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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Climate change could double greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater ecosystems

18 November 2019

Every drop of fresh water contains thousands of different organic molecules that have previously gone unnoticed. By measuring the diversity of...

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Saving ‘Half-Earth’ for nature would affect over a billion people

18 November 2019

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say University of Cambridge...

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'Upcycling' crowned Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year 2019

05 November 2019

Cambridge Dictionary has named 'upcycling', the activity of making new items out of old or used things, as its Word of the Year 2019. 

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Opinion: Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss – no country is sufficiently prepared

01 November 2019

Two Cambridge risk researchers discuss how national governments are still stuck on "old problems", and run through the things that should be...

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Switching to ‘green’ inhalers could reduce carbon emissions and cut costs, study suggests

30 October 2019

Many current inhalers for conditions such as asthma contain propellants that are potent greenhouse gases. A study from researchers at the...

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Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

28 October 2019

Largest study yet to compare protected with “matched” unprotected land finds “significantly higher” increases in human pressure – primarily...

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Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers

23 October 2019

Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of living wood for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning...

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Virtual investment experiment indicates informed consumers choose sustainable funds even with reduced returns

22 October 2019

A new study has shown that when given clear social and environmental performance data, consumers display an appetite for sustainable investment, ...

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‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

21 October 2019

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide...

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