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Could your idea tip the balance on climate change and win €1000?

Submit your ‘runaway solution’ to global warming for a chance to win €1000 and pitch your winning idea to the Post-Carbon Transition team.

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How can business achieve a “nature-positive economy”

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is calling for a shift towards “nature-positive economy”, but will it own the role of big business in the climate and nature crisis and ensure the radical economic transformation needed?

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Professor Steve Rayner announced as 2020 Paradigm Award winner

Professor Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Lead Researcher on three current Oxford Martin School programmes, has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Paradigm Award by the Breakthrough Institute.

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How we worked with the New Scientist on its Veganuary experiment

New Scientist magazine approached our team to get involved with their small Veganuary ‘experiment’. I was excited! Their idea was to ‘self-experiment’ and for some of their staff to try a vegan diet for a week.

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Veganuary: LEAP researchers give their verdict

Researchers from the LEAP (Livestock, Environment and People) project, based at the Oxford Martin School, have lent their expertise to an experiment by journalists at the New Scientist, who wanted to see first-hand whether a short period without eating animal products could benefit personal health and that of the planet.

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Only 1 in 10 of the world’s largest energy companies have made plans to get to net-zero emissions

Just 13 out of the largest 132 coal, electricity, and oil and gas companies have made commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, according to research published today by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Oxford Martin School, and the Transition Pathway Initiative.

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Capturing carbon dioxide to make useful products could become big business, finds study

CO2 utilisation has the potential to operate at large scale and at low cost, meaning it could form part of a viable new global industry.

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Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and wholegrains is a win-win for health and the environment

New analysis by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota, published today in the journal PNAS, has identified a range of ‘win-win’ foods that both improve human health and have a low impact on the environment.

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Oxford Martin School expands latest funding round and extends deadline

We currently have an open call for research on technological solutions and their barriers. We are pleased to announce that we are expanding this call to include another competition, to fund a single Oxford Martin School Programmet that is 100% compliant with the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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'To meet Paris Agreement targets, focus on warming, not emissions'

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'The Nemo effect' is untrue: Animal movies promote awareness, not harm

Contrary to what was widely communicated in media by high-profile figures, the movie 'Finding Dory' had no impact on increasing demand for blue tang fish, the species of the main protagonist. There was, however, an increase in online searches for that species, showing that blockbusters can drive information-seeking behavior about nature.

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'Game On' to Kick Ambitious Goals for Agriculture, Energy, Water & Climate Change

Despite threats posed by global warming and other environmental challenges, an esteemed international expert on food security sees grounds for hope in the efforts to meet elusive goals around agriculture, energy, water and climate change.

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Food security in focus in the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

Land is under threat from rising global temperatures and unprecedented rates of land and freshwater exploitation the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns.

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