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Artificial Intelligence could help predict harmful algal blooms

16th Sep 2021

A new project will develop Artificial Intelligence tools to predict harmful blooms of algae in the ocean.

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Marine, University News

University of Exeter supports launch of new NHS Ocean Project

16th Sep 2021

A new project aiming to reduce healthcare’s impact on the oceans is being jointly launched by the University of Exeter and NHS Ocean.

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Biodiversity, University News

How climate change could impact algae in the global ocean

16th Sep 2021

Global warming is likely to cause abrupt changes to important algal communities because of shifting biodiversity “break point” boundaries in the ocean, according to new...

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University News

Young people to join forces with science and drama experts to produce musical about climate emergency

15th Sep 2021

Teenagers in Torbay will join forces with leading scientists and drama experts to produce a musical about the climate emergency ahead of the major COP26...

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Biodiversity, University News

Roads have far-reaching impact on chimpanzees

15th Sep 2021

Roads have a negative impact on chimpanzee populations that can extend for more than 17 km, new research shows.

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University News

Rapid increase in global light pollution

14th Sep 2021

Global light pollution has increased by at least 49% over 25 years, new research shows.

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University News

Rethink ‘cost-benefit analysis’ to tackle climate crisis

14th Sep 2021

Policymakers need better analysis tools to help them tackle the systemic climate crisis, experts say.

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Marine, University News

Encyclopaedia chapter will aid UN goal on improving ocean sustainability

9th Sep 2021

The University of Exeter has led a collaboration to define the term “Oceans and Human Health” for a new Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development...

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University News

Experts set to use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism

8th Sep 2021

Experts will use history and comedy to empower LGBTQ+ young people to play a central role in climate activism as part of a major project...

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University News

‘Tipping points’ in Earth’s system triggered rapid climate change 55 million years ago, research shows

31st Aug 2021

Scientists have uncovered a fascinating new insight into what caused one of the most rapid and dramatic instances of climate change in the history of...

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Biodiversity, University News

Unrealistic experiments mean true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment is unknown, study warns

25th Aug 2021

Unrealistic scientific experiments mean the true impact of nitrogen pollution on the environment remains poorly understood, a new study warns.

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University News

University of Exeter Professor appointed to Scottish First Minister’s environmental council

24th Aug 2021

Professor Ian Bateman has been named as part of Nicola Sturgeon’s new group to advise Scottish Government on environmental crises.

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University News

Landmark CFC ban gave planet fighting chance against global warming, research shows

18th Aug 2021

Without the global CFC ban we would already be facing the reality of a ‘scorched earth’, according to researchers measuring the impact of the Montreal...

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University News

Crop farmers face new disease pressures as climate changes

5th Aug 2021

Climate change will increase the burden of crop diseases in some parts of the world and reduce it in others, new research suggests.

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Marine, University News

Major Atlantic Ocean current system may be approaching critical threshold, research shows

5th Aug 2021

A major current of the Atlantic Ocean – which acts like a global-scaled conveyor belt and includes the Gulf Stream – may have been losing...

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Marine, University News

Plastic creates ‘evolutionary trap’ for young sea turtles

2nd Aug 2021

Plastic pollution creates an “evolutionary trap” for young sea turtles, new research shows.

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University News

Olympic sports making slow progress on environmental sustainability, study finds

30th Jul 2021

Most International Federations in this summer’s Olympics are taking minimal if any action at all on climate and the environment, a new study has found.

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University News

Past abrupt climate changes provide ‘early warning signals’ of cascading tipping points

29th Jul 2021

Past tipping points triggered cascades of global climate, ecological and societal change, researchers say.

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Marine, University News

Warning over start of commercial-scale deep-sea mining

29th Jul 2021

Deep-sea mining in international waters could begin in two years – but researchers say this is unnecessary and could cause irreversible damage to marine ecosystems.

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Environmental Intelligence, University News

Earth’s vital signs worsen amid business-as-usual mindset on climate change

28th Jul 2021

Twenty months after declaring a climate emergency and establishing a set of vital signs for the Earth, a coalition of researchers says “unrelenting business as...

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