Life on Earth is at risk from an unprecedented rate of environmental change that threatens the natural resources on which we depend.

Illuminating the hidden kingdom of the truffle

12 February 2018

Truffles are one of the world’s most expensive ingredients, and also one of the most mysterious. Now, with the help of a 170-year-old ‘living...

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Think of honeybees as ‘livestock’ not wildlife, argue experts

25 January 2018

Contrary to public perception, die-offs in honeybee colonies are an agricultural not a conservation issue, argue Cambridge researchers, who say...

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Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds

20 December 2017

Big data study of global biodiversity shows ineffective national governance is a better indicator of species decline than any other measure of “...

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Conservationists’ eco-footprints suggest education alone won’t change behaviour

10 October 2017

A new study shows that even those presumably best informed on the environment find it hard to consistently “walk the walk”, prompting scientists...

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World's botanic gardens contain a third of all known plant species, and help protect the most threatened

25 September 2017

The most in-depth species survey to date finds an “astonishing array” of plant diversity in the global botanic garden network, including 41% of...

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‘Keep it local’ approach to protecting the rainforest can be more effective than government schemes

12 September 2017

Conservation initiatives led by local and indigenous groups can be just as effective as schemes led by government, according to new research. In...

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Opinion: Are universities ready for a new kind of science?

06 June 2017

Is the knowledge and scholarship that universities produce relevant to the problems the world faces? In a new essay co-authored with an...

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#EarthOptimism: Recovering species must be celebrated or we risk reversing progress

20 April 2017

Cambridge conservationists will unite with colleagues across the globe on Earth Day this Saturday to lionise environmental victories and show...

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Opinion: Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment – this must change

16 March 2017

Are our measures of poverty and well-being too narrow? Judith Schleicher and Bhaskar Vira from Cambridge's Conservation Research Initiative think...

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