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Research establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing the battle against resistance

Researchers have made progress towards a G7 commitment to establish safe standards for the release of antimicrobials into the environment, by developing a new framework that establishes safe thresholds.

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'Manage tourism and nature to boost both,' report says

Tourism and the natural environment can be managed in ways that benefit both, new research reports suggest.

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G7 'legacy' project launched to protect and restore nature across Cornwall

The UK government has pledged an initial £700,000 for a nature recovery project in Cornwall as a "legacy" of this week's G7 summit.

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Tool developed to measure carbon footprint of a Cornish pasty

Nothing says Cornwall more than a Cornish pasty, but have you ever considered the environmental impact it is having?

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Play the Lameness Game to help reduce antibiotic use in sheep farming

A new citizen science study is trying to understand how easy it is to spot lameness in sheep by using a simulation game - in order to help reduce the use of antibiotics in sheep farming and fight the global problem of antimicrobial resistance.

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South West scores 65 out of 100 for ocean health

South West England has scored 65 out of 100 for ocean health, a new report reveals.

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The Environment and Sustainability Institute launches new film to highlight the importance of working with partners to secure a sustainable future

With a week to go before the G7 conference starts in Cornwall, the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, is launching a new film that documents the power of investing in ideas, research and partnerships to secure a more sustainable future.

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Road verges provide opportunity for wildflowers, bees and trees

Road verges cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain – an area the size of Dorset – and could be managed to help wildlife, new research shows.

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New partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust to help protect the natural world

A new, national partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Trust will see the two organisations join forces to help protect the natural world. 

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Penryn labs receive golden sustainability award

Labs at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus have received top level recognition for introducing and improving sustainable practice and reducing research impact on the environment.

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Experience nearly a decade of stunning arts/science collaborations inspired by research in Cornwall

2021 marks almost a decade of the ESI Creative Exchange, a rich and absorbing programme of arts/science collaborations between researchers at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) and South West based creative practitioners.

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Making spaces on the high street for clothing repairs could transform “make do and mend” into the “hipster’s’ equivalent of a spa day”, experts say

Making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity, experts say.

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Rock glaciers will slow Himalayan ice melt

Some Himalayan glaciers are more resilient to global warming than previously predicted, new research suggests.

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UK waters are home again to the bluefin tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna have returned to UK waters and can once again be seen during the summer and autumn months.

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Café reopening highlights Cornish circular economy drive

The reopening of a café – a year after closing due to lockdown – could mark a milestone in Cornwall's drive towards a "circular economy" with little or no waste.

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Fishers at risk in 'perfect storm'

Stormier weather will increasingly force fishers to choose between their safety and income, researchers say.

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Female gannets go the extra mile to feed chicks

Female gannets travel further than male gannets to find fish for their chicks in some years but not others, new research shows.

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Global warming poses threat to food chains

Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.

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Play and meaty food reduce hunting by cats

Domestic cats hunt wildlife less if owners play with them daily and feed them a meat-rich food, new research shows.

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University of Exeter responds to climate crisis

The University of Exeter has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.

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Solar Walls could power green transport of the future

Build Solar has won funding to explore whether their technology could be used extensively across UK rail networks in order to harvest solar energy at scale.

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Exeter’s pioneering approach to sustainability secures prestigious Guardian award

Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.

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New guide on using drones for conservation

Drones are a powerful tool for conservation – but they should only be used after careful consideration and planning, according to a new report.

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Pioneering new Circular Economy Centre in Technology Metals announced

The University of Exeter will lead a pioneering new research centre, designed to revolutionize how crucial metals are extracted, used and reused in clean and digital technologies across the UK.

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Artificial night lighting has widespread impacts on nature

Artificial night-time lighting has a diverse range of effects across the natural world and should be limited where possible, researchers say

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New project to find Europe’s green technology metals

A new four-year project ‘GREENPEG’ has received a grant of €8.3 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop new techniques to explore for pegmatite rocks containing lithium and other green technology metals.

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Exeter researcher wins Philip Leverhulme Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has been named among the winners of the 2020 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

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Nights warming faster than days across much of the planet

Global warming is affecting daytime and night-time temperatures differently – and greater night-time warming is more common than greater daytime warming worldwide – new research shows.

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Scientists unravel 66 million years of climate history from ocean sediments

Pioneering new analysis of deep-sea sediments has revealed the climatic changes over the last 66 million years of Earth’s history - which can be studied like a ‘colourful barcode’.

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Safe thresholds for antibiotics in sewage needed to help combat antibiotic resistance

New research reveals current understanding of safe antibiotic levels in rivers may not prevent evolution of antibiotic resistance.

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Researchers identify five types of cat owner

Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets’ roaming and hunting, according to a new study.

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Strengthening Cornwall’s food supply chains post Covid-19

Shortening food supply chains and improving local public procurement could provide a significant boost to the Cornish economy post-Covid-19, according to new research.

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Extinction Rebellion’s activists more likely to be new to protesting, study shows

Extinction Rebellion supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.

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Road verges could be havens for pollinators

Better-managed road verges can help boost pollinating insects, new research shows.

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Innovative Cornish project creates landscape art - with a twist

Cornish residents have played an integral role in a breath-taking new project that has given an unusual twist to the traditional way of creating landscape paintings.

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Students develop innovative ideas to help tackle the world’s greatest problems during Grand Challenges week

From new technology to end loneliness to children’s books and food labelling to tackle the climate emergency – University of Exeter students have developed innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

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Exeter in global top five for research on green space and public health

The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.

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Penryn student receives prestigious award for her work on tackling plastic waste

A University of Exeter postgraduate student has been honoured with The Diana Award - the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.

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Exeter project to develop new energy-saving windows and facades given £1.65 million funding boost

A pioneering new project to develop revolutionary new energy saving windows and facades has received a significant funding boost.

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Less than a quarter of Cornwall’s voluntary sector operating as usual amid COVID-19 crisis

Cornwall’s voluntary organisations have been adapting services to support more vulnerable people for longer during the Covid-19 crisis.  

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Sea swimming linked to illness, study shows

People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.

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Appetite for fast fashion goes out of style when people learn about impact of mass-produced clothing, study shows

Learning in groups how to make, mend and modify clothing reduces the appetite for fast fashion, a new study shows.

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Virtual event in Cornwall explores link between art and the natural world

The distinctive relationship between art and the natural world will be explored during a special virtual event in Cornwall, to be held later this month.

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Pine martens like to have neighbours – but not too near

Pine martens need neighbours but like to keep their distance, according to new research.

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‘Tequila’ powered biofuels could be used for transport fuel and hand sanitizer, research shows

The agave plant - which is used to make tequila – could be the key ingredient to unlocking a new way of producing environmentally-friendly transport fuel and hand sanitizer, new research has found.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? – new exhibition offers fascinating insight into Cornwall’s hidden world

A stunning new exhibition will offer a fascinating glimpse into the colourful and often kaleidoscopic world of bacteria, hidden out of sight throughout the distinctive Cornish landscape.

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School pupils join University of Exeter for Environment and Sustainability Day

Year 9 pupils from schools around Cornwall spent the day at the Penryn Campus for the annual Environment and Sustainability Day, which was this year based on the theme ‘Sustainable Futures for Cornwall’.

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Autoimmunity may explain why an important immune system is absent in many bacteria

New findings from University of Exeter researchers reveal how bacterial immune systems can be harmful for their hosts and explain why they are not found in many bacteria.

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Exeter researcher finalist in Blavatnik Awards

A University of Exeter researcher has won recognition in the 2020 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK.

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Plant life expanding in the Everest region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

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Meeting the challenges facing fisheries climate risk insurance

Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers say.

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University of Exeter academic wins prestigious research prize

A University of Exeter academic has been awarded the prestigious Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.

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Millions of seabirds rely on discarded fish

Millions of scavenging seabirds survive on fish discarded by North Sea fishing vessels, new research shows.

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University of Exeter hosts schools environment conference in Cornwall

More than 160 secondary school pupils from around the county have attended a schools environment conference at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus yesterday (Tuesday), in association with Cornwall Secondary Schools.

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New B-Lines to put the buzz back into Cornwall

An ambitious new plan for helping our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects is being launched today by Buglife, the University of Exeter and Cornwall Council.

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Evolving alongside other bacteria keeps hospital bug potent

Bacteria that evolve in natural environments – rather than laboratory tests – may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows.

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Project launched to study artificial lighting at night from space

Citizen scientists are being urged to help shine a light on one of the most significant, yet often neglected, environmental issues by using photos taken from space.

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Exeter researchers help to raise awareness about the amount of plastic waste generated in labs

Scientists at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall have taken to social media to help raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste generated in laboratories and encourage more sustainable science.  

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The Argument for Sexual Selection in Bacteria

Sexual selection can sometimes explain phenomena that natural selection alone cannot, and some bacteria could also exhibit sexual selection, researchers at the University of Exeter argue.

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Learn how to avoid fast fashion at Cornish events this month

Experts working to help find ways to stop Britain’s fast fashion addiction will share their findings at a new exhibition touring Cornwall this month.

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Robot cameras reveal secret lives of basking sharks in UK marine conservation first

An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behaviour of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides.

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Road verges provide refuge for pollinators

Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.

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It’s dog eat dog on the canine social ladder

Climbing the social ladder is a ruff business for dogs, new research shows.

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Penryn students make waves at international solar-powered boat competition

A team of intrepid students from the University of Exeter has been making waves at a special, pan-European eco-racing competition.

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Honeybee mite raises bumblebee virus risk

A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows.

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Climate change benefits for giant petrels

Giant petrels will be “temporary” winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region – but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows.

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Fishing among worst jobs for health

People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.

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CSM expert named as Distinguished Lecturer

An Exeter mining expert has spoken of her delight after being awarded a significant honour.

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Exeter hosts Summit on Environmental Intelligence

Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.

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Exeter researchers feature in Royal Society special issue on CRISPR

Researchers based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute have guest edited and published in a new special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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Buying and selling cattle can link individual farms to thousands of other farms with each purchase

Understanding the complex networks of “contact chains” between British farms, could help identify potential routes for spread of infections and improve disease control strategies for the cattle industry.

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School pupils join University of Exeter for Environment and Sustainability Day

Year 10 pupils from schools across Cornwall spent the day at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus last week for the annual Environment and Sustainability Day, which was based on the theme: ‘Sustainable Fashion – Catwalk to Global Cat-astrophe’.

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Digital Humanities Lab Workshop

The Digital Humanities Lab roadshow visited the Penryn campus on Wednesday 27 February and was hosted by the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). The event was planned in collaboration with Penryn Archives & Special Collections, who provided some interesting material for digitisation.

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Exeter researcher awarded Pew Fellowship to discover if commercial fishing harms endangered penguin populations

Experts will work to discover if commercial fishing is harming endangered African penguins by making it harder to forage for food in the ocean.

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Whale Tail Sculpture displayed at ESI

A creative and environmentally aware teenager from North Devon has designed and built a whale tail sculpture to raise awareness of the impact of single use plastic. The sculpture, which is made from 1500 recycled water bottles, is currently on display in the ESI building on the Penryn Campus until the end of term. 

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Roaming cats prey on their owners’ minds

Many cat owners worry about their pets wandering the streets, but perceive cats hunting mice and birds to be unavoidable instinct, researchers at the University of Exeter have found.

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