'Upcycling' crowned Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year 2019

Cambridge Dictionary has named 'upcycling', the activity of making new items out of old or used things, as its Word of the Year 2019. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 5, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: dictionary climate-change recycling sustainable-earth

Opinion: Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss – no country is sufficiently prepared

Two Cambridge risk researchers discuss how national governments are still stuck on "old problems", and run through the things that should be keeping our leaders awake at night. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 1, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: risk climate-change pandemic public-policy sustainable-earth artificial-intelligence

Switching to ‘green’ inhalers could reduce carbon emissions and cut costs, study suggests

Many current inhalers for conditions such as asthma contain propellants that are potent greenhouse gases. A study from researchers at the University of Cambridge has found that switching to alternative, greener inhalers would not only result in large carbon savings, but could be achieved alongside reduced drug costs by using less expensive brands.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 30, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth inhaler asthma

Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

Largest study yet to compare protected with “matched” unprotected land finds “significantly higher” increases in human pressure – primarily through agriculture – in protected areas across the tropics.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 28, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: biodiversity-conservation cambridge-conservation-initiative sustainable-earth

Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers

Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 23, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: 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.

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

Electronic solid could reduce carbon emissions in fridges and air conditioners

A promising replacement for the toxic and flammable greenhouse gases that are used in most refrigerators and air conditioners has been identified by researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 9, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: energy climate-change advanced-materials sustainable-earth

Vintage film reveals Antarctic glacier melting

Newly available archival film has revealed the eastern ice shelf of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is melting faster than previous estimates, suggesting the shelf may collapse sooner than expected.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 3, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: polar-science antarctic-ice-sheet climate-change sustainable-earth

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

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