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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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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…

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UK landowners failing on tree coverage

A recent Friends of the Earth study has found that England’s biggest landowners “don’t have anywhere near enough trees on their land”. On the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate, woodland cover stands at 6%, whilst on the Church of England’s land, this falls to only 3%. In an open letter, Friends of the Earth is calling 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…