From The Conversation: Developers in England will be forced to create habitats for wildlife – here’s how it works
15 February 2024
Natalie Duffus and Sophus zu Ermgassen from the Department of Biology discuss how England’s new environmental policy, biodiversity net gain, will work in practice.
From The Conversation: Migratory animals face mass extinction – but as a conservationist I’m optimistic
15 February 2024
Dan Challender, Research Fellow in Conservation Science and Policy in the Department of Biology, writes about a landmark meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species, supporting the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species.
1 February 2024
Researchers from the Department of Chemistry/Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics have outlined ambitious targets to help deliver a sustainable and net zero plastic economy, arguing for a rethinking of the technical, economic, and policy paradigms that have entrenched the status-quo.
15 December 2023
While the lithium-ion batteries in disposable electronic cigarettes are discarded after a single use, they can continue to perform at high capacity for hundreds of cycles, according to new research from the University of Oxford and UCL, supported by The Faraday Institution.
28 November 2023
A feature article about three Oxford research groups using chemistry to help reach sustainability goals. From solving global plastic pollution to improving the performance of rechargeable batteries found in electric cars, ‘green chemistry’ is a truly promising topic.
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.
20 July 2023
An overview of options for keeping homes cool in the face of rising temperatures, without defaulting to non-stop air conditioning. By Jesus Lizana (Department of Engineering Science), Nicole Miranda (Oxford Martin School) and Radhika Khosla (Smith School of Enterprise and Environment)
22 June 2023
MPLS departments, teams and individuals have all been recognised in this year’s awards, which celebrate the exceptional contributions of staff and students in advancing environmental sustainability.
24 March 2023
Oxford biologists comment on new legislation that will unlock key technologies to improve UK food security, reduce pesticide use, and enhance climate-resilience in our crops.
10 March 2023
A new technique developed by researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford could help locate new deposits of critical metals needed to enable the green-energy transition.
17 February 2023
Ahead of World Pangolin Day tomorrow, the University of Oxford announces that it is joining a bold initiative to save this iconic animal: Operation Pangolin.
26 January 2023
Largely hidden from the masses lie great expanses of deep reefs, which collectively have a larger geographic footprint than their shallower counterparts.
19 January 2023
A new high-resolution model to quantify the sources of plastic debris accumulating on beaches across the Seychelles and other island states in the western Indian Ocean reveals that most of this waste originates from distant sources and not from the islands themselves.
13 January 2023
Raising the minimum age threshold for trophy hunted male lions, and accounting for additional deaths caused by poaching and conflict with people, could increase hunting sustainability, suggests a new study from WildCRU, based in the Department of Biology.
12 January 2023
Making catering more sustainable can make genuine positive contributions, but coming close to fully mitigating biodiversity loss within the current food system will take extremely ambitious action.
12 December 2022
Researchers and conservation experts reinforce the need for ambitious targets by 2030 to focus, motivate and finance actions to start reversing biodiversity loss.
12 December 2022
University of Oxford researchers have contributed to a study which found that very few deep reefs have any form of protection, despite facing a multitude of threats.
8 December 2022
Announced today at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), this push is part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a movement to avert climate catastrophe and mass extinction.
5 December 2022
Ahead of COP15, researchers make key recommendations for policymakers to support Asian countries to meet 2030 biodiversity targets.
28 November 2022
As nations prepare to meet in Uruguay to negotiate a new Global Plastics Treaty, a study from Oxford and Nekton scientists has revealed the discovery of synthetic plastic fibres in air, seawater, sediment and sea ice.