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COP26 and the many sides of Climate Change: An Editorial

Illustration by Mia Clement COP26 is now less than three months away. Scores of world leaders will fly in for the start, and officials from 196 countries will spend two weeks in high-pressure negotiations aimed at setting a new path to a safer climate. COVID-19 has refocused priorities and caused individuals and governments alike to Read More…

Environment Global Affairs

Hidden secrets of the ocean and ice

Illustration by Mia Clement – sketch of an ice sheet The ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. The Fifth Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013 revealed that it has thus far absorbed 93% of the extra energy from the enhanced greenhouse effect, with warming Read More…

Global Affairs

On the back of the new IPCC report, what comes next?

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its sixth assessment report, addressing the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system, bringing together climate scientists from across the globe and the latest advances in climate science to warn of the imminent and dire risk of climate change.  This Report responds to the Read More…

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Waste and disposal – the movement of our rubbish

The UK is a significant contributor to the world’s plastic crisis, generating approximately 43.9 million tonnes of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste in 2018, of which 37.2 million tonnes (85%) was generated in England. Our recycling system is already overwhelmed by plastic waste. Now, our waste is overwhelming other countries’ recycling systems, causing severe harm Read More…

The Blueprint

The Blueprint, Issue No. 8—Silence

The Blueprint is The Oxford Blue’s arts publication. It showcases creative work in a range of artistic media, providing a space to share thoughts, stories and personal experiences. Issue No. 8—Silence “Silence is so freaking loud.” Sarah Dessen The final instalment of our sensory series contemplates the myriad ways in which silence might manifest. Artists Read More…

Global Affairs

G7- A Colossal Failure for Environmental Action and Investment

With little more than six months until UNCOP26, international figures and governments need to raise ambition and work constructively worldwide to deliver climate action and mitigation against environmental degradation and biodiversity loss on a global scale. The existing commitments of international governments still need to be made more ambitious to keep warming to 1.5C and Read More…

Global Affairs

The Green Party Takes Europe By Storm

The Green party has long been a prominent political advocate for sustainable and environmental initiatives, policy, implementation and action. Recently, Germany’s Green party has had surprising success despite a large focus on the rise of the far right, yet Green parties throughout Europe are gaining traction in support and voters. While Merkel’s coalition dives in Read More…