NEW BOOK: “Nature in the Balance”

Nature in balance book cover, array of butterflies

This book sets out the building blocks of an economic approach to biodiversity, and in particular brings together conceptual and empirical work on valuation, international agreements, the policy instruments, and the institutions. The objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues and evidence, and to suggest how this very urgent problem should be addressed.

Beware of shale gas hype warn senior stakeholders

Cover of the meeting notes

A gathering of senior representatives of the oil and gas industry, energy companies, finance, parliament, government, and other organi- sations and stakeholders, is cautious about direct comparisons with US shale gas developments and about the impact of UK shale on gas prices. Participants warned that the impacts of fracking need to be communicated openly, to dampen overblown expectations and avoid brand damage to the industry.

120 environmental science studentships

Oxford University is set to benefit from a £10 million investment in a new environmental science training programme, leading one of 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) across the country.

Major Advance for an Emerging Solar Cell Technology

Following a 2012 ‘breakthrough for perovskite cells’ by Oxford physicist Henry Snaith and colleagues, Science (11/9/13) reported that Henry and his team ‘have delivered another surprise…the cells are just as efficient if constructed using the same method as cheap thin-film silicon cells. What’s more, the simple layered cell converts more than 15% of sunlight to electricity – equal to the record for perovskite cells, set just two months ago for a nanostructured device’.


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