Climate Exp0 was the first conference organised by the COP26 Universities Network and ‘Rete delle Universita’ per lo sviluppo Sostenibile (Italian University Network for Sustainable Development), sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press and All4Climate Italy 2021, with support from UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021. It took place on 17–21 May 2021.

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Dr Hector U. Levatti, London Southbank University

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

It has been demonstrated that directly or indirectly climate change kills people and extinguishes species on our planet. Since this is a global problem that involves all of us and requires coordinated action to tackle it, the response must be global.

Society and governments have been denying this problem for decades and now we are late to stop the problem. However, the only way to minimise the impact of climate change is to act immediately.

A change of mindset is necessary for society to produce the necessary changes. An important part of this…

Nadia Jogee, Deanna Coleman

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

For many students, travel is unavoidable. It allows for a more diverse education, fosters collaboration and enables capacity building across the globe. Yet, in a world where we have a social responsibility to minimise our carbon footprint, pressure is mounting for a change in how we travel. The St. Andrew’s Forest, a soon to be 50 square mile area of new forest, is allowing students at The University of St. Andrews to take carbon offsetting into their own hands. The Forest is the brainchild of Deanna Coleman, winner of the Enterprising Mind of the Year Award…

Dimitri Zenghelis, University of Cambridge

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Managing public finances well reduces vulnerability to future debt crises, especially if interest rates rise or growth disappoints. The unprecedented government response to the global pandemic and the need for public investment to boost productive capacity has raised concerns about fiscal space as public debt relative to output reaches historic highs. It has also rekindled fears of the return of inflation, in an environment of record broad money supply growth and surplus liquidity.

Yet despite all this, the risks from higher public debt still do not outweigh the benefits. There are growing opportunities associated with…

Herbie Bradley, Arduin Findeis, Katherine Green, Yilin Li, Simon Mathis and Simon Thomas

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Habitat fragmentation occurs when large animal habitats are broken up into smaller areas, such as a road being built through a forest. This breaking up of habitats can impact biodiversity by preventing the movement of certain species between habitats. However, how this habitat fragmentation occurs and the effects it has on biodiversity are not fully understood and have been widely debated.

Current methods for calculating fragmentation metrics exist in the field of landscape ecology and involve the calculation of landscape or patch metrics from land cover maps…

Anita Shepherd, University of Aberdeen

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

At the University of Aberdeen, Astley Hastings and myself have published several papers on projections for bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus. I have travelled across England looking at commercial crops from Worcester to Norfolk and what I have discovered is that our commercial miscanthus are robust bioenergy crops against weather events, they sequester soil carbon on low grade agricultural land, and have a ready market of small power stations to use them.

The key why miscanthus is so sustainable lies in its ability at end of season to reabsorb its nutrients into the rhizome for…

Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hubs

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Collaboration and interdisciplinarity is key to achieving the green recovery we desire. At Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, our researchers have brought about positive change by working with industry, and through the innovative use of interdisciplinary methods.

Dr Chris Town, a computer scientist and research fellow at Wolfson, was inspired by the work of marine biologists studying manta rays. The marine biologists were painstakingly going through thousands of images to manually identify individual mantas, so Dr Town developed a pattern matching algorithm to automate the task. With the help of the MantaMatcher algorithm, we now…

Dr Fernando Barrio and Angela Mutsotso, Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

On 12 December 2015, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, a historical achievement and a turning point for global climate action; 196 State parties reached a consensus to take urgent and decisive steps necessary to keep the rise on global temperature to well below 2°C (3.6° F) and ideally to limit the increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F) in relation to the pre-industrial period (1850–1900).

This agreement should be understood in the context of the long…

Thomas Lützkendorf, Maria Balouktsi and Rolf Frischknecht

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Climate Exp0 impressively showed the intensity and diversity of efforts to secure the natural basis of life for the future by reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. There are many initiatives in a wide variety of fields of action, declarations of intention and proposed solutions. To ensure that this is going in the right direction, it is necessary to quantify and monitor the efforts and the success of reducing environmental impacts. This applies to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts which threaten life on earth. To this end, the provision and use of…

Tatiana Bruce da Silva, Bizibrains Okpeh

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

While greenhouse gas emissions may be nationalised, the devastating effect of climate change is universal. It ensures unequal suffering around the world, with developing countries bearing a greater burden of the damaging impacts of increasing global warming. To rid the global atmosphere of greenhouse gases, we need mitigation solutions, effective, efficient, and sustainable technologies.

Meet Tatiana Bruce da Silva

One of the many renowned researchers who are creatively innovating new ways to combat climate change is Tatiana Bruce da Silva. Born in Pernambuco, a state in one of the poorest regions in the Northeastern…

Climate Exp0

Climate Exp0 was the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).

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