Climate change is affecting the planet at an alarming pace. To respond to this threat, we need to build resilience, make the transition from fossil fuels to a zero-carbon future, act sustainably to protect the planet's precious resources and reduce waste.

The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

26 February 2020

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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Cells of roots colonised by fungi turn red

Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

23 Jul 2021

Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues ‘blush’ with beetroot pigments when they are colonised by fungi that help them take up...

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Packaging incorporating Xampla's plant-based plastic

‘Vegan spider silk’ provides sustainable alternative to single-use plastics

10 Jun 2021

Researchers have created a plant-based, sustainable, scalable material that could replace single-use plastics in many consumer products.

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These birds will soon go extinct. But their disappearance need not be in vain.

19 May 2021

The White-tailed Swallow and Ethiopian Bush-crow are living in ‘climatic lifeboats’ with their tiny ranges restricted on all sides by temperature and...

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Trees against blue sky

Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK - report

12 May 2021

A report launched today by the British Ecological Society, with contributions from the University of Cambridge, offers the first complete assessment...

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River mussel

Conservationists may be unintentionally spreading pathogens between threatened animal populations

12 Apr 2021

Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But...

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Lake on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Lakes on Greenland Ice Sheet can drain huge amounts of water, even in winter

01 Apr 2021

Using satellite data to ‘see in the dark’, researchers have shown for the first time that lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet drain during winter, a...

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Growing Underground

29 Mar 2021

In the heart of London there is a farm like no other. It's subterranean, sustainable and energy smart. It also has a digital twin looking out for its...

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The first 'climate smart' sovereign credit ratings

18 Mar 2021

Cambridge economists add climate science to Standard & Poor’s global credit formula and find that 63 nations face downgrades by 2030 unless...

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Economic benefits of protecting nature now outweigh those of exploiting it

08 Mar 2021

The largest study of its kind finds that in most cases economic value is higher when habitats are conserved or restored, rather than converted to...

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Fire at Sequoia National Park, California

Forests' long-term capacity to store carbon is dropping in regions with extreme annual fires

25 Feb 2021

Researchers have analysed decades’ worth of data on the impact of repeated fires on ecosystems across the world. Their results, published today in...

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Cambridge psychologist helps Facebook fight climate change misinformation

18 Feb 2021

Social media giant turns to behaviour and communication expert Dr Sander van der Linden to help them tackle the dangerous anti-science myths that...

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Dasgupta Review: Nature’s value must be included in economics to preserve biodiversity

02 Feb 2021

Nature is a “blind spot” in economics that can no longer be ignored by the accounting systems that dictate national finances, according to a major...

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