Action to improve the nation’s resilience is failing to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet and increasing climate risks facing the UK.
Scientists warn G7 humanitarian and economic costs of breaching 1.5C will far exceed costs of achieving it
A group of world-leading climate scientists are calling on global leaders to factor in the economic, environmental and humanitarian costs of failing to keep global warming below 1.5C this century.
Tackling the climate crisis will require embracing new ways of thinking and challenging dominant social and economic practices, a new book suggests.
A new study shows that substantial amounts of carbon dioxide were released during the last millennium because of crop cultivation on peatlands in the Northern Hemisphere.
Researchers from the University of Exeter are involved with two projects as part of the new £20 million Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).
Researchers have identified the key factors that influence a vital pattern of ocean currents.
Plastic pollution has been found in seawater, on beaches and inside marine animals at the Galapagos Islands.
A new method of capturing carbon from seawater could help us tackle climate change.
Organisations must examine every detail of their environmental impact to tackle the climate emergency, a leading researcher says.
Plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems and predictive modelling – integrated at the global scale – are necessary to mitigate future plant disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, researchers say.
Scientists have proposed the first steps towards a united global plan to save our oceans, for the sake of human health.
Scientists studying the impact of record heat and drought on intact African tropical rainforests were surprised by how resilient they were to the extreme conditions during the last major El Niño event.
Of the over 400 climate scenarios assessed in the 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only about 50 scenarios avoid significantly overshooting 1.5°C.
The Antarctic ice sheet was even more unstable in the past than previously thought, and at times possibly came close to collapse, new research suggests.
The window of opportunity to protect the structure of the world’s coral reefs is still open but time is running out, new research shows.
Some meat eaters feel disgusted by meat, according to a new study.
Global warming of 3°C could lead to a major jump in melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to a new study.
The Brazilian Amazon rainforest released more carbon than it stored over the last decade – with degradation a bigger cause than deforestation – according to new research.
The world's oceans could soak up less carbon or even beginning emitting carbon in the future, a new UNESCO report warns.
The University of Exeter is home to the UK’s top five most influential climate scientists - the only UK climate scientists to secure places in the global top 21 - according to a prestigious new list.
A new way of measuring economic growth that reveals the enormous value of the natural world has been officially approved by the United Nations.
The University of Exeter’s commitment to sustainability and tackling inequality on the global stage has been recognised in the latest influential rankings.
The disastrous consequences of climate "tipping points" could be averted if global warming was reversed quickly enough, new research suggests.
Some Himalayan glaciers are more resilient to global warming than previously predicted, new research suggests.
Greater care needs to be taken when measuring the success of public spending on biodiversity to avoid ‘misguiding policy and spending’, leading researchers have warned.
Communities can measure their carbon footprint using a new online tool.
Large areas of forests regrowing in the Amazon to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are being limited by climate and human activity.
The University of Exeter has topped the 2021 list of universities pledging to include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within teaching, learning and assessment.
New research, which brings healthcare data together with ground-breaking ecological techniques, could set a roadmap for refining pollen forecasts in the future.
A team led by scientists from Cardiff University has, for the first time, been able to track the development of the largest and least understood habitat on Earth.
New research shows 64 countries cut their fossil CO2 emissions during 2016-2019, but the rate of reduction needs to increase tenfold to meet the Paris Agreement aims to tackle climate change.
Rising temperatures could reduce the efficiency of food chains and threaten the survival of larger animals, new research shows.
Eminent scientists warn that key ecosystems around Australia and Antarctica are collapsing, and propose a three-step framework to combat irreversible global damage
Using human rights laws may be most effective way of harnessing international legislation to protect the Amazon, study shows
Using laws governing human rights may be the best way of harnessing international legislation and tribunals to protect the Amazon, a new study shows.
The Biden administration should reinstate the estimated economic cost of CO2 emitted to $50 a ton, a group of leading researchers has said.
The impact of ozone on soybean production can be predicted more accurately thanks to improvements to a computer modelling system.
Research conducted by University of Exeter experts has been recognised among the most shared and discussed of 2020.
A new research hub led by the University of Exeter will spearhead national efforts to create a sustainable, circular economy where fewer resources are used and more waste materials reused – delivering huge benefits to the environment and UK economy.
The European Commission’s planned new rules on sustainable finance could undermine the bloc’s climate change goals, according to an open letter signed by Professor Chendi Zhang, Director of the Business School’s new Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre.
Oxygen levels in the ancient oceans were surprisingly resilient to climate change, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter researcher is one of three winners of this year's BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award.
Positive “tipping points” could spark cascading changes that accelerate action on climate change, experts say.
A pioneering new study helps shed light on the chances of extreme cold, and potentially snow in the UK in the next fortnight.
The global COVID-19 lockdowns caused fossil carbon dioxide emissions to decline by an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes in 2020 – a record drop according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Exeter and the Global Carbon Project.
The University of Exeter has created a comprehensive plan to cut carbon emissions and improve the environment on its campuses and beyond.
Preserving the world's peatlands – and the vast carbon stores they contain – is vital to limiting climate change, researchers say.
A lack of data on the environmental and social impacts of vegetable oil crops stands in the way of informed discussions about their relative sustainability, according to a new study by members of the IUCN’s Palm Oil Task Force.
Pivotal work conducted by staff and students to transform the University of Exeter’s approach to sustainability has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
A coalition of leading climate research universities is calling on world leaders to prioritise net zero carbon emissions.
Scientists aim to tackle plastic pollution in the Galapagos Islands and wider Eastern Pacific in a major project based on cooperation with local researchers and communities.
A huge new study has unravelled what factors control tree mortality rates in Amazon forests and helps to explain why tree mortality is increasing across the Amazon basin.
Global warming of 2°C would lead to about 230 billion tonnes of carbon being released from the world's soil, new research suggests.
Photographers are invited to submit images for inclusion in a major scientific report on climate change in the UK and around the world.
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.
A consortium of Exeter alumni have joined the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and the University of Exeter, in setting up a new PhD project to protect the Cerrado ecosystem in Brazil.
Climate experts from the University of Exeter have written to Devon County Council in support of action to encourage low-carbon travel.
New scientific publications reviewed since January 2020 strengthen the evidence that climate change increases the frequency and/or severity of fire weather in many regions of the world.
Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say.
The Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence has appointed its inaugural leadership team.
The world's oceans soak up more carbon than most scientific models suggest, according to new research.
The amount of water in glacial lakes worldwide has risen by about 50 per cent since 1990, researchers say.
Research published this week in Earth System Dynamics reports that the most sensitive climate models overestimate global warming during the last 50 years.
Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses – and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.
A study of five different seafoods has found traces of plastic in every sample tested.
New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.
Small trees that grow up in drought conditions could form the basis of more drought-resistant rainforests, new research suggests.
Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.
Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.
A new initiative designed to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges has been announced.
A new soap opera, comic and app are the latest weapons being used to tackle the epidemic of kidnappings in Mexico.
Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK coast.
Palm trees are more than five times more numerous in tropical forests in the Americas than in comparable Asian and African forests, a new study shows.
Coconut oil production may be more damaging to the environment than palm oil, researchers say.
Impoverished communities and diverse ecosystems in Colombia are under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
A University of Exeter researcher has been named as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.
Two Exeter climate scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS).
Pathogens that attack agricultural crops show remarkable adaptability to new climates and new plant hosts, new research shows.
Warm and sunny springs – like the one just seen in the UK – can create conditions that pave the way for severe summer droughts, a new study has shown.
The impact of social and political systems on Colombian forests is explored through a short story from a collaboration between Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Hay Festival.
Replacing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a new “ecosystem” measure reveals the enormous value of the natural world, new research shows.
Creating sustainable plastics is vital for the future of our environment, a new report says.
Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.
Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research published in Science suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.
The COVID-19 global lockdown has had an “extreme” effect on daily carbon emissions, but it is unlikely to last – according to a new analysis by an international team of scientists.
A new study suggests an underestimation of microplastics in the ocean.
Temperate and tropical dry forests – not just rainforests – are home to thousands of unique tree species, a new study reveals.
‘Near-unlivable’ heat for one-third of humans within 50 years if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut
Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Thousands of trees have been planted in former rainforest land in the Amazon, nourishing the soil and providing impoverished Brazilians with food and increased incomes.
No one doubts that trees can help suck carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere and help tackle climate change.
Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows.
Scientists are manipulating genes that could solve environmental sustainability and conservation problems in Australian environments.
The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study tracking 300,000 trees over 30 years, published today in Nature.
Chemical changes in the oceans more than 800 million years ago almost destroyed the oxygen-rich atmosphere that paved the way for complex life on Earth, new research suggests.
A University of Exeter research institute has been boosted by the arrival of nine new staff.
Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt, new research suggests.
Crop production in Britain will fall dramatically if climate change causes the collapse of a vital pattern of ocean currents, new research suggests.
Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published today in Nature Communications.
More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active”, a group of leading scientists have warned.
Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.
An Exeter scientist has been nominated for a climate communication award – alongside environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Unchecked climate change could drive Britain’s crop growing north and west, leaving the east and south east unable to support crop growing, new research suggests
The ‘Great West’ can lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.
A world-leading climate scientist from the University of Exeter has played a pivotal role in the latest Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Scientists strengthen cooperation, U.K. now shares responsibility with Norway for developing ocean greenhouse gas measurements
The U.K. will join hosting the Ocean Thematic Centre within ICOS, a European research infrastructure measuring greenhouse gases on the atmosphere, land and oceans. Long-term measurement of the seas is important since the oceans take up about one quarter of the carbon dioxide humans release to the atmosphere, reducing the rate of climate change.
Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study has revealed.
Some tipping points that will cause vast quantities of polar ice to reach the ocean have already been passed, a top climate scientist says.
Humans are controlling Earth’s life support systems like “rowdy schoolchildren” let loose on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, according to a leading scientist.
Climate protests by young people hit the headlines this year – but could the theories of a 100-year-old man hold the key to protecting our planet?
The quest to discover what drove one of the most important evolutionary events in the history of life on Earth has taken a new, fascinating twist.
Climate change could heighten the risk of future outbreaks of armed conflict and civil war, a study has said.
OBE for scientist demonstrating devastating impact of plastic pollution
A leading climate scientist has been appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Hundreds of people gathered to discuss climate and environmental issues at the University of Exeter last night.
Some of the UK’s leading academics and stakeholders involved in environmental intelligence have gathered at Exeter to take part in a special event.
Exeter has declared an environment and climate emergency to support those calling for urgent action and show commitment to leading the change required.
The Committee on Climate Change has extended the deadline on a call for evidence to identify relevant published information about the risks and opportunities facing the UK from climate change.
World-leading climate change experts from the University of Exeter will give a fascinating insight into the impacts of global warming when they appear on a hard-hitting BBC documentary.
Tests of Europe’s rivers and canals have revealed more than 100 pesticides – including 24 that are not licensed for use in the EU.
Exeter experts give insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices on award-winning series
University of Exeter experts will give a fascinating insight into environmental impacts of modern-day lifestyle choices when they appear on the BBC’s latest Blue Planet UK series.
The Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in the summer in the next 20 years due to a natural, long-term warming phase in the tropical Pacific that adds to human-caused warming, according to a new study.
Pioneers on reducing plastic waste, backed by £1 million of government funding, are seeking to revolutionise the way the south west produce, recycle and utilise plastics.
The University of Exeter has received a major funding boost to lead pioneering new research into using Artificial Intelligence to increase society’s resilience to changes in our environment.
One of the world’s foremost experts in microplastics research has backed calls for a bold new national policy framework to help reduce the amount of ocean plastic pollution.
Experts from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) will spearhead two pioneering new research projects that aim to boost local resilience to the devastating effects of natural disasters across South East Asia.
The quest for climate scientists to be able to bridge the gap between shorter-term seasonal forecasts and long-term climate projections is ‘coming of age’, a study shows.
People’s love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.
A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats.
The latest climate models and observations offer unprecedented opportunities to reduce the remaining uncertainties in future climate change, according to a new study.
£1 million circular economy research hub at the University of Exeter to re-think plastics production and use
The University of Exeter has been awarded £1 million to create a new centre to tackle the use of plastic and plastic waste.
Pioneering new research on major environmental issues, led by scientists from the University of Exeter, have received a major funding boost, it has been announced.
What will happen if humanity fails to limit global warming to 1.5°C?
Research conducted by Exeter experts has been recognised amongst the top 100 influential in 2018.
A team of researchers has won two prestigious awards for the impact of work highlighting the presence, and potential impacts, of microplastics in our oceans.
Climate change must no longer be viewed as a “tragedy of the commons”, researchers say.
New research published in The Lancet medical journal shows that rising temperatures as a result of climate change are already exposing us to an unacceptably high health risk. It warns, for the first time, that older people in Europe and the East Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable to extremes of heat, markedly higher than in Africa and SE Asia.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Climate change could lead to threefold increase in storms that bring flooding to Europe and North America, research shows
Powerful storms that cause extreme weather conditions such as flooding across Europe and North America could increase threefold by the end of the 21st century.
3D gaming technology is being used by a team from the University of Exeter to take students and researchers on virtual field trips to the Arctic Circle.
4,000 tons of microbeads no longer released into ocean after pioneering plastics research
A top scientist who helped discover the Higgs Boson particle and worked extensively on the Large Hadron Collider will speak at Exeter Phoenix this Thursday (27 September).
A time-honoured theory into why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve over billions of years has been given a new, innovative twist.
Giving people information about how much gas or electricity their neighbours use encourages them to use less energy, research shows.
Trying to tackle climate change by replacing forests with crops for bioenergy power stations could increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
How can our planet and its people flourish as the human population reaches an estimated 9-11 billion?
The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows.
Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, new research suggests.
First of its kind Joint Centre in Hong Kong
There is a growing movement in Galapagos to drastically reduce marine plastic pollution with the aim, one day, of having a plastic-free Galapagos Marine Reserve.
Warmer springs create a “mismatch” where hungry chicks hatch too late to feast on abundant caterpillars, new research shows.
Artificially altering the climate system to limit global warming to 1.5C could increase the risks of wildfires in some areas, new research suggests.
Weather extremes caused by climate change could raise the risk of food shortages in many countries, new research suggests.
Temperature fluctuations that are amplified by climate change will hit the world’s poorest countries hardest, new research suggests.
A major study into an ancient climate change event that affected a significant percentage of Earth’s oceans has brought into sharp focus a lesser-known villain in global warming: oxygen depletion.
An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published in Nature Climate Change.
Some impacts of global warming – such as sea level rise and coastal flooding – are already locked in and unavoidable, according to a major research project.
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts, research suggests.
The quest to discover what drove the last, long-term global climate shift on Earth, which took place around a million years ago, has taken a new, revealing twist.
Efforts to protect tropical forests in Southeast Asia for the carbon they store may fail because protection payments are too low, according to new research.
Uncertainty surrounding the extent of future climate change could be dramatically reduced by studying year-on-year global temperature fluctuations, new research has shown.
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels have risen again after a three year hiatus, according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project (GCP).
Pioneering research from the University of Exeter has helped shape the Government’s new blueprint to improve the natural environment.
“Grossly unfair” farm subsidies should be replaced with a new system, a University of Exeter expert has told the government.
University of Exeter expert working as part of global team to promote human and environmental health
A University of Exeter expert has been appointed to a high powered, internationally prominent group of global government and business leaders working to show the connection between economic policy, human health and environmental change.