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Taking the temperature of Earth’s interior gives clues to climate changes over millions of years

Earth Sciences news - Fri, 30/04/2021 - 11:15

Geologists at the University of Cambridge have revealed how changes in our Earth’s interior can cause massive upheaval of our planet’s surface over millions of years, profoundly influencing sea levels and the sensitivity of ice sheets to climate change. Their findings, published in Nature Communications earlier this month...

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Mon 17 May 15:00: The Green Transition in Natural Resources

Upcoming Geoscience in Context Talks - Fri, 30/04/2021 - 09:13
The Green Transition in Natural Resources

Over the past century global demand for natural resources has led to unsustainable, socially-unjust and environmentally-disastrous practices of resource extraction. Now in the depths of a climate and ecological crisis, we are faced with the necessity of transitioning from a hydrocarbon-fuelled, mining-intensive society into something altogether more sustainable within the next decade. This panel discussion brings together experts from outside of the geosciences, with the aim of exploring the ramifications of a ‘green transition’ for natural resource extraction. We will discuss questions such as: can extraction ever be sustainable, to what extent are technological developments key to sustainable extraction, and how can new ways of extracting and using natural resources promote social and environmental justice?

  • Speaker: Panel discussion: Pippa Howard (Flora and Fuana International) and Andy Whitmore (London Mining Network)
  • Monday 17 May 2021, 15:00-16:00
  • Venue: Zoom.
  • Series: Geoscience in Context; organiser: Oliver Shorttle.

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Mon 17 May 15:00: The Green Transition in Natural Resources

Earth Sciences talks - Fri, 30/04/2021 - 09:13
The Green Transition in Natural Resources

Over the past century global demand for natural resources has led to unsustainable, socially-unjust and environmentally-disastrous practices of resource extraction. Now in the depths of a climate and ecological crisis, we are faced with the necessity of transitioning from a hydrocarbon-fuelled, mining-intensive society into something altogether more sustainable within the next decade. This panel discussion brings together experts from outside of the geosciences, with the aim of exploring the ramifications of a ‘green transition’ for natural resource extraction. We will discuss questions such as: can extraction ever be sustainable, to what extent are technological developments key to sustainable extraction, and how can new ways of extracting and using natural resources promote social and environmental justice?

  • Speaker: Panel discussion: Pippa Howard (Flora and Fuana International) and Andy Whitmore (London Mining Network)
  • Monday 17 May 2021, 15:00-16:00
  • Venue: Zoom.
  • Series: Geoscience in Context; organiser: Oliver Shorttle.

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Cambridge student helps Colleges switch to sustainable takeaway

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 11:18

The market for takeaway food delivery has grown dramatically in recent decades, however an unwanted side effect is the increased waste generation and pollution from single-use disposable food containers. One study has estimated that a staggering 2 billion single-use takeaway containers are used every year in the European...

Cycling, scooters and autonomous vehicles: April transport update

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 10:54

Let’s Talk Transport Our Let’s Talk Transport campaign has got off to a fantastic start with over 100 of you signing up to be involved in the campaign so far. For those of you who haven’t yet signed up, don’t worry you haven’t missed the boat! May will see the first of our events associated with the campaign, kicking off...

Dr Ed Tipper receives Pilkington Prize for teaching excellence

Earth Sciences news - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 09:12

Dr Ed Tipper has been awarded the prestigious Pilkington Prize in recognition of his teaching excellence. Dr Tipper, who is Lecturer in Earth Sciences and Director of Studies at St John's, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award. There’s nothing more rewarding than managing to inspire the next generation...

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#WalkThisMay campaign and more!

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 08:27

As the days get longer and warmer it’s a good time to start building some new movement habits into your daily routine. Here at the University individuals can join a walk to the moon challenge on Strava. The campaign is being held in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week and is a fantastic opportunity to get moving...

Sustainability news from Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 07:50

This year both Cambridge Assessment (CA) and Cambridge University Press (CUP) are delighted to be taking part in the University’s Green Impact scheme . In 2020, Cambridge Assessment achieved a Silver award and three special awards so are aiming for Gold this year, with Cambridge University Press hoping for their first...

Communicating sustainability progress at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB)

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 06:45

The Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) Green Challenge team formed in the middle of 2020 and is made up of students, technical staff, researchers and management staff alike. Despite the complications of Covid-19, we’ve seen a passionate interest in taking part in Green Impact and improving the sustainability of...

Restarting a Green Team during a global pandemic

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Wed, 28/04/2021 - 08:24

Back in January 2020, when people could still meet in person, various relatively new members of staff in the Alison Richard Building (ARB) decided to restart the building’s Green Impact Team. We gathered for our first meeting and optimistically decided to aim for a Silver Award in the 2020-21 Green Impact year. While soon...

A new life for discarded bikes at St John’s College

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Tue, 27/04/2021 - 16:31

Back in 2016 St John’s College began donating cycles to Recycle Your Cycle under the coordination of one of our Senior Porters, Mark Nelligan. Recycle Your Cycle is a charity working with prisons around the UK. They provide meaningful work, and cycle maintenance training and qualifications, to support prisoners in their...

Litter-ally great to see each other!

The Cambridge Green Challenge News - Tue, 27/04/2021 - 16:20

On 13 April the University's Sustainability Team met in-person for the first time in over a year, for a litter pick! It was great to see our colleagues (and to enjoy the marvellous weather) all while making a positive impact on the local environment, with 15 bags of rubbish collected from paths, hedges and verges around...

Wed 05 May 16:00: Habitability in the Solar System

Earth Sciences talks - Mon, 26/04/2021 - 13:55
Habitability in the Solar System

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Earth Sciences talks - Mon, 26/04/2021 - 11:08
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Earth Sciences talks - Mon, 26/04/2021 - 11:07
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Fri 28 May 16:00: Title to be confirmed

Earth Sciences talks - Mon, 26/04/2021 - 11:05
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Fri 21 May 16:00: Title to be confirmed

Earth Sciences talks - Mon, 26/04/2021 - 11:04
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