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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New programme launched to reshape our approach to tackling biodiversity loss

The accelerating loss of biodiversity is rapidly becoming acknowledged as one of the major threats facing humanity in the next decade, just as its significance to our health, wealth and well-being is becoming better understood.

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Solving the ‘chicken and egg’ problem of Electric Vehicles in Africa

Electric vehicles could have a transformative effect on health, carbon emissions and consumer costs in Sub Saharan Africa, but governments must solve the problem of investment in infrastructure and vehicles.

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Professor Charlotte Williams elected to Royal Society

Professor Charlotte Williams, Lead Researcher on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics, is among six University of Oxford Academics to have joined the Royal Society as Fellows.

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Four new initiatives launched to support ‘Building Back Better’ from COVID-19

The Oxford Martin School has launched four new solutions-focused research initiatives, designed to make an immediate difference in helping the world ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘The Economics of Biodiversity’ addressed in online event series

Following on from the Dasgupta Review, the Oxford Martin School is hosting a new series of online events on the ‘Economics of Biodiversity’, beginning on 6th May with a discussion with the report’s author, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta.

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Planning and adaptive thinking needed to navigate renewable energy network investment

One of the challenges facing Ofgem as regulator, in planning for integration of renewable energy sources into our energy supply, is determining how much network investment to allow, given the uncertainty around the pace and direction of energy transition.

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Climate change imperils countries’ ability to repay COVID debts

Most governments’ borrowing during the pandemic pays scant attention to the effects that climate change could have on their ability to repay the debt, researchers at Oxford University find.

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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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