Green energy and better crops: tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Researchers have demonstrated the use of tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to generate electricity and produce nutritionally-superior crops simultaneously,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainable-earth energy solar-power

Scientists supercharge shellfish to tackle vitamin deficiency in humans

Cambridge scientists have developed a new way to fortify shellfish to tackle human nutrient deficiencies which cause severe health problems across the world.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability sustainable-earth vitamin-d nutrition

Plastic: the new fantastic?

On World Environment Day, hear how Cambridge researchers are working towards eliminating plastic waste and making best use of one of the most successful materials ever invented.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 5, 2020 ~2 min

Tags:  sustainable-earth  environment  plastic  waste  circular-economy

COVID-19 severity associated with increased levels of air pollution in England, preliminary study finds

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found an association between living in an area of England with high levels of air pollution and the severity of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: infectious-diseases sustainable-earth covid-19 coronavirus pollution

Women in STEM: Dr Maria Russo

Dr Maria Russo is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry, where she studies the physical and chemical processes at work in the atmosphere. Here, she tells us about the links between climate and air pollution, the excitement of 'blue-skies' research, and achieving work/life balance while raising a family.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 12, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  sustainable-earth  climate-change  climate  atmosphere

New tools show a way forward for large-scale storage of renewable energy

A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will assist in the development of strategies to extend battery lifetimes in support of the transition to a zero-carbon future.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change energy battery imaging

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.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 26, 2020 ~1 min

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

Cambridge researchers advise county council on net zero policy actions

A team of early-career researchers from the University of Cambridge are working with the county council to identify the best ways for Cambridgeshire to reach net zero emissions.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  engineering  sustainable-earth  climate-change  east-of-england  policy

Vomiting bumblebees show that sweeter is not necessarily better

Animal pollinators support the production of three-quarters of the world’s food crops, and many flowers produce nectar to reward the pollinators. A new study using bumblebees has found that the sweetest nectar is not necessarily the best: too much sugar slows down the bees. The results will inform breeding efforts to make crops more attractive to pollinators, boosting yields to feed our growing global population.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainable-earth

Local water availability is permanently reduced after planting forests

River flow is reduced in areas where forests have been planted and does not recover over time, a new study has shown. Rivers in some regions can completely disappear within a decade. This highlights the need to consider the impact on regional water availability, as well as the wider climate benefit, of tree-planting plans.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sustainable-earth

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