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From the Humalayas to the Fens - The Foundation Lecture

12 February 2020

Professor Bhaskar Vira, Fitzwilliam College Fellow, Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Geography, gave the 2019 Foundation Lecture ‘From the Himalayas to the Fens: Towards a Political Economy of Environment and Development’ to a packed audience on Thursday evening. The Professor of Political Economy, Head of the...

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Degraded soils mean tropical forests may never fully recover from logging

17 December 2019

Continually logging and re-growing tropical forests to supply timber is reducing the levels of vital nutrients in the soil, which may limit future forest growth and recovery, a new study suggests. This raises concerns about the long-term sustainability of logging in the tropics. “Old-growth tropical forests that have been...

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Ecosystems Overload

12 December 2019

We are laying waste to the biosphere. If we're serious about saving millions of species, then it's our own that must change how it thinks about, lives off and values the planet it inhabits. Read whole article here

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Chemical diversity more important than biodiversity for producing greenhouse gases in lakes.

29 November 2019

Chemical and microbial diversity covary in fresh water to influence ecosystem functioning ( Andrew J. Tanentza p, Department of Plant Sciences). Freshwater lakes have been identified as a potential “ticking time bomb” amid fears greenhouse gases contained in the water could double as a result of climate change, scientists...

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Extent of human encroachment into world’s protected areas revealed

29 October 2019

Largest study yet to compare protected with “matched” unprotected land finds “significantly higher” increases in human pressure – primarily through agriculture – in protected areas across the tropics. "Our study shows that agriculture is the driving force behind threats to protected areas, particularity in the tropics:"...

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Biodiversity-related activities to boost local biodiversity

21 June 2019

The Environment and Energy section is currently looking for members of staff or students in your department who would be interested in running biodiversity-related activities to boost local biodiversity and help promote wellbeing activities within the department. Such events could include, but are not restricted to, nature...

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PRESS RELEASE Beyond the Academy: Embedding Interdisciplinarity: The role of Universities as ‘dynamic catalysts for change’

28 May 2019

More and more universities are embracing interdisciplinary research, recognising that it is vital for tackling complex global problems. However, interdisciplinary working is yet to become embedded in academia. Conventional academic systems are not designed to support interdisciplinary research, and traditional structures...

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Unusual Suspects: what contributions can biodiversity conservation organisations make to the Sustainable Development Goals?

22 September 2018

Collaborators in Cambridge have launched a new tool designed to help conservation practitioners engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, within this framework, the wider human and societal benefits of their work. This tool launches on the same day as the Cambridge Conservation Initiative hosts an event...

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Biodiversity conservation initiatives have unfulfilled potential to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

21 September 2018

UCCRI has launched an online tool that allows conservation professionals to look at how biodiversity projects contribute to the SDG targets, and a new paper examining the potential of REDD+ projects to make a greater contribution towards SDG targets. UCCRI is part of a new, multi-university network that will explore...

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Charlotte Payne presented with Public Engagement with Research Award

22 July 2018

July 2018 Congratulations to PhD student Charlotte Payne , who has been awarded one of the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award from Cambridge University for her work around edible insects. The University said “Working together with farmers and scientists at every stage, Payne developed a participatory...

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