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

Researchers assess woodland condition at Alice Holt Forest

No evidence that England’s new ‘biodiversity boost’ planning policy will help birds or butterflies

28 Jun 2024

A new legal requirement for developers to demonstrate a biodiversity boost in planning applications could make a more meaningful impact on nature...

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Heath goanna in Australia

Australia’s giant lizards help save sheep from being eaten alive

25 Jun 2024

Heath goannas - a species of giant, scavenging lizard - act as natural clean-up crews by clearing maggot-ridden animal carcasses from the landscape.

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Forest canopy

Cambridge on World Environment Day 2024

05 Jun 2024

This year's World Environment Day focus is on land restoration. So we spoke with three Cambridge researchers working on reviving landscapes, boosting...

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Rainforest on the south-eastern edge of Amazonia, Brazil.

Rainforest wildlife under threat as below-canopy temperatures rise

03 Jun 2024

Assumptions that tropical forest canopies protect from the effects of climate change are unfounded, say researchers.

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Partha Dasgupta wins BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Economics

04 Apr 2024

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta (Economics, St. John's) wins the BBVA award for Economics, Finance and Management for his groundbreaking work in...

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The Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2023 for Research Impact and Engagement

13 Dec 2023

Meet the winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2023 for Research Impact and Engagement and learn more about their projects.

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Established Academic 2023

13 Dec 2023

The Established Academic for 2023 is Professor William Sutherland and his research team at Conservation Evidence.

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Experts predict ‘catastrophic ecosystem collapse’ of UK forests within the next 50 years if action not taken

08 Nov 2023

Other threats to UK forests include competition with society for water, viral diseases, and extreme weather affecting forest management.

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Degraded coral reef 'rubblefield' in Indonesia.

Lack of evidence hampers progress on corporate-led ecosystem restoration

08 Sep 2023

A near total lack of transparency is making it impossible to assess the quality of corporate-led ecosystem restoration projects, a new study finds...

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Cost to protect globally important forests falls disproportionately on those living closest

17 Aug 2023

Local communities are not incentivised to protect tropical forests that are hugely valuable for global climate regulation, a new study has found...

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Current conservation policies risk damaging global biodiversity, warn researchers

21 Jun 2023

Rewilding, organic farming and the so-called ‘nature friendly farming’ measures included in some government conservation policies may accelerate...

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Digger making tracks in forest

At least 80% of the world’s most important sites for biodiversity on land currently contain human developments

23 Mar 2023

At least 80% of sites identified as being internationally important for biodiversity on land currently contain infrastructure − of which more than 75...

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