Environment

Chris Gerada standing outside on campus

COP26: securing net zero aviation

Meeting this complex challenge demands world-changing innovation, determination and leadership, says Professor Chris Gerada
October 2021
Aeroplanes parked up in rows

COP26: recyclable aircraft materials could prove key to jet zero success

Lightweight materials are crucial in the construction of aircraft but can be tricky to recycle. New processes are needed if the aviation industry is to achieve its zero carbon aims.
October 2021
Jet engine

COP26: artificial intelligence-driven ceramic coatings for greener aviation

Further advances in ceramic coatings, which allow aero engines to operate under extreme temperatures, are set to significantly lower CO2 emissions from aviation. Professor Tanvir Hussain explains.
October 2021
Aeroplane cockpit

COP26: intelligent electrical systems will play a key role in greener aircraft

Increasing electrification of onboard systems will help flights of the future become cleaner, greener and safer, says Dr Sharmila Sumsurooah
October 2021
Silver tokens with colourful lights shining on them

COP26: New battery technology transforming the future of flight

Battery-powered planes could drastically reduce the environmental cost of air travel, but finding the right technology is key.
October 2021
Green hydrogen

COP26: how getting a handle on hydrogen could slash aviation’s CO2 emissions

Hydrogen has the potential to be a much greener alternative to current aviation fuels, but finding a way to store it on planes requires complex research by materials scientists, chemists and engineers.
October 2021
GSK Building. Jubilee Campus Nottingham

COP26: bats, buildings and our climate pledge

By transforming how we learn and work together, our whole community will help achieve the university’s carbon goals, says Andy Nolan
October 2021
London city at night

COP26: using technology to decarbonise our buildings and cities

The energy used by many buildings is costly to the environment and to our bills – but technological research is changing this, says Ke Qu.
October 2021
Low-income urban area

Realising resilience: How do we make COP26 deliver for adaptation in fragile urban environments?

Dr Arabella Fraser and international research partners are investigating how non-conflict violence risks and climate change risks overlap in cities, and what this means for adaptation.
October 2021
Solar energy

COP26: it’s all solar, really

Advances in solar cell technologies and energy storage could harness the power of the sun in our everyday lives, says Dr James O’Shea
October 2021
KLCC park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

COP26: practical steps towards sustainability for Malaysian businesses

The Nottingham University Business School at the University of Nottingham Malaysia is supporting the country’s businesses to take practical steps towards sustainability, says Mohan V Avvari
October 2021
Social justice

COP26: faith for a safe climate future

Dr Chris Ives calls for the inclusion of religious perspectives in climate policy discussions
October 2021
Plane travelling through blue sky

COP26: the emissions mission

Research at the University of Nottingham is helping create a future aviation industry that is cleaner, greener and leaner, says Dr Hitendra Hirani.
October 2021
Air pollution

COP26: business, human rights, law and climate change

Legal frameworks around human rights offer a means to incentivise changes in corporate behaviour to protect the climate, says Professor Robert McCorquodale
October 2021
Clouds from an aeroplane window

COP26: innovating electric aircraft for greener global transport

Dr Sharmila Sumsurooah is helping net zero aviation take flight by bringing together international research to transform the industry.
October 2021
Close up of lab equipment

COP26: microbial gas fermentation: a carbon-negative, sustainable route to biofuels, bioplastics and industrial chemicals at scale

Professor Nigel Minton is engineering bacteria to use carbon dioxide as the building block for key components in industry and transport.
October 2021
Prof. Dr. Xiaoyun Li and farmers in Morogoro Province, Tanzania 720x315

COP26: enhancing the resilience of smallholder communities in Tanzania

An innovation platform is being used to fight back against climate change and food insecurity in local communities.
October 2021
Trent Basin, housing development in Nottingham

COP26: creating net zero energy communities

A unique project at the Trent Basin Housing Development in Nottingham makes the future of fully-fledged community energy bubbles a promising reality, says Dr Eldar Naghiyev.
September 2021
Professor Edward Lester

COP26: a journey to advancing carbon capture technology

Now is the time to fast track new technologies for low energy CO2 capture, says Professor Ed Lester
September 2021
The 1983 United States drought

Addressing modern slavery at COP26

Dr Bethany Jackson lays out key policy recommendations for tackling the modern slavery - environmental degradation - climate change nexus.
September 2021
Aerial photography of brown and green fields

COP26: fixing the climate impact of nitrogen from global farming

A revolutionary technology developed at the University of Nottingham challenges farming’s reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting synthetic fertilisers.
September 2021
Two workers picking tea leaves in a tea garden

COP26: enterprise, communities and climate change: the mobilisation of ideas

Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship offers communities most affected by climate change the opportunity to take action, says Professor Simon Mosey.
September 2021
Man carrying two children walking through a field

COP26: can our grandchildren help us fund the transition to net zero?

Asking future generations to foot the bill for our actions against climate change today is both moral and practical, argues Dr Matthew Rendall.
September 2021
Cows in the Dairy Centre, Sutton Bonington 720x315

COP26: good for cows, good for the planet

Establishing the value of alternative, sustainable sources of protein in animal feed is helping the UK dairy industry reduce its carbon footprint
September 2021
Cooking on open fires Africa

COP26: clean cooking, kitchen culture and climate change

Smoky cooking fires are bad for our health as well the planet, causing ten times as many deaths as malaria
September 2021
woman and man examining soil and groundwater under conservation agriculture experiments

COP26: conservation agriculture and building climate resilience in Africa

Interdisciplinary research is showing how conservation agriculture can mitigate the impact of climate change in Africa, says Murray Lark.
September 2021
Man exploring previous climates in lake sediments

COP26: crops for a changing environment

To understand how agriculture can adapt to a warming world, we need to look to the past and plan for the future, say Profs Matt Jones and Malcolm Bennett
September 2021
Group of farmers harvesting cocoa pods in Colombia

COP26: empower the world's small-holders to sow the seeds of change

If agriculture is to adapt to climate change and reduce its carbon footprint, farmers themselves have to be a core part of the solution, says Prof David Salt
September 2021
Silhouette of grass during sunset

COP26: how understanding plant architecture builds food security

Studying the structure and physiology of plants is key to preparing agriculture for a warmer world, says Dr Alexandra Burgess
September 2021
Cargo freight containers in a sea port at dusk

COP26: securing a fairer global economy will help achieve our carbon targets

Professor Arijit Mukherjee is showing governments how to integrate their green goals with effective trade policies
September 2021
view from mountain top landing zone Kauai

Why rare beauties lure me to Hawaii

Luckily for evolutionary geneticist Dr Angus Davison, some of the snails he studies are only found in the remote mountains of a Pacific paradise...
August 2021
Emily ODonnell a Nottingham researcher stood in a green space

My Blue-Green vision

Dr Emily O'Donnell explains how better protecting cities like Newcastle and Nottingham from flooding can also make them greener, healthier and more pleasant places to live
March 2021
Man riding a bike with a mask on

Living in a material world

Pete Licence underlines the importance of sustainability in a world getting back on its feet
May 2020
Three aircrafts in a row

Creating greener air travel for all

Reducing the environmental impact of aircraft is vital for the future of our planet. Research at the University is helping to bring the aerospace industry together to focus on the issue.
October 2019
Sheep

Flocking to health clubs

A chain of new health clubs is being rolled out across the UK – with the aim of keeping the nation’s sheep flocks fit and well.
October 2019
A tractor harvesting

Harvesting information to help farmers in post-Brexit Britain

The future of UK farming is under the spotlight more than ever. Professor Paul Wilson of the Rural Business Research Unit explains how experts are helping to navigate a shifting landscape
October 2019
A river

A river runs through it

A border dispute that rumbled on for more than 150 years was finally resolved thanks to the expertise of river scientist Colin Thorne
October 2019
Image of a lake

Sediments reveal climate clues

‘Living deltas’ offer clues towards building a picture of environmental change over time
June 2019
An image of a plant made up of salt crystals

Surviving salty soils

How wild plants adapt to tolerate salty soils is hugely important if we hope to continue to feed the world with a growing population.
June 2019
Cow in a field

From waste to wealth

Water is a priceless resource, but its value after it is washed and flushed away may surprise you
June 2019
Carbon dioxide

Capturing a lead on climate change

Exploring the behaviour of CO2 to become a global technology leader in carbon capture and storage.
June 2019
Illustration of a car

Smaller, lighter – and better

Extending the mileage of low-carbon electric vehicles by significantly enhancing the performance of their engines
June 2019
Cocoa beans

From beans to biofuels

New biofuels with the potential to provide affordable clean energy, reduce poverty and help to tackle climate change.
June 2019
Dr Angus Davison holding snails

How #SnailLove led me to the BBC

Dr Angus Davison on the Jeremy the snail phenomenon and life as a Media Fellow
November 2018
Image of an elephants eye

What would he tell you about his zoo?

The University of Nottingham has developed a new tool for zoos to help address one of their more elephantine challenges: welfare in captivity
November 2018
A tomato

Long live the tomato

Research at the University of Nottingham is transforming the way breeders develop new varieties of tomato – improving shelf life while maintaining excellent taste
November 2018
Abstract illustration of China

Low carbon: the world joins forces with China

International expertise is vital to deliver the International Low Carbon City, a flagship environmental project in China
November 2018
Image of Trent Basin

Power to the people

A community project is leading the way for the UK’s renewable energy policy
November 2018
Image of Ningbo port

Power of a new ocean current

Our dependence on fossil fuels must be tackled if we are to address global warming caused by climate change
June 2018