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Browse our latest news about how we are meeting the challenges posed by the climate and environment emergency.

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Young whale’s journey highlights threats facing ocean animals

14th May 2024

A young whale’s journey across the Mediterranean highlights the many threats facing ocean animals, researchers say.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Policymakers must recognise global economic risks posed by ecosystem ‘tipping points’

25th Apr 2024

The collapse of key ecosystems would severely harm the global economy, researchers have warned.

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

New economic thinking maps route to low-carbon future

19th Apr 2024

A switch to “dynamic” economic thinking could drive a more cost-effective transition to a low-carbon economy, and help tackle the climate emergency, according to a...

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Plastic pollution can kill variety of ocean embryos

16th Apr 2024

High levels of plastic pollution can kill the embryos of a wide range of ocean animals, new research shows.

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Cloud engineering could be more effective ‘painkiller’ for global warming than previously thought

11th Apr 2024

Cloud “engineering” could be more effective for climate cooling than previously thought – because of the increased cloud cover produced, new research shows.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive, Marine - Protecting our Environments

Deep parts of Great Barrier Reef ‘insulated’ from global warming – for now

8th Apr 2024

Some deeper areas of the Great Barrier Reef are insulated from harmful heatwaves – but that protection will be lost if global warming continues, according...

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University News

Simple equations clarify cloud climate conundrum

1st Apr 2024

New analysis based on simple equations has reduced uncertainty about how clouds will affect future climate change.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

‘Winners and losers’ as global warming forces plants uphill

25th Mar 2024

Some plant species will “win” and others will “lose” as global warming forces them to move uphill, new research shows.

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Schoolchildren presented with copies of UK-UAE illustrated poetry anthology they helped to create

20th Mar 2024

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Level of microplastic in seabed creatures depends on location and how they feed

19th Mar 2024

The “burden” of plastic within animal species recovered from the seafloor has given scientists a new insight into the environmental risk associated with plastic.

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University News

New partnerships to assess migration as effective response to climate change in South Asia

15th Mar 2024

The consequences of climate change on how and where people live is at the centre of new partnerships and research funded by £3.5 million from...

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University News

Actuaries call for policymakers to consider risk of climate ‘ruin’

14th Mar 2024

Actuaries are calling for more realistic climate risk assessments. This includes the “risk of ruin”: the point past which global society can no longer adapt...

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive

Rainforest’s next generation of trees threatened 30 years after logging

12th Mar 2024

Rainforest seedlings are more likely to survive in natural forests than in places where logging has happened – even if tree restoration projects have taken...

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Halloween toy among plastics swallowed by sea turtles

11th Mar 2024

A Halloween toy was among hundreds of plastic items found in the guts of dead sea turtles in the Mediterranean, a new study reveals.

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Biodiversity - Becoming Nature Positive, Marine - Protecting our Environments

Restored coral reefs can grow as fast as healthy reefs

8th Mar 2024

Planting new coral in degraded reefs can lead to rapid recovery – with restored reefs growing as fast as healthy reefs after just four years,...

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Energy - Achieving NetZero

A better handle on the emissions budget for the Paris climate targets

8th Mar 2024

A team of scientists from the University of Exeter, Met Office and Imperial College have found a new way to calculate the total carbon emissions...

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Marine - Protecting our Environments

Lights on fishing nets can protect sea turtles

4th Mar 2024

Lights on fishing nets could help save the Mediterranean’s threatened sea turtles, new research shows.

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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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University News

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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University News

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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