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14 July 2022

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The Neptune Dress

A unique two-piece dress has been designed and made by Cecilia Mary Robson, Lead Designer at TeX Innovation, Portreath. TeX Innovation is a textile recycling business currently repurposing textile waste from some of the 300 textile businesses trading in Cornwall. 

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18 May 2022

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New Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence encourages green innovation and diversity in entrepreneurship

The University of Exeter is delighted to welcome a new Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, Susannah McClintock. During her time with us, Susannah will be working on a new Green Futures Accelerator at the University and will champion diversity in entrepreneurship.

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9 February 2022

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Arca helps Cornish Businesses Transition to a Circular Economy

Arca – Italian for ark – is a new research project aimed at accelerating circular skills for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

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18 January 2022

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Polluting cooking fuels will risk health past 2030

New evidence predicts that more than one in three people worldwide will still mainly be using polluting cooking fuels and technologies in 2030, despite being a significant source of disease and environmental destruction. 

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24 November 2021

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Marine-i project is helping to create Cornwall’s marine industries of the future

Marine-i is a pioneering business support programme between the University of Exeter and five Project Partners that has been designed to foster innovation in the marine technology sector in Cornwall. “Our goal is to help put Cornwall at the forefront of the marine tech industries of the future,” says Professor Lars Johanning,…

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11 November 2021

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New Handbook to Help Prescribe Nature for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks to a new handbook.

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10 November 2021

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Coastal Living Benefits from Exeter University Research Highlighted in UK Chief Medical Officer’s Report

Research on the health benefits of coastal living will be highlighted to Government after University of Exeter experts authored a chapter for the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. The academics warn that these benefits must not be taken for granted in the face of mounting environmental and social pressures.

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9 November 2021

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Encyclopaedia Chapter will Aid UN Goal on Improving Ocean Sustainability

The University of Exeter has led a collaboration to define the term “Oceans and Human Health” for a new Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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8 November 2021

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Exeter Academics Author WHO “Call to Action” on Nature, Biodiversity and Health

The multitude of ways in which the natural environment and human health are inextricably linked have been outlined in a document designed to help individuals and organisations across the 53 member states of the WHO European Region make evidence-based decisions.

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3 November 2021

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NetZeroPlus: When Science Meets Economics

The NetZeroPlus project is helping the UK reach its net zero 2050 climate target. By producing evidence-based research, the NetZeroPlus team aim to show how planting trees removes greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, while also providing additional benefits. These include enhanced biodiversity, water quality, leisure, and health.

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1 November 2021

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Protecting Health and Wellbeing by Anticipating Local Climate Change

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) – in partnership with Cornwall Council and a wide range of local stakeholders – is developing a tool to help local decision-makers adapt to climate change, by measuring the impact of climate interventions on population health.

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21 October 2021

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Tevi: Protecting the Natural Environment One Business at a Time

Tevi (the Cornish word for ‘grow’) is a unique EU funded venture which aims to create economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Marine Weather from Space

14 June 2021

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Marine-i: Space Data Project Enters New Discovery Phase

A new project aims to bring the precision of space data to renewable energy development and, by reducing various risks, costs and carbon emissions, help the UK quadruple its offshore wind capacity by 2030. The innovative space data project is now underway, bringing together collaboration and expertise from Marine-i, 4 Earth Intelligence…

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8 March 2021

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Secure Life Cycle Assessment in Complex Supply Chains

The environmental impact of our consumer products has become an increasingly important factor in our buying decisions but how do you balance researching companies’ ecological footprint with the protection of confidential data?

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3 February 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Protecting marine biodiversity around the world

University of Exeter research has the protection of marine biodiversity across the world. Researchers at the University of Exeter, along with international collaborators, explored the status, distribution and behaviour of marine vertebrate species which were of commercial or conservational importance.

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4 December 2020

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Shaping a global response to antimicrobial resistance

Research conducted by Dr Anne Leonard and Professor Will Gaze at the University of Exeter has shaped the global understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and has influenced government and WHO strategies in tackling one of the world’s biggest environmental threats.

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9 November 2020

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Evolution of antibiotic resistance in the environment

Research conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca revealed that low concentrations of antibiotics in the environment could be contributing to the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

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19 October 2020

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Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in our waters

From streams and lakes, to rivers and oceans, antibiotics are making their way into our waters in ever greater concentrations, increasing antibiotic resistance and risking a rise in deadly superbugs.

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16 October 2020

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Economics and the environment

PhD student Ben Balmford looks at the economics of the environment.

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13 May 2020

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Diversifying traditional agriculture with Trelonk Oils

Trelonk’s new Tevi-funded oil seed press represents a move away from traditional agriculture and a drive for diversification and environmental growth.

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10 June 2018

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St Aubyn Estates develop new CSR and sustainability policies

Estate management enterprise St Aubyn Estates developed clearly defined corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability policies by working with the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). These policies enabled St Aubyn Estates to demonstrate their green credentials to partners and customers, as well as keep better track of its energy…

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22 November 2016

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Statistical climatology

Professor David B. Stephenson is Director of the Exeter Climate Systems (XCS) research centre, and based within the Mathematics department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Since 1989, he has published more than 100 well-cited papers and a leading book on forecast verification. He has also developed successful partnerships…

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26 October 2016

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A new approach to sustainable fisheries

This new approach to sustainable fishing ensures fish and other seafood are being sustainably caught with minimal damage to the marine environment. University of Exeter academics and students have been working with a new community interest company to develop an alternative approach to supplying sustainable fish. Sole of Discretion works with fishers who…

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30 June 2016

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Bird brained behaviour: Cognition and personality in wild pheasants

Professor Joah Madden studies pheasants. This is a bird frequently seen in the British countryside. How many of us have driven down a country lane for what feels like miles, with a pheasant zig-zagging a few feet in front of the car’s wheels? The pheasant veers towards the verge, but at the last…

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15 April 2016

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Using social media to track extreme weather events

Biosciences researchers are using data from social media to find out about the impact climate change has on people’s lives. Systems Ecology lecturer Dr Hywel Williams explains more in this video. Many people share posts and comments via social media on a daily basis, and this ever-growing bank of social information is now being…

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14 April 2016

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How plastics are entering the food chain

Vast amounts of plastic waste are thrown into the oceans every year, what would it mean if this plastic could, and was entering the food chain? Professor Tamara Galloway in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, whose research focuses on marine pollution, has been exploring this question through her Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded…

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13 April 2016

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Minimising air travel disruptions during volcanic eruptions

New measurement systems for volcanic ash developed by Professor Jim Haywood prevent air space closures in the event of a volcano.

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4 November 2015

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Researcher in focus: Professor Juliet Osborne

The presence of bees and other insects is vital to the pollination of crops and the maintenance of our ecosystem. Professor Juliet Osborne, Chair of Applied Ecology in the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), looks at how insects and plants interact within the environment and their role in the provision of ecosystem services. The…

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23 September 2015

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What effects do microplastics have on the food chain?

When it comes to plastic waste in the ocean, how much is too much? Professor Tamara Galloway has been researching the effects of microplastics on marine wildlife and how ingestion of these objects by some of the smallest creatures in the ocean can have implications for the rest of the food chain. Professor Galloway,…

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6 May 2015

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The secret lives of snails

Understanding how a potentially fatal parasite, lungworm, is spread to household pets could be improved thanks to a recent study from the University of Exeter’s Dr David Hodgson, Associate Professor of Ecology. The survey revealed the movements of snails, which carry lungworm, across British gardens, demonstrating the growing threat of the parasite…

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15 December 2014

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Climate research influences policy and debate

Research conducted at the University of Exeter has altered the framework for climate change discussion, informed government debate and influenced policy.

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