From plastic pollution to green infrastucture, we're dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and developing techniques to improve the future of our planet.

In the Sustainability and the Environment theme blog, our experts cover topics including fast fashion, marine conservation and the latest research in the fight against climate change.

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From plastic pollution to green infrastucture, we're dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and developing techniques to improve the future of our planet.

In the Sustainability and the Environment theme blog, our experts cover topics including fast fashion, marine conservation and the latest research in the fight against climate change.

22 posts found

Rubbish is piling up and recycling has stalled – waste systems must adapt It is crucial to ensure that waste sector staff are protected and recovered materials are uncontaminated and safe to use in supply chains, explains Dr Keiron Roberts for The Conversation

30 April 2020 Dr Keiron Roberts 8 min read

Keiron Philip Roberts, a Research Fellow in low/clean carbon technologies within the University of Portsmouth Research England funded GreenTech South Innovation hub, writes for The Conversation about the fragility of our waste cycle system

Overflowing rubbish bin

Roundup: Horti-BlueC at Hoogstraten This research project aims to develop a ‘sustainable greenhouse’ model for crop cultivation

06 February 2020 2 min read

Horti-BlueC is an international research project which aims to develop a ‘sustainable greenhouse’ model for crop cultivation.

Strawberries growing in greenhouse

Tweet, stream, cloud: it's time to bring 'nature' words back to the countryside We should explore new ways to educate and inspire children about nature, using technology, explains Dr Glenn Hadikin for The Conversation

27 January 2020 8 min read

Glenn Hadikin, lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, at the University of Portsmouth, writes for The Conversation about the emergence of words associated with nature which instead describe technology and the impact of this phenomenon on young people.

Trees

Refurbishing old buildings reduces emissions – but outdated tax rates make it expensive With the UK seeking to become net carbon neutral by 2050, waiting is no longer an option.

25 October 2019 4 min read

Reforming construction VAT so that all projects face the same 5% rate could rapidly incentivise change to more sustainable, low-carbon construction, explains Walter Menteth for The Conversation.

Old and new Milton Keynes

Thames Humpback whale killed by ship – the casualty of a global problem The threat of ship strike is truly a global issue, also affecting seals, dolphins, sharks and turtles in coastal and offshore areas around the world.

15 October 2019 5 min read

We need to manage our marine spaces to minimise mortality, so that the death of the Thames humpback remains an oddity rather than the norm, explains Dr Sarah Marley and James Robbins for The Conversation.

Whale in the sea

Greta Thunberg made it to New York emissions-free – but the ocean doesn’t yet hold the key to low-carbon travel Journey time will remain the primary barrier to low-carbon travel. For now, the only answer for most of us wanting to minimise our impact on the planet is to minimise how much we travel across it.

28 August 2019 4 min read

The ocean doesn't yet hold the key to low-carbon travel, but for now, the only answer for most of us wanting to minimise our impact on the planet is to minimise how much we travel across it, explains Professor Steve Fletcher for The Conversation.

Greta Thunberg

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