News archive 2022
Emeritus Professor Des Walling, Department of Geography, has had a virtual special issue of the International Journal Hydrological Processes published in his honour to mark and to celebrate his outstanding contribution to the understanding of fine sediment in river catchments over the last 50 years.
Research reveals “negative feedback” loop between warming and net exchange of carbon caused by erosion
In the study of human impact on the environment, there are few negative or stabilising feedbacks on climate change.
A new project is set to shed light on the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon and heat from the Earth’s atmosphere, by capturing movements deep beneath the ocean’s surface for the first time.
A University of Exeter expert will provide key evidence to a cross-party committee of MPs in its inquiry into species re-introduction across the UK.
Three “super-leverage points” could trigger a cascade of decarbonisation in sectors covering 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report presented today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Tropical forests recovering from logging are sources of carbon for years afterwards, contrary to previous assumptions, new research shows.
Temporarily overshooting climate targets of 1.5-2°C could increase the tipping risk of several Earth system elements by more than 70%, a new risk analysis shows.
Researchers from the University of Exeter have given their views on the COP27 climate change conference.
Twenty-one researchers from the University of Exeter have been recognised as leading experts in Clarivate’s annual highly cited researchers list.
Global carbon emissions in 2022 remain at record levels – with no sign of the decrease that is urgently needed to limit warming to 1.5°C, according to the Global Carbon Project science team.
A research project that will help the UK meet its biodiversity commitments and improve understanding of the effectiveness of biodiversity policies has been awarded a £1 million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Earlier this year, an IPCC report found that the majority of all adaptation actions (changes humans will need to make in response to climate change) are water-related.
Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency”, according to an international coalition of researchers.
Oxygen levels in the Earth’s atmosphere are likely to have “fluctuated wildly” one billion years ago, creating conditions that could have accelerated the development of early animal life, according to new research.
With massive international focus on rainforests, the vital importance of tropical dry forests and savannas is being overlooked, researchers say.
Natural England and the University of Exeter have announced a new strategic partnership to boost nature recovery.
The final version of the Devon Carbon Plan has been published today by the Devon Climate Emergency partnership.
Efforts to activate "positive tipping points" to tackle the climate crisis have been boosted by a £1 million (US$1.15m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund.
Scientists have used centuries-old clam shells to see how the North Atlantic climate system reached a "tipping point" before the Little Ice Age.
Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis.
World-renowned experts will discuss the power of "positive tipping points" to tackle the climate crisis at the University of Exeter next week.
Analysing the charred remains of plants can confirm the locations of asteroid strikes in the distant past, new research shows.
Community growing schemes and mapping empty housing identified as key sustainability goals for Cornwall
Supporting community growing schemes and mapping unused properties to house local people have been identified as sustainability goals for the coming year by community leaders across Cornwall, according to a new report.
Growth of the Amazon rainforest in our increasingly carbon-rich atmosphere could be limited by a lack of phosphorus in the soil, new research shows.
Experts will meet next month to discuss catastrophic climate "tipping points" – and the power of positive tipping points to avert the climate crisis.
Global heating could become “catastrophic” for humanity if temperature rises are worse than many predict or cause cascades of events we have yet to consider, or indeed both. The world needs to start preparing for the possibility of a “climate endgame”.
University of Exeter researchers have paid tribute to scientist James Lovelock, who has died aged 103.
A new "resilience sensing system" can identify ecosystems that are in danger of collapse, research shows.
A new carbon capture project could pave the way for large-scale removal of carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere using the ocean.
Giving Living Wage Town status to Penzance would help improve the local economy and the reputation of the area, new research shows.
Climate change will increase chances of wildfire globally – but humans can still help reduce the risk
New research highlights how the risk of wildfire is rising globally due to climate change – but also, how human actions and policies can play a critical role in regulating regional impacts.
Investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about our reserves of “natural capital” should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda, a new report suggests.
An audience at the Glastonbury Festival has heard how people power can tackle the climate crisis.
Festivalgoers can learn about climate change, space travel, plant power and much more at Glastonbury's new Science Futures area.
A new "Talking Deck" will help shape conversations at an Exeter wellbeing hub.
Climate change debates on Reddit don't happen in polarised "echo chambers", new research suggests.
New study maps financial ownership of more than $1 trillion of the fossil fuel industry’s projected ‘stranded asset’ losses due to low-carbon transition
Driven by technological, societal and political change, renewable energy technologies are progressively replacing fossil fuels.
Tackling the climate crisis can only be achieved by "placing people at the heart of climate action", researchers say.
Much of the "excess heat" stored in the subtropical North Atlantic is in the deep ocean (below 700m), new research suggests.
Two professors at the University of Exeter have received prestigious awards from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
A natural habitat's ability to withstand and recover from damage can be empirically monitored from space.
The origin of complex cells started without oxygen, new research suggests.
Seawater samples taken from a surfboard have helped scientists understand microscopic life in the waves, new research shows.
A five-year, £3.7m research project involving scientists from the UK and across Europe will assess the risk that climate change poses to peatlands, and improve methods of managing these important ecosystems.
University of Exeter researchers have commented on the new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Devon residents have one final chance to give their views on the Devon Carbon Plan before its publication this summer.
The Amazon rainforest is becoming less resilient – raising the risk of widespread dieback, new research shows.
The University of Exeter and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have signed an agreement to jointly investigate climate change tipping points.
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the need stop carbon emissions and adapt to "unavoidable risks", according to one of its Lead Authors.
The Breakthrough Agenda agreed at COP26 could help trigger positive tipping points to tackle the climate crisis, researchers say.
UK councils are being urged to sign a "motion for the ocean" – pledging to engage with citizens to promote ocean recovery.
The UK’s journey to net zero by 2050 is set to be bolstered by the social sciences, thanks to a major new investment from ESRC.
Global warming of 4°C by 2100 still cannot be ruled out, according to experts whose work informed a new UK government report.
Countries where people have more trust in each other have been more successful in bringing down waves of coronavirus cases and deaths, a new study shows.
Logging affects many of the world’s tropical forests, and such forests are often considered degraded because they have lost vegetation structure, biomass and carbon stocks.
Scientists on a research vessel in Antarctica watched the front of a glacier disintegrate and their measurements “went off the scale”.
The University of Exeter and collaborators have recently been awarded £14 million for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research – widely acknowledged as the “next global pandemic”