Max (he/him) is Environment News Editor at The Oxford Blue for the summer vacation and Michelmas 2020. He is entering his second year studying History and Politics at Balliol.
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Oxfam report exposes ‘The Era of Extreme Carbon Inequality’

In the 25 years between 1990 and 2015, humanity doubled the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, in a period of unprecedented and highly unequal emissions growth. According to a new report by Oxfam, conducted with the Stockholm Environment Institute, during this time, the richest 1 per cent of the world’s population were Read More…

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City Council and Oxford University accused of passing buck on environmental commitments

Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford have been accused of a dereliction of their duty to protect greenbelt land around Oxford, after a plan to build 4,400 homes was approved by Cherwell District Council this week. The plan forms part of Oxford’s unmet housing need strategy, and will include thousands of homes for Read More…

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Oxford academic supports ‘landmark’ climate bill presented to Parliament

A bill has been presented to Parliament to provide what its supporters call “a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and to tighten up current UK legislation.” The objectives of the Private Members’ Bill, which has the backing of MPs from 7 opposition Read More…

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Caviar for quarantine? St Anne’s email chain fiasco for international students

In an email sent to St Anne’s undergraduates yesterday, and seen by The Oxford Blue, recipients not only received the news that they might have to pay £548.10 for a two-week locked-down stay at the college, but also a chain of emails among several staff members, deliberating on how best to break the news.

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University must act, or risks failing its international students, letter warns

A letter written and signed by hundreds of international students from across Oxford’s colleges has urged the University to take immediate action to ensure that overseas students can live and study safely and affordably in Michaelmas term. Addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, the letter warns; “International students are currently exposed to the inflation Read More…

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BREAKING: Government U-turn on admissions policy

The government has today announced a U-turn in its assessment policy for A-Levels and GCSEs in England, following several days of outrage from students, parents and teachers alike. Pupils’ grades will now be based on teacher assessments alone, with exams regulator Ofqual confirming that the controversial algorithm has been scrapped. The news comes as more Read More…

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In or out? Oxford colleges split over A-Levels admissions policy

“It’s the morally right thing to do.” These were the words of Worcester College Admissions tutor, Professor Laura Ashe, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The college was the first to announce that they would respect all offers made to students, irrespective of whether they had been downgraded by the A-Levels algorithm which has Read More…

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A storm has come: Extreme weather events across the globe

Perhaps the most extreme thing about extreme weather events is that, in no small part, humans are responsible for them. Make no mistake, the relationship between our changing climate and extreme weather events is complex; it is impossible to claim x company’s emissions caused y country’s floods or wildfires. Yet at the same time, the Read More…