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Ancient DNA reveals how a chicken virus evolved to become more deadly

An international team of scientists led by geneticists and disease biologists from the University of Oxford - including biologists on the Oxford Martin programmes on the Future of Food and Pandemic Genomics - and LMU Munich have used ancient DNA to trace the evolution of Marek's Disease Virus (MDV).

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End-of-world scare stories have the opposite effect: Dame EJ accentuates the positive

It makes no sense to talk in apocalyptic terms about the environment, Dame EJ Milner-Gulland has told the University of Oxford's website.

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Excessive state reliance on carbon dioxide removal is ‘likely inconsistent with international law,’ says Oxford research

In the run-up to COP28, new research from a team at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London warns that states which over-rely on future Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) to meet Paris Agreement targets could fall foul of international law.

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Methane, meat and metrics

The Oxford Martin School's Director, Professor Sir Charles Godfray, and Professor of Geosystem Science, Myles Allen discuss the way forward for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.

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New research from Agile Initiative finds nature-based solutions are essential for Brazil to meet its 2050 net zero pledge

Without the implementation of nature-based solutions, in particular ending deforestation and restoring native vegetation, Brazil would jeopardise its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pledges including achieving net zero GHG emissions by mid-century, according to research published today from an international team led by the Oxford Martin School's Agile Initiative.

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New programmes to focus on challenges of Net Zero, AI and critical metals

The Oxford Martin School has launched three new research programmes focussed on solving a diverse set of critical challenges: sourcing the critical metals needed for the energy transition, achieving global Net Zero, and managing the risks of Artificial Intelligence.

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Switzerland, UK and Norway "dangerously unprepared" to keep people cool if global 1.5ºC target is missed

Researchers from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Cooling have predicted the impact of rising temperatures on climate adaptation requirements for cooling on a country-by-country basis if climate targets are missed.

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Damehood for Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland in King’s Birthday Honours

The Director of three Oxford Martin School programmes is one of six members of Oxford University recognised in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours list.

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The Agile Initiative invites ideas for new Sprint research projects.

Ideas and EoIs for new Sprints invited from University of Oxford researchers

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Professor Myles Allen elected to Royal Society

Professor Myles Allen has been named among eight members of the University of Oxford who have joined the Royal Society as Fellows.

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Project aimed at helping farmers reduce their environmental impact receives funding boost

The HESTIA project, hosted between the Oxford Martin School and the Department of Biology, has received a donation from the Ardevora Charitable Trust. The funding will support research into the environmental impacts of arable farming and aquaculture, as well as pesticide toxicity

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“No more harm to nature”: citizens’ assembly calls for urgent change

The first ever UK-wide citizens’ assembly for nature has today published its recommendations for renewing and protecting our natural environment, calling for urgent and immediate action from every part of society.

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