The climate crisis and biodiversity losses are affecting the planet at an alarming pace. Cambridge researchers are helping the response to these threats, building resilience, supporting the transition from fossil fuels to a zero-carbon future, and enabling us to 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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From Ambition to Action

17 Jan 2022

This report represents the huge amount of work done by our growing team across the University in 2020–21. It also reflects the strong partnerships we...

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Invasive species ‘hitchhiking’ on ships threaten Antarctica’s ecosystems

10 Jan 2022

Marine life hitching a ride on ocean-crossing ships poses a threat to Antarctica’s pristine ecosystems, with the potential for invasive species to...

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Prescribed burn of grassland

Controlled burning of natural environments could help offset our carbon emissions

23 Dec 2021

Planting trees and suppressing wildfires do not necessarily maximise the carbon storage of natural ecosystems. A new study has found that prescribed...

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New grafting technique could combat the disease threatening Cavendish bananas

22 Dec 2021

Scientists have found a novel way to combine two species of grass-like plant including banana, rice and wheat, using embryonic tissue from their...

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Sustainable, biodegradable glitter – from your fruit bowl

11 Nov 2021

Cambridge researchers have developed a sustainable, plastic-free glitter for use in the cosmetics industry – and it’s made from the cellulose found...

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Electric car

Study finds that social justice and health issues impact electric vehicle uptake

26 Oct 2021

A new study led by the University of Cambridge and based on public attitudes expressed in 36,000 Facebook posts, has found that consumer uptake of...

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American signal crayfish

Crayfish and carp among invasive species pushing lakes towards ecosystem collapse

07 Oct 2021

Certain invasive, non-native species can disrupt lakes to the point of rapid ecosystem collapse, contaminating water for drinking, aquaculture and...

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Man in suit on mobile phone

Encourage wealthy and well-connected to use their influence to tackle climate change

30 Sep 2021

A paper published today in the journal Nature Energy identifies five ways that people of high socioeconomic status have a disproportionate impact on...

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European lakes potential hotspots of microplastic pollution

14 Sep 2021

A study published today in the journal PLOS Biology suggests that human activity and land use in areas surrounding lakes drive significant...

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Wind turbine manufacturing facility in Arkansas, USA

Scientists set out immediate actions and future research priorities to help UK to reach net zero target

25 Aug 2021

A new paper by leading UK scientists sets out key solutions and policy actions that should be implemented now, as well as priority research areas for...

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Airplane landing

Cambridge-led team developing a simulator to help reach net zero flight

25 Aug 2021

University announces launch of Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA) – a team of experts in aerospace, economics, policy, and climate science, who are...

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Map showing global areas of importance for terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water

Integrated conservation strategies could simultaneously meet biodiversity, climate and water objectives

23 Aug 2021

Managing a strategically chosen 30% of land for conservation could safeguard 70% of all terrestrial plant and vertebrate animal species, while...

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