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LGBTQ history month: celebrating queer memory in our cities

Cities are like archives. Through their architecture, street names, monuments, plaques and cultural heritage sites, we learn about what remains of the past. But who is remembered in public spaces, and who is kept forgotten? Dr Ammar Azzouz, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, explores the issue in an article for The Conversation.

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Green space vital to student wellbeing during COVID-19 pandemic

Research led by Dr Anaïs Lemyre from the School of Geography and the Environment, showed that access to green space played an important part in protecting the mental wellbeing of students when the country was in its third national COVID-19 lockdown.

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SoGE climate research in the Kalahari Desert: the KAPEX field campaign

The Kalahari is warming at over twice the global rate, with climate projections indicating a gradual drying of the Kalahari, leading to more intense droughts. These trends present a profound threat to communities who have lived there for millennia and to the unique desert ecosystems. Over Christmas and New Year, a team of researchers from SoGE and University of Cape Town travelled to the Kalahari to retrieve some of the first detailed atmospheric observations from inside the Kalahari Desert in a bid to understand these troublesome climate trends.

SoGE climate research in the Kalahari Desert: the KAPEX field campaign
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Oxford scientists launch ambitious roadmap for a circular carbon plastics economy

Researchers from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics, including Prof Richard Bailey, Professor of Environmental Systems, and researchers from the Smith School, have outlined ambitious targets to help deliver a sustainable and net zero plastic economy. In a paper published this week in Nature, the authors argue for a rethinking of the technical, economic, and policy paradigms that have entrenched the status-quo, one of rising carbon emissions and uncontrolled pollution.

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Urgent call for UK Government to develop a heat resilience strategy

A new Parliamentary report spearheaded by Oxford University researchers, including Dr Radhika Khosla of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, has urged the UK Government to introduce a national heat resilience strategy to prepare the UK for the widespread impacts of a warming world.

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Is the UK prepared for more floods?

Prof Louise Slater, Professor of Hydroclimatology, and Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell, a teaching associate, in the School of Geography and the Environment are among an expert panel on BBC Radio 4 - The Briefing Room discussing: What is the state of the country’s flood defences? Can people get insurance? What can we do to prepare for a wetter future?

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Is Britain sicker than a decade ago?

The number of people being signed off sick from work has tripled in the past decade. But will the government do anything about it? Lucinda Hiam, Current DPhil student in SoGE, and Michael Marmot, Director of UCL Institute of Health Equity, explore the issue in Prospect.

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Dr Linda Speight interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Inside Science programme on 'Understanding Flood Forecasting'

Many people across the UK have been affected by the current floods, and are very familiar with the flood warning system accessible to the public. But how exactly does this system work? What information is taken into account? Marnie Chesterton speaks to Dr Linda Speight on BBC Radio 4 Inside Science about flood forecasting, and the delicate balance of when to send out flood alerts and warnings.

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