Virtual investment experiment indicates informed consumers choose sustainable funds even with reduced returns

A new study has shown that when given clear social and environmental performance data, consumers display an appetite for sustainable investment, even with lower returns.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 22, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: finance sustainability sustainable-earth investing

‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: sustainability energy climate-change sustainable-earth fuel

Climate change to shrink economies of rich, poor, hot and cold countries alike unless Paris Agreement holds

Study suggests that 7% of global GDP will disappear by 2100 as a result of business-as-usual carbon emissions – including over 10% of incomes in both Canada and the United States.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 19, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: climate-change economics sustainability macroeconomic sustainable-earth

Opinion: Betting on speculative geoengineering may risk an escalating ‘climate debt crisis’

Professor Mike Hulme and Dr Shinichiro Asayama from Cambridge's Department of Geography discuss the climate 'debt crisis' and why geoengineering may make it worse, in this article originally published on The Conversation.

Cambridge University News | July 18, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: sustainability climate-change spotlight-on-sustainable-earth sustainable-earth energy

Sowing seeds for timber skyscrapers can rewind the carbon footprint of the concrete industry

The Centre for Natural Material Innovation exhibit their proposals for timber skyscrapers at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition.

Cambridge University News | June 28, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: skyscrapers architecture sustainability

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

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

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 | March 18, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

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

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