New Living on a Changing Planet podcast series launched to unite climate change and mental health

Living on a Changing Planet is a new podcast series exploring people's emotional responses to climate change. Produced by Carter Powis (SoGE doctoral researcher and climate scientist), and Patrick Kennedy-Williams (a clinical psychologist), together they tackle the topic that's been missing from the climate conversation: whether you're an energy worker who's facing the loss of your job and ability to provide for your family, a youth activist afraid of what the future holds, or a nature-lover grieving the rapid ongoing destruction of our biosphere - how do you learn to live with it?

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How to talk to your family and friends about the new IPCC report - five tips from climate change communication research

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report is a sobering read, which some describe as a "final warning" from scientists. It's important that people who already know about climate change and treat it seriously take proactive steps to speak with others about IPCC reports and climate change more generally. In an article for The Conversation, Josh Ettinger, doctoral candidate at SoGE, examines how to promote successful climate discussions among diverse groups of people.

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UK life expectancy growing at slower rate than rest of G7, research shows

Life expectancy in the UK has grown at a slower rate than comparable countries over the past seven decades, according to researchers from Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, who say this is the result of widening inequality. [The Guardian and coverage elsewhere]

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SoGE to present new research at the 2023 AAG Annual Meeting

Researchers and students from across the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) will present their research as part of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2023. The international conference which will be held between 23 - 27 March, attracts geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other disciplinary experts who share and discuss the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.

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University of Oxford makes joint appointment of Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering and ZERO Institute Director

Professor Paul Shearing will lead the new Zero-carbon Energy Research Oxford (ZERO) Institute and bring extensive experience in electrochemical engineering to the University's response to the urgent need for system level change in the energy sector. The ZERO Institute was launched by the Departments of Engineering Science, Materials, and Geography and the Environment in 2022.

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'Rivers in the sky' shape African climate - research

Deep valleys contain airborne 'rivers in the sky' and help to create arid conditions in East Africa, according to new research from the University of Oxford and the UK's Met Office. Published in Nature, the study uncovers how east-west river valleys direct millions of tonnes of water vapour from the Indian Ocean away from East Africa and towards the Congo rainforest, and, in doing so, limit East African rainfall.

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Scientists solve mystery of salt deserts' honeycomb patterns

Salt deserts are among the most extreme and inhospitable places on the planet and their bizarre and other-worldly polygon-shaped structures attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Now a team involving researchers at Nottingham Trent University, TU Graz in Austria and Professor Giles Wiggs, Professor of Aeolian Geomorphology at SoGE, has been able to explain the origin of these patterns and their iconic shape and size.

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New study identifies key success factors for large carnivore rewilding efforts

Research led by SoGE alumnus Seth Thomas and embarked on whilst studying on the School's MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management programme, has identified the top factors that determine whether efforts to relocate large carnivores to different areas are successful or not. The findings could support global rewilding efforts, from lynx reintroductions in the UK to efforts to restore logged tropical forests.

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