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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Butterflies could lose spots as climate warms

18th Jan 2024

Female Meadow Brown butterflies have fewer spots if they develop in warmer weather – so climate change could make them less spotty, new research shows.

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Exeter research in Carbon Brief’s top media papers of 2023

10th Jan 2024

Research from the University of Exeter features in Carbon Brief’s list of climate papers “most featured in the media” in 2023.

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Migrants can be ‘transformative force’ for sustainable development

8th Jan 2024

Well-managed migration can enable migrants to boost sustainable development, research shows.

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MBE for Exeter climate scientist

30th Dec 2023

An Exeter researcher has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours List.

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

Positive tipping points must be triggered to solve climate crisis

15th Dec 2023

Positive tipping points must be triggered if we are to avoid the severe consequences of damaging Earth system tipping points, researchers say.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Bats declined as Britain felled trees for colonial shipbuilding

14th Dec 2023

Bat numbers declined as Britain’s trees were felled for shipbuilding in the early colonial period, new research shows.

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

Exeter experts give verdict on COP28 deal

13th Dec 2023

University of Exeter researchers have responded to the deal agreed today at the COP28 climate change conference.

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Support Green Futures, University News

Schoolchildren in the UK and United Arab Emirates issue poetic rallying cry for the world’s ocean at COP28 

7th Dec 2023

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Focus on people to boost Africa’s climate resilience

7th Dec 2023

Investments in Africa’s infrastructure can make people and communities far more resilient to the threats posed by climate change, a new report says.

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

Pivotal moment for humanity as tipping point threats and opportunities accelerate

6th Dec 2023

The world has reached a pivotal moment as threats from Earth system tipping points – and progress towards positive tipping points – accelerate, a new...

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Support Green Futures, University News

We Are The Possible – COP28 to be showcased at special Dubai event

5th Dec 2023

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

Fossil CO2 emissions at record high in 2023

5th Dec 2023

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have risen again in 2023 – reaching record levels, according to new research from the Global Carbon Project science...

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

Consensus needed on when global warming reaches 1.5°C

1st Dec 2023

Writing in the journal Nature ahead of COP28, a team of Met Office scientists has emphasised that – surprisingly – there is currently no formally...

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University News

Ageing societies become vulnerable

20th Nov 2023

Societies become increasingly fragile over their lifetime, according to research by scientists from Europe, China, and the USA published in the journal Proceedings of the...

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University News

Roaming seabirds need ocean-wide protection

15th Nov 2023

Seabirds roam far and wide in the Indian Ocean – so they need ocean-wide protection, new research shows.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive, Marine - Protecting our Environments

Clearing mangroves makes ‘muddification’ worse

15th Nov 2023

Clearing mangroves to stop estuaries getting clogged with mud actually makes the problem worse, new research shows.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Non-native species likely to continue spreading in North America, Australia and Europe

14th Nov 2023

Naturalised species, which are not native but have established themselves in new locations, could spread even further in many parts of the world, new research...

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Geese ‘keep calm and carry on’ after deaths in the flock

14th Nov 2023

Canada geese strengthen existing friendships and forge a few new connections after losing close associates from their flock, new research shows.

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Circular Economy, Marine - Protecting our Environments

Plastics treaty must tackle problem at source

9th Nov 2023

The new Global Plastics Treaty must tackle the problem at source, researchers say.

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