Briefings

UUCN coordinate and publish briefing papers to share evidence on key climate change topics, written by more than 100 authors from across our member universities. Explore our paper series below. 

All Briefings

The Urgency of Climate Mitigation for COP27 and Beyond

The Urgency of Climate Mitigation for COP27 and Beyond

Ahead of COP27 in Egypt in November 2022, this UUCN briefing sets out high-level messages and summaries on why climate mitigation and adaptation must go hand in hand; that urgent action climate ... View

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Health

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Health

Climate change is a global health emergency, with impacts felt most acutely by vulnerable populations and communities. This paper explores health risks from climate change in a global context, ... View

Achieving Food Security under Climate Change

Achieving Food Security under Climate Change

Climate change is disrupting agriculture and food production across the world, while current food production practices are also major drivers of climate change in the first place. While ... View

Aligning Climate Finance for an Equitable and Sustainable Net Zero Future

Aligning Climate Finance for an Equitable and Sustainable Net Zero Future

Realigning global capital through a mainstreaming of climate into all financing operations is urgently needed. This briefing note identifies challenges for climate finance in the climate ... View

Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change, People and Biodiversity

Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change, People and Biodiversity

Nature-based solutions can, if well designed and robustly implemented, deliver multiple benefits for climate change mitigation and adaptation, enhance biodiversity, promote human wellbeing and ... View

Just Transition: Pathways to Socially Inclusive Decarbonisation

Just Transition: Pathways to Socially Inclusive Decarbonisation

Various protests in recent decades have highlighted the importance of an integrated approach that accounts for the environmental, economic, social, cultural and psychological dimensions of the ... View

Why the Ocean Matters in Climate Negotiations

Why the Ocean Matters in Climate Negotiations

The ocean takes up heat and carbon, reducing the adverse effects of climate change. However, those benefits also have costs: the ocean is warming, the rate of sea level rise is increasing, and ... View

Triple Wins in Adaptation, Mitigation and Development

Triple Wins in Adaptation, Mitigation and Development

To meet the UK’s 2050 net-zero target, technological, societal, and nature-based solutions will be required to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors of our economy and society. This briefing ... View

Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Actions

Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Actions

With careful, integrated planning and policies, climate mitigation and adaptation actions can have a large number of other positive impacts, providing co-benefits to society. Maximising ... View

The UK Post-2050: Looking Beyond the Net Zero Horizon to Inform Decarbonisation

The UK Post-2050: Looking Beyond the Net Zero Horizon to Inform Decarbonisation

In the pursuit of a just transition, the UK’s 2050 target for reaching net zero emissions target must be balanced alongside the UK’s long-term (post-2050) social, economic and environmental ... View

Net-Zero Solutions and Research Priorities in the 2020s

Net-Zero Solutions and Research Priorities in the 2020s

To meet the UK’s 2050 net-zero target, technological, societal, and nature-based solutions will be required to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors of our economy and society. This briefing ... View

Carbon Offsetting for UK Higher and Further Education

Carbon Offsetting for UK Higher and Further Education

This briefing note provides guidance to support the development of further and higher education offsetting policies. It specifically discusses the use of offsetting in the context of net zero ... View

Space-Based Earth Observations for Climate Security

Space-Based Earth Observations for Climate Security

Given the rapidity of environmental change there is an urgent need for timely, reliable evidence to support climate action and to monitor the effectiveness of mitigation measures. This ... View

Destination Net Zero: Setting and Delivering Ambitious, Credible Targets

Destination Net Zero: Setting and Delivering Ambitious, Credible Targets

Net zero emissions targets have gained traction in the global effort to halt climate change. This briefing sets out the science behind net zero targets and the considerations that policymakers ... View

Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions

Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions

UK HEIs have an essential role to play in fostering preparation for the net-zero emissions transition, by engaging staff and students with the climate crisis; the development of and ... View

Case studies
Brokering Applied Research Between Students and Organisations to Affect Change for Sustainable DevelopmentCarbon Literacy: Peer-to-Peer Training Facilitates Access for All Staff and StudentsClimate Intervention: Developing a Youth Guide With and For Young PeopleCollaborating Across Disciplines for Climate Change EducationDeveloping a Pedagogical Approach to put Interdisciplinarity into Practice for the Low Carbon TransitionEmbedding Research-Based Education for Sustainable Development & Climate Education in HE CurriculaEnabling Change Agents via UpskillingIntegrating Climate Change Through Service Learning in Dental Education ProgrammesPlanning and Approving a New Climate Change DegreeStudent-Led Climate EducationThe Falmouth Curriculum Ladder: A Curriculum-Led Embedding Strategy for Climate Education & Sustainability
A Net-Zero Emissions Economic Recovery from COVID-19

A Net-Zero Emissions Economic Recovery from COVID-19

As the world emerges from the crisis of Covid-19, governments could introduce recovery packages to boost economic growth, including in the UK. These could have a highly significant impact on the ... View

Case studies

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