Environment

Our programmes range from developing better plastics to understanding the illegal wildlife trade, and from accelerating the adoption of renewable energy to better management of the high seas. Conserving the natural systems on which all human life depends requires action on many fronts, and we provide new understanding, insights and ideas to ensure that solutions to pressing environmental challenges can be found.

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Most national dietary guidelines are not compatible with global environmental and health targets, and are in need of reform

Adopting more stringent guidelines in UK could reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 70% and reduce diet-related deaths by more than 100,000 a year, study finds

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Five new programmes will explore technological solutions to global challenges

The Oxford Martin School is pleased to announce the launch of five new programmes of research, identified through an open competition across the University.

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Experts defend safety of reusables during COVID-19 pandemic

Academics including Professor Charlotte Williams, one of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics’ lead researchers, have sought to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe to use during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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Planetary alignment for global Net Zero

Next year will see an alignment of three of the big planetary bodies of diplomatic summitry – the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties (COP26), the G7 and the G20.

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Cold chains can help mitigate the COVID-19 food crisis: key lessons from Uganda

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More sustainable plastics are within our grasp, but more research is needed - report

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What can be done to make heat pumps financially attractive for home heating?

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Featured Article

Carbon Brief Guest Post: Ten ways to use CO2 and how they compare

Dr Ella Adlen, research and programmes manager at the Oxford Martin School and Professor Cameron Hepburn, director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment look at what CO2 utilisation is, how it might relate to CO2 removals and emission reductions, and whether such technologies are profitable or scalable.

They compare the potential scale and cost of ten different CO2 utilisation pathways. Concluding that overall, CO2 utilisation has the potential to operate at large scale and at low cost, meaning it could be big business in the future.

The article is based on the Nature paper led by Dr Adlen and Professor Hepburn entitled 'The technological and economic prospects for CO2 utilization and removal'.

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SHAPING THE ENERGY SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE

Long Read - June 2019

Find out how economists, social scientists, materials scientists and engineers at the Oxford Martin School are working together to create new systems approaches that can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy.

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