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‘Managing Future Shocks’ in focus for two new research programmes

The Oxford Martin School has launched two new solutions-focused programmes aiming to support greater resilience in global economic, social and environmental governance in the face of future shocks and crises of all types.

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Earth Day 2022 and the undervalued decarbonisation potential of state-owned energy companies

Today, on Earth Day 2022 people from around the world that care about the future of our climate and environment are calling on businesses, governments, and individuals to do one thing – Invest in our Planet.

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Policy action from world leaders can accelerate a Just energy transition

The 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report insists that we have options in all sectors to at least halve emissions by 2030, but the aim to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees is not going to happen unless radical steps are taken.

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African Governance: economic, social and political governance challenges explored in new event series.

The economic, social and political governance challenges for sub-Saharan Africa remain immense. In 2018 40% of the population were living below the US$1.90-a-day poverty line, a situation which will have only become worse due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the area is expecting to experience a youth bulge, in the face of growing economic uncertainties.

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Can news help? New evidence on the links between news use and misinformation

"Our findings challenge the notion that, by drawing attention to false content, news leave people more misinformed," writes Rasmus Nielsen

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Open letter calls for enforcement so that “toothless” Environment Act protects the English countryside

Leading ecologists, conservationists and biodiversity specialists from the Universities of Oxford, Kent, Exeter and Bangor have today published an open letter calling on the government to close gaps in the Environment Act 2021 that could undermine its ability to protect and restore nature, and reverse wildlife loss in England.

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Can a creative approach help fix the plastics problem?

In a recent exhibition at The Design Museum, London, a new generation of designers sought to rethink our relationship to everyday things – with a little help from polymer science.

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£10mn backing for fast-paced research on environmental policy questions

The Agile Initiative at the Oxford Martin School has been established with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council to provide rapid solutions to critical environmental issues.

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Professor Sir Paul Collier appointed to UK Government's Levelling Up Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will be charged with providing independent expert advice to the Government on matters relating to the design and delivery of levelling up.

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COP26: successes, lessons and what’s next explored in new event series

Many people believed that the 26th meeting of the UN’s global climate summit (COP26) hosted in Glasgow in November 2021 was the world’s last best chance to get runaway climate change under control.

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UK encourages UN Member States to undertake national cybersecurity capacity assessment

The call was made in a statement by the UK delegation to the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of ICTs in the Context of International Security at its first substantive session at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Taxing meat can protect the environment

Taxing meat could be an important lever for aligning Western diets with environmental goals and can be designed such that low-income households and farmers are compensated.

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Meat and dairy gobble up farming subsidies worldwide; it's bad for your health and the planet

The global food system is in disarray. Animal agriculture is a major driver of global heating, and as many as 12 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, cancers and diabetes are each year connected to eating the wrong things, like too much red and processed meat and too few fruits and vegetables.

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