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COP28 and the role of data and measurement for credible policymaking

COP28 in Dubai can well be an economist’s dream come true as the instrumental role of data and measurement for credible policymaking has been central to the conference agenda.
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COP28: The long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the concept of Just Transition

This short piece reviews where the concept of just transition could be situated within the Paris Agreement’s architecture, an issue that is not well understood.
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How A.S. Byatt’s northern identity and anger over climate change informed her fiction

Dr Barbara Franchi a Teaching Fellow in our Department of English Studies explores how, in her later fiction, A.S. Byatt used northern locations as emblems of the climate crisis and how human actions have detrimental effects on the whole planet.
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UK association to Horizon Europe – a win for global research

Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University, Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Bristol, and Professor Sir Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh, share their thoughts on the UK’s association to Horizon Europe.
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Girls less likely to be diagnosed with special educational needs – new research

Dr Johny Daniel, Assistant Professor in our School of Education, discusses his research into why girls are less likely to be diagnosed with special educational needs.
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Is Clare's Law working?

Dr Nicole Renehan from our Department of Sociology, together with project partners Professor Sandra Walklate (Liverpool University) and Dr Charlotte Barlow (University of Central Lancashire) discuss whether Clare’s Law, otherwise known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, is working and if it is fit for purpose.
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Faced with dwindling bee colonies, scientists are arming queens with robots and smart hives

Associate Professor Farshad Arvin from our Department of Computer Science, Martin Stefanec from the University of Graz and Associate Professor Tomas Krajnik from the Czech Technical University explore what can be done about the decline of bee colonies.

Why are so many graduates shunning teaching? Pay – but not bonuses – could be the answer

Professor Stephen Gorard and Professor Beng Huat See from our School of Education explain how their research suggests that rather than putting money into bonuses for new teachers, the government should focus on improving the overall financial rewards of teaching to increase the number of applications to teacher training.
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COP28: Why 2 °C is too high for the polar ice sheets and sea level rise

On the 12 December 2015, 196 countries adopted the Paris Climate Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is to limit the increase in global average temperature.
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COP28: Nationally determined contributions

The World Health Organization identifies climate change as the biggest health threat facing humanity.
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The diversity of the university experience helps students become good citizens

How do universities produce good citizens? For Mathew Guest, Professor of the Sociology of Religion, research on interfaith relations may have the answer.
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Decoding Inequality: New Maths Project Aims to Unlock Social Puzzle

Dr Alpár Mészáros from our department of Mathematical Sciences sheds light on inequality through the lens of math. He is teaming up with Dr Mauro Bambi of Durham University Business School to solve inequality's code using the surprising key of partial differential equations (PDEs).
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