Tag Archives: Oxford University

HydRegen Enables Cleaner Chemicals For A Greener Planet

The ECOreport reposts news from the UK, HydRegen Enables Cleaner Chemicals For A Greener Planet

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

By Lanisha Butterfield

In today’s political climate, science’s value to society is under threat and consistently questioned.

Yet in our everyday lives we reap the rewards of research without even realising it. Take chemistry, for instance. From the flavourings in the food we eat, to the fragrances we wear and the life-saving pharmaceutical drugs that we rely on, the field has a phenomenal impact on the world at large. But this impact often comes with a financial and environmental price attached.

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Reindeer Starvations Linked With Retreating Sea Ice

The ECOreport reposts news of another species impacted by Climate Change, Reindeer Starvations Linked With Retreating Sea Ice

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

Tens of thousands of reindeer are starving to death because heavy rain that later freezes is locking their winter fodder in a thick ice crust. This rising mortality rate also threatens an ancient nomadic culture that depends on the reindeer, says a new study.

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Are Infrastructure Upgrades The Way Out Of Poverty?

The ECOreport reposts a press release that asks: Are Infrastructure upgrades the way out of poverty?

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

Revamps, such as surfacing roads and joining them to the city grid, dramatically push up prices of the adjoining land and properties, says the study to be published in the journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto measured how households who owned property in the upgraded roads were also allowed to spend more on credit so they could buy items for the home or cars that made them better off.

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Greening Commercial Leases

The ECOreport reposts the story of a growing trend in Australia & the UK: Greening of Commercial Leases

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

New opportunities to fight climate change in these properties are coming from an unlikely source: the commercial property lease. A new study finds that more than 60% of all leases signed in Sydney’s central business district contain ‘green’ clauses, a fourfold increase over five years since 2009.

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Wild Birds Will Sacrifice Food For Their Mates

An Oxford study found that wild birds will sacrifice food for their mates & accommodate the needs of those they are socially attached to

Originally Published on University of Oxford News

Wild birds will sacrifice access to food in order to stay close to their partner over the winter, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.

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Climate Change Does Not Cause Every Drought

University of Oxford researchers found that Climate Change Does Not Cause Every Drought, in fact two of the three they studied originated from other factors. 

Press Release from University of Oxford

Human-induced climate change plays a clear and significant role in some extreme weather events but understanding the other risks at a local level is also important, highlights a collection of research studies published today. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society’s annual special report, Explaining Extreme Events of 2014 from a Climate Perspective, investigates the causes of a wide variety of extreme weather and climate events from around the world, including three studies involving Oxford researchers that examine serious droughts in Brazil, East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. While there was a clear influence of human-induced climate change being responsible on the failing rains in the Levant region, a fingerprint of human activity was not detected the in the other two. In those cases, other causes of water shortages came into play due to local factors, such as increased water demand, population growth or methods used for irrigating the crops.

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Declines in animal populations disrupt the Earth’s nutrient cycle

Oxford University Study finds whales, fish, seabirds and large animals spread nutrients. Declines in animal populations disrupt the Earth’s nutrient cycle

Originally Published on University of Oxford news

A new study reveals that in the past large land animals, whales, seabirds and fish played a vital role in recycling nutrients from the ocean depths, spreading them far and wide across the globe and taking them deep inland. However, the paper says massive declines in their populations coupled with the extinction of most of Earth’s large mammals have disrupted this efficient system of recycling important nutrients, particularly phosphorous. The researchers calculate that the ability of whales and terrestrial megafauna to transport nutrients around the globe has been reduced to just 6% of their global capacity before mass extinctions and population declines. The full paper is published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Fossil Fuel Companies Gave UK Universities £134m

Fossil Fuel Companies Gave UK Universities £134m. This money funds research projects pays salaries & gives them access to the larger research culture.

Originally Published on Energydesk

By  Maeve McClenaghan

Use the map to search for your university and see how much money has been invested from which companies. Or check our database here.

Britain’s top universities have admitted taking £134m in funding from oil, gas and coal companies in the past five years – even as many move to divest themselves from the fossil fuel industry, according to a Greenpeace investigation.

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Getting the lead out of Perovskite Solar Cells

From Solar Reviews

By Chris Meehan

When people talk about solar photovoltaics, they’re usually talking about silicon PV, which has dominated the solar industry for decades, but there are a number of competing technologies out there that are trying to give traditional crystalline silicon-based PV a run for its money and one of the most promising is perovskite crystal technologies. Such technologies are becoming more competitive with silicon PV in terms of efficiency and manufacturing costs.
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