31 January 2024
A new Parliamentary report spearheaded by Oxford University researchers has urged the UK Government to introduce a national heat resilience strategy to prepare the UK for the widespread impacts of a warming world.
14 December 2023
There has been considerable debate and discussion over the best path forward, but there was general agreement among Oxford researchers about the devastating impact of fossil fuels and the need to phase out their use, while supporting nature-based solutions, developing renewables and switching to clean energy.
Oxford scientist to lead international transdisciplinary consortium towards delivering NetZero Healthcare
12 December 2023
The European Union Horizon Europe (with joint funding from UK Research Innovation) has awarded the NetZeroAICT Consortium major funding to develop a novel technology with great potentials to promote climate neutral and sustainable health care.
12 December 2023
'Prototypes for Humanity' recognises innovators in science and engineering, working on solutions for social and environmental issues.
End-of-the-world scare stories have the opposite effect: celebrated conservationist EJ Milner-Gulland accentuates the positive
22 November 2023
Professor Milner-Gulland, who leads three programmes at the Oxford Martin School, has been a conservationist for more than 30 years. But, she maintains, end-of-the-world scare stories will make people fear it is too late, there is nothing they can do, and they will bury their heads in the sand.
1 November 2023
The study by researchers in the Department of Biology also concluded that halting deforestation is the single most important mitigation measure Brazil can take towards net zero emissions by 2050 while preventing biodiversity loss.
New training centre will bridge the gap between environmental science and AI to address global environmental challenges
31 October 2023
Backed by over £15 million funding, the new UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI for the Environment (The Intelligent Earth Centre) will combine the University’s strengths in artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data, and environmental sciences.
12 October 2023
Wine quality is notorious for varying from year to year, but what makes for a “good year”? A new study has found that weather plays a critically important role in determining wine quality. By analysing 70 years’ worth of wine critic scores from the Bordeaux wine region in relation to that year’s weather, the researchers showed that higher quality wine is made in years with warmer temperatures, higher winter rainfall, and earlier, shorter growing seasons—conditions that climate change is predicted to make more frequent.
5 October 2023
A new study led by the Department of Earth Sciences has overturned the view that natural rock weathering acts as a CO2 sink, indicating instead that this can act as a large CO2 source, rivalling that of volcanoes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have important implications for modelling climate change scenarios.
From The Conversation: How weather ‘blocks’ have triggered more extreme heatwaves and floods across Europe
15 September 2023
Professor Tim Woollings from the Department of Physics discusses the 'blocking events' that have resulted in Europe’s weather getting stuck in long periods of hot, wet or cool weather this summer.
8 August 2023
Matthew Patterson, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in in Atmospheric Physics, discusses the recent extreme heatwave in the Chilean Andes.
20 July 2023
Maitha Al Shimmari, a research student in Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, joins the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center's fifth cohort of leading women under the age of 35 in the fields of energy and climate research.
14 July 2023
The UK, Switzerland and Norway top the list of countries heading for dramatic increases in uncomfortably hot days - if temperatures break the international 1.5ºC target, according to new research from Oxford. But, the researchers maintain, such countries are ‘dangerously unprepared’.
10 May 2023
A new state-of-the-art facility, the Centre for Energy Materials Research (CEMR), was officially launched yesterday by the University of Oxford’s Department of Materials. This will provide world-class capabilities to support the development of the next-generation materials urgently required to address the climate crisis.
From The Conversation: ‘Statistically impossible’ heat extremes are here – we identified the regions most at risk
26 April 2023
Nicholas Leach, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Predictability of Weather and Climate group, Department of Physics, writes about the Pacific Northwest heatwave of 2021 and what it says about the probability of extreme heatwave events.
From The Conversation: How extreme weather threatens to bring down UK’s power lines and halt supply to homes
21 April 2023
Matthew Wright, DPhil student in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the Department of Physics, writes about the need to ensure the UK’s energy system is prepared for and resilient to future weather extremes.
9 March 2023
Paul Shearing has been appointed as Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering and will lead the new Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute.
Wellcome funding for multidisciplinary project to improve understanding about deadly disease outbreaks
3 February 2023
DART (Dengue Advanced Readiness Tools) is a new, Oxford-led project involving scientists around the world, and one of 24 Wellcome-supported projects that will use climate data to better predict and prepare for infectious diseases outbreaks.
13 January 2023
Climate change could be constrained by implementation of policies to ensure fossil fuel producers pay for carbon clear-up, or capture, according to new Oxford-led research, published in Environmental Research Letters.
15 December 2022
The University of Oxford has been selected to help deliver the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) for a further three years, as part of a multi-institutional agreement supporting cutting-edge research in the science of weather and climate prediction.