Current Affairs Environment News

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…

Current Affairs Environment News

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…

Books Culture Environment News

Environmental book worm: 5 books to read in the climate crisis

Environment, climate, and nature-related literature is becoming increasingly popular, as writers, activists and academics attempt to grapple with the complexity and scale of the climate and ecological crises we face. From personal rewilding to systemic environmental injustices and everything in between, these 5 books tackle different aspects of the crisis we find ourselves in today, Read More…

Current Affairs Environment News

Oxford economist joins over 100 others to sign letter calling for end to carbon economy

Over 100 leading economists have written a letter calling for an end to the carbon-intensive economy on which the world has relied so heavily in the decades leading up to the coronavirus pandemic. The authors of the letter to The Guardian include the Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, and Kate Raworth of Oxford Read More…

Current Affairs Environment News

Oxford to host youth climate summit this year

Oxford City Council has announced plans to host an online youth climate summit in late autumn this year. The plans form part of commitments made by the Council in response to last year’s Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change, which involved people aged 16 and over. Announced on the City Council’s website, the aim of the Read More…

Current Affairs Environment News

University Sustainability launches investigation into flying practices

Academics from the School of Geography and Environment launched a survey of the staff and students at an Oxford college this week as part of the most extensive study of flying practices at the University. The survey states that the study aims “to investigate flying practices by academics, students and professional staff at a single Read More…

Environment News

Green New Deal and meal deals: Sunak statement criticised as ‘drop in the ocean’ for green recovery

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, used his summer statement on Wednesday to announce a further package of economic recovery measures, including a “green recovery” programme to cut carbon emissions and invest in green buildings. The government will set aside £3 billion for decarbonising buildings and issue vouchers worth up to £10,000 to encourage Read More…