$5 trillion in nature-related global economic risks will amplify climate change

Shocks to the global economy related to biodiversity loss and ecosystem damage could cost upwards of $5 trillion.  Human-driven pollution, deforestation, land-use change and overextraction, are fundamentally eroding the natural capital upon which our societies and economies are built – including our water, clean air, fertile soils and pollinators – and act as ‘risk amplifiers’ on the impacts of climate change. 

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A career surrounded by great people, with great intellect, doing great research

After forty years at the coalface of the energy industry and 16 years leading the Energy Research programme and teaching students at the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford, Professor Nick Eyre is stepping aside. For an accidental academic who ‘scraped into a place at Oxford’ as an undergrad, he’s carved out quite a career and during that time witnessed some impressive advances in energy sustainability. 
Nick explains why he has great hopes for the future and the world his grandchildren will grow up in.

Professor Nick Eyre

Successful Symposium Merges Natural and Cultural Heritage Perspectives

The second ‘Sites at the Intersection of Natural and Cultural Heritage’ (SXNCH) symposium was held in SoGE on 1 December and was a great success, drawing both in-person and virtual participation. This innovative event brought together academics and professionals from a variety of sectors from the UK and internationally, with approximately 50 in-person and 90 online attendees.

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Rising numbers of people found long after death in England and Wales - study

Cases in which body is found decomposed have been steadily increasing since 1980, researchers say. Growing numbers of people in England and Wales are being found so long after they have died that their body has decomposed, in a shocking trend linked to austerity and social isolation. A new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine by a team of researchers including Prof Danny Dorling has been featured in The Guardian.

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The Blenheim-Oxford Partnership: Partnering on high-tech heritage restoration

Blenheim Palace and the University of Oxford are partnering on a data-led approach to restoring the three-hundred-year-old building. Built to celebrate the Duke of Marlborough's 1704 victory at the Battle of Blenheim, the eponymous Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire requires a major programme of restoration work. However, rather than just replacing individual stones that have failed, the Built Heritage Team at the Palace want to find out precisely why certain stones crack or flake, and others do not. To delve deeper into how the building performs, and so that it can prioritise where restoration budget is efficiently spent, the team has partnered with experts at the University of Oxford.

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