Climate Change, Science / 22/03/2022 Climate Change Corner: Latest IPCC report says ‘hope for the future is fading fast’

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns if strict and urgent action isn’t taken, a “livable and sustainable” future is in doubt.  The expansive and comprehensive report is based on 34,000 studies and documents from scientists all over the globe. It envisions a future in which people and the natural world...

Climate Change, News / 01/03/2022 Studies Suggest Women are More Affected by the Climate Crisis

Everybody on the planet is beginning to see the impacts of climate change on the world around them. Women, however, are being affected by the climate crisis on a much greater scale than men. ActionAid, an international charity working with women and girls living in poverty, suggests women are more vulnerable to the effects of...

Climate Change, News / 08/02/2022 Big success for big holiday switch off

In December, UEA’s staff and students were invited to join the Big Holiday Switch Off. This initiative intended to save energy on campus ahead of the winter break. The advice given to take part in the Switch Off was to switch off all unnecessary lighting, equipment, heating, and ensure all windows, doors and taps were...

Climate Change, Home of the Wonderful / 08/02/2022 Focus on the Future

So much of this issue is about looking back to what UEA was like in the past, so we’ve decided to dedicate a little corner of Home of the Wonderful to look to the future! Our writers have come up with two different predictions about how UEA will look in 10, 20 or even 30...

Climate Change, Science / 08/02/2022 Bizarre Science: Concrete on Concrete

UEA is famous for its brutalist architecture, from the Lasdun teaching wall to the iconic Ziggurats, but all this concrete comes at a cost. Despite the abundance and usefulness of the material, concrete is responsible for eight percent of global carbon emissions worldwide. Scientists think they may have found a solution to a greener, and...

Climate Change, Science / 08/02/2022 Interview with conservation group WildEast’s co-founder, Hugh Somerleyton DL

“We pledge, we educate, we grow”– a simple but profound summary of the pillars of conservation organisation, WildEast, as provided in my interview with co-founder Hugh Somerleyton DL. Similarly to ongoing projects in regions of Brazil, Romania and even Yellowstone, USA, the eastern region of England has its own group dedicated to protecting and restoring...

Climate Change

Arts, Climate Change

“It’s moved from a problem for the next generation to a problem for right now and we’re not ready for it”: UEA Professor and playwright Steve Waters reflects on his work on climate change

Steve Waters’ ‘The Secret Life of Plays’ became a staple of my bedside table reading stack before coming to university. Renowned as “the place where literature lives”, UEA has seen the birth of countless award-winning works of fiction, poetry, and drama, with a collection of critically acclaimed professors to match. Described as “one of the…

Climate Change, Science

Climate Change Corner: Is extreme weather here to stay?

Following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Monday 9 August, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has categorised the climate crisis as a “code red for humanity”. Between the slow-moving storms causing ruinous floods in Europe, the surge of summer wildfires in the Mediterranean, and countless other natural…

Climate Change, Science

The Sustainability Of The Olympic Games

The Tokyo Olympics held this year aimed to be the most sustainable Olympic Games ever held. However, eco-friendly experts believe not enough is being done to combat the impact on the climate.  Organisers in Tokyo have gone to extreme lengths in order to keep the games as environmentally friendly as possible. Athletes have spoken at…

Climate Change, Fashion

Greenwashing and Big Brands – How Reliable are Companies to the General Public?

Greenwashing: A problem which, unfortunately, is increasingly prominent in the textile industry. As consumer pressure drives the want for sustainably produced garments, companies are failing to match the standards they claim to be setting. According to Ethical Consumer, greenwashing is the “practice of companies launching adverts, campaigns, products etc. under the pretence that they are…

Breaking News, Climate Change, Main Stories, News

Landmark study reveals climate change is a “code red for humanity”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today released a 42-page document detailing humanity’s harmful impact on the environment. One of the report’s authors Professor Ed Hawkins said: “It is a statement of fact, we cannot be any more certain; it is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet”. It is hoped…


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