Global Affairs

Summit Attempts Steps Towards Climate Mitigation

On April 22nd 2021 President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to a virtual summit on the climate crisis. Heads of state, including Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, were invited to the two-day meeting meant to mark Washington’s return to the front lines of the fight against human-caused climate change, after Donald Read More…

Global Affairs

Trading Rainwater: China’s potential solution to water inequality

In the midst of a water-shortage crisis, Chinese towns traded rainwater on a state-run exchange this week. What could this tell us about the economics of climate change & sustainability? Chinese towns traded rainwater for the first time on a state-run exchange this week before being quickly resold at a 450% increase in price. Arriving Read More…

The UK broke previous wind-power records in 2020. Source: Orsted
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Silver linings and green recoveries: Promising environmental news in a decidedly dismal year

Before the outbreak of a novel zoonotic disease colonised the news cycle, 2020 had been earmarked as a landmark year for global environmental politics and policy. In Glasgow, world leaders were set to substantiate their commitments to limiting climate change to 1.5ºC of warming under the Paris Agreement, while in Kunming, the international community planned Read More…

Professor Malhi in Wytha. Source: Yadvinder Malhi
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Oxford professor elected President of British Ecological Society

Oxford professor Yadvinder Malhi has been elected as the next President of the British Ecological Society (BES), following an online ballot of members this week. Professor Malhi will take up the post in December 2021, when the current president, Jane Memmott’s term comes to an end. Announcing the news on its website on Wednesday, BES Read More…

XR protesters showing their support for the CEE Bill. Source: @CEEbill_NOW
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Oxford councils diverge over support for Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Oxfordshire County Council has passed a motion to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which was presented to Parliament by Green MP Caroline Lucas in September.  The Bill calls on the government to implement  “a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and Read More…

Knepp Wildland Estate, Source: Knepp Wildland
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Prioritise natural regeneration to address climate and ecological emergency, report urges

A report released this week has argued that natural regeneration should become the default approach to reforesting Britain’s lands, which currently have some of the lowest tree cover in Europe. Rewilding Britain, the charity behind the report, is campaigning for Britain’s tree cover to double from its current levels of 13% to 26% by 2030, Read More…