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 carbon zero future, act sustainably to protect the planet's precious resources and reduce waste.

Sir David Attenborough: "Our planet hangs in the balance"

18 November 2019

Forests burn, glaciers melt and one million species face extinction. Can we humans save the planet from ourselves? Here, Sir David Attenborough speaks to us about the climate crisis and his hopes for the future. His words begin our new focus on Sustainable Earth, looking at how we transition to a carbon zero future, protect the planet's resources, reduce waste and build resilience.

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Cellulose in the plant cell wall

Using plants to harvest the Sun’s energy

01 September 2007

How can we efficiently unlock the bioenergy stored within plants? Research carried out in the Department of Biochemistry is breaking down the...

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Bamboo

Wind turbines turn to bamboo

01 September 2007

Bamboo – one of China’s most precious commodities – is showing great promise as the material of choice for building wind turbines.

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Dr Carenza Lewis

Dr Carenza Lewis

01 September 2007

A passion for communicating the thrill of the dig and for uncovering evidence of lives long gone is what inspires archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis....

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Peak District

Going feral

01 September 2007

Are there any wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Robert Macfarlane has travelled in search of them, reflecting on the meaning of &...

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Hormone regulates fondness for food

10 August 2007 Scientists have discovered that leptin, one of the key hormones responsible for reducing hunger and increasing the feeling of fullness, also controls... Read more

Latest innovations by tech students on show

08 June 2007 A pocket Braille reading tool and a system that holds up speeding motorists are among the latest designs being unveiled by Cambridge University... Read more

Stacks of Clothes

Well dressed?

01 April 2007

As clothes become cheaper and fashion becomes 'faster', how are we to balance our consumption with environmental, economic and social...

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Dr Chris Smith

Dr Chris Smith

01 April 2007

Public engagement with science is top of Dr Chris Smith's agenda. His trailblazing approach to making scientific issues interesting, interactive...

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UK falling short in cutting carbon emissions

16 February 2007 Britain will fail to meet even the minimum target for reduced carbon emissions by 2020 if it does not introduce tougher green policies, a conference... Read more

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