People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research.
Warming seawaters threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.
Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields and preserve peat soils, according to a new study.
A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth’s middle ages held back evolution for two billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet.
Research suggests the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.
Research has provided a fascinating insight in the quest to determine whether temperature or water availability is the most influential factor in determining the success of global, land-based carbon sinks.
Mass livestock production is driving molecular changes in diseases that could lead to human pandemics, according to an expert from the University of Exeter.
The mystery of how Father Christmas can deliver presents to 700 million children in one night, fit down the chimney and arrive without being seen or heard has been ‘solved’ by a physicist.
A University of Exeter research paper on using mobile phones to manage disease outbreaks has won a prestigious prize.
The first stage of a commuter-driven initiative designed to help reduce traffic congestion has revealed some fascinating results, organisers have said.
A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has demonstrated the vital role oceans play in the planet’s changing climate.
A ground-breaking technique which allows green spaces to be mapped in 3D from an aircraft could boost biodiversity, aid human wellbeing and even help protect rainforests.
A world-leading social scientist from the University of Exeter has been appointed to an influential global research group, designed to pioneer new ways to tackle some of today’s greatest challenges.
If people continue using and changing land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change.
A change in the patterns of tropical storms is threatening the future of the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, indicating a similar risk to other deltas around the world, new research shows.
A new analysis shows that social norms can cross tipping points faster if new behaviour is difficult for others to ignore.
Human Geography researchers from across the Geography department at the University of Exeter are presenting and sharing their research at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) in London this week.
Revellers at Green Man Festival explored the importance of water and land use management by using a range of games and information boards.
The evolution of the first land plants including mosses may explain a long-standing mystery of how Earth’s atmosphere became enriched with oxygen.
High chance that current atmospheric greenhouse concentrations commit to warmings greater than 1.5 °C
Current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations warm air temperatures overland by over 1.5°C.
The independent Committee on Climate Change today concludes that the impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK, and urgent action is required to address climate-related risks.
Rising sea-levels linked to global warming could pose a significant threat to the effectiveness of the world’s peatland areas as carbon sinks.
A University of Exeter geographer has been nominated for a prestigious national award that celebrates research that makes a difference to society.
The rising concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide has passed a symbolic threshold early due to the fastest annual increase on record.
Carbon dioxide emissions from dry and oxygen-rich environments are likely to play a much greater role in controlling future rates of climate change.
Researchers at the University of Exeter who are working on an initiative to curb traffic congestion are issuing a final call for help from commuters.
A pioneering team of international researchers have devised a ‘manifesto for fire science’ to explore the pivotal relationship that exists between mankind and fire, on a global stage.
Exeter academics have created an app which could help aid humanitarian rescue work in disaster-struck regions by using geographic data to map landscapes.
Commuters are set to become the driving force behind a new initiative designed to help reduce traffic congestion in and around Exeter.
There has been an increase in leaves on plants and trees on the Earth equivalent in area to two times the continental USA, a new study shows.
To avoid multiple climate tipping points, policy makers need to act now to stop global CO2 emissions by 2050.
BBC presenter Dr Helen Czerski and Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Dame Julia Slingo will be among the world-leading climate change experts speaking at a family-friendly festival at the University of Exeter this weekend.
About a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release each year into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean, but how it happens is still not fully understood.
Research could help scientists understand potential effects of melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Renewable, energy efficient and flexible electricity sources are being adopted by policy makers and investors across the globe and this is sign of optimism in the battle against climate change.
More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest may be globally threatened, according to a new study.
Festival of Social Science: A fascinating insight into social science and its influence on our lives
Exeter academics will be demonstrating how our research is investigating the key issues in modern day life at a series of events.
Pioneering new research sheds light on the impact of climate change on subglacial lakes found under the Greenland ice sheet.
An exhibition at a Devon gallery provides a surprising take on a traditional material.
Researchers from the University of Exeter believe they have solved one of the biggest puzzles in climate science.
Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus will today welcome actors from Kenyan charity, S.A.F.E. Kenya.
University of Exeter researchers are working with a team of UK scientists to explore the use of satellites and meteorological data to monitor and forecast water quality
Crediton residents have so far provided a wealth of information about flooding vulnerabilities around the town.
Scientists from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) plan to use surfers to monitor the coastal environment.
Geoengineering of the climate may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching, according to new research.
Research published today recommends a new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability.
The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration has allowed trees across Europe to use their available water resources more efficiently, new research has shown.
A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has discovered that fewer than 200 species of Amazonian tree, barely 1%, are responsible for half of all tree growth and carbon stored in the Amazon.
Parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in providing the sands necessary to build and maintain coral reef islands.
Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing ‘smart’ technologies.
A research project which showed how enhancing water storage on peat land can improve water quality and carbon storage – as well as releasing less water during times of flooding – has won a national award.
Changes to the Earth’s oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time.
A new study has confirmed the existence of a positive feedback operating in climate change whereby warming itself may amplify a rise in greenhouse gases resulting in additional warming.
A study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, has for the first time analysed how Twitter, TV and newspapers reported the IPCC’s climate evidence.
Society should set a high carbon tax now to try and prevent climate change reaching a point of no return according to a new study.
The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
For the first time, an international research team, including a tropical forest ecologist from the University of Exeter, has provided direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazon Basin ‘inhale’ carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought.
A team at the University of Exeter is to study England’s only breeding population of wild beavers in order to understand their impact on pollution, flooding and water quality after an announcement yesterday.
Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged planet Earth.
Exeter has received a £2 million gift from The Wolfson Foundation to support the establishment of a new Living Systems Institute, which will pioneer a new approach to treating the world’s most serious diseases.