Stories

Ideas, insights and proposals from the Cambridge Zero network on advancing a zero-carbon world.
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Photo by Federico Beccari on Unsplash
Cambridge Cleantech are supporting climate-positive businesses in this difficult period through online support programmes on topics such as access to finance, new grant funding schemes and contract opportunities with corporates.
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Part of a wall in the centre of Singapore, made out of plastic waste. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash.
COVID-19 has led to a resurgence in plastic use across society, from PPE to the likes of Starbucks no longer accepting reusable cups. At CirPlas, there is hope that this plastic renaissance will inspire more holistic thinking about plastics and their lifecycle.
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Pathway through the trees
As part of the University of Cambridge's membership in the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC), we are co-hosting an upcoming conference on the 'Pathways to Net Zero Emissions', with a public event on 16 September 2020.
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Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash
This autumn, Cambridge Zero is offering four paid internships for PhD students or recent PhD graduates through the Living Laboratory: Policy, Media and Engagement, Environmental Impact and Research Travel. Find out more about them and how to apply here.
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Cambridge Zero - First Six Months
Cambridge Zero aims to bring together the collective expertise of the University to offer integrated, holistic and practical solutions to climate change and to bring these developments to bear at international, national and local levels. See what the project has achieved during its first six months.
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Wildfire - Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash
We’ve seen searing heat in the Arctic over recent weeks along with the most intense wildfires ever recorded in Siberia. Why is this happening and what does it mean for the future? Are these effects of climate change? Dr Emma Boland and Dr Alison Ming discuss their findings here.
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No 10 Downing Street -Photo by Jordhan Madec on Unsplash
Eliot Whittington, Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Corporate Leaders Groups, presents an open letter signed by CEOs from across the economy, representing more than 200 leading UK businesses, investors and business networks.
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Man mixing a chemistry flask - Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash
Dr Cristina Peñasco, a Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Centre Fellow at C-EENRG, discusses how R&D public funding programs can support economic progress.
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Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
The annual Carbon Challenge Competition brings together teams of students and staff to come up with ideas that address the climate challenge in practical ways. Announcing our 2020 winners in 'Gamifying Decarbonisation': Team FoodIE.
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Suffolk nature reserve - Photo by Julian Simpson on Unsplash
Why are peatlands so important to everyone in the UK, not just those who live in the Fens? Peter Landshoff, founder of the Cam Catchment Partnership and Natural Cambridgeshire Forum, looks at what we can do to save this important ecosystem.
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Energy R&D - Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash
Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at C-EENRG, describes how increased and well-targeted R&D investment will foster the energy transition and a more sustainable economy.
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Happy people - Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior Advisor for the Wealth Economy Project at the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, outlines how a coordinated and ambitious transition to net zero emissions can significantly contribute to a strong, sustainable, inclusive and resilient green COVID-19 recovery.  
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Looking into a carbon-neutral future - Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash
Eliot Whittington, Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Corporate Leaders Groups, discusses the impacts of major megatrends - such as climate change - on Europe’s labour market in the context of the continent’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
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Green growth - Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
David Newbery, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge, outlines how a National Infrastructure Bank charged to put us on a Net Zero path may be the best way of delivering both short and long-term stimulus. 
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Green energy jobs
Can we shape a national and global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in a way that supports the response to climate change and other environmental threats? Dr Emily Shuckburgh presents a green COVID-19 recovery government briefing from the COP26 Universities Network.
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Student training other students - Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash
Are you passionate about climate action? Want to educate others on what the future holds and how we can act? We are launching the Cambridge Carbon Literacy Project, and looking for our first student trainers. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain educational experience as well as formal qualifications.
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Students at the University of Cambridge Primary School create a climate-themed art project.
Last term, Cambridge Zero worked with students from the University of Cambridge Primary School to create an interactive and positive climate-themed art project. ‘Agents for Change’ helps bring to life how the world can change based on different actions we take.