangered landscapes for life

Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) last week unveiled a programme to restore priority landscapes across Europe. The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) will provide a demonstration of nature’s powers of recovery, and the benefits to habitats, species and people of restoring biodiversity and ecosystem processes to degraded land and seas. 

Sam Chamberlain • cambridge
Oct. 9, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment spotlight-on-biodiversity-conservation philanthropy

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