The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall DBE and leading Cambridge University researchers talk about the urgency of climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.

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Feb. 26, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: cities sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change energy environment conservation biodiversity carbon policy

Dr Jane Goodall on the environment: "My greatest hope is our young people"

In a new film released as part of Cambridge University’s focus on Sustainable Earth, Dr Jane Goodall DBE talks about the environmental crisis and her reasons for hope. 

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Jan. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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

Women in STEM: Dr Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is a group leader and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, where she is re-wiring photosynthesis to generate renewable fuels. Here, she tells us about why she switched from cancer research to sustainability, how her Fellowship programme is helping her develop leadership skills, and why eggs in her childhood home would regularly go missing.

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Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  sustainability  sustainable-earth  energy  fuel  solar

Wind more effective than cold air at cooling rooms naturally

The effectiveness of non-mechanical, low-energy methods for moderating temperature and humidity has been evaluated in a series of experiments by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

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Nov. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: engineering cities sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change heating cooling

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.

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Nov. 18, 2019 ~4 min

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

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.

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Oct. 22, 2019 ~3 min

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.

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Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change energy 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.

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Aug. 19, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability sustainable-earth climate-change economics macroeconomic

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.

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July 18, 2019 ~8 min

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

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.

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June 28, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  sustainability  skyscrapers  architecture

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