Programme launched to tackle climate anxiety in young people

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is launching a new public engagement programme for young adults concerned about the environment. This comes as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) contribution to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The COP26 eco-anxiety digital engagement project entitled ‘Our Stories, Our Systems’ will facilitate two-way engagement between environmental science researchers and eco-anxious young adults. The project will connect young people aged 15-25 years old across the UK with UKRI funded researchers to tell their climate stories. Through discussing both environmental science research…

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New review of evidence linking the environment and mental health

A NERC-commissioned environmental science and mental health review looks at the growing evidence of the link between environmental issues and mental health. Mental health is governed by complex, interacting factors including: social economic demographic genetic experiential environmental. Due to this complex intersectionality, there is a general move to developing a more holistic approach to managing mental health. The review, led by researchers at the James Hutton Institute, focused on the potential contribution that environmental science can make to mental health research and innovation. Highlighting correlations The review found a wide…

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UKRI announces £24 million investment into adolescent mental health

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a major £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK. Seven newly funded and highly ambitious projects aim to generate a whole new understanding of the developing mind to enable young people to flourish. Adolescence is a vulnerable stage of life for mental health when the brain is known to be highly sensitive to external influences. Previous research has shown that 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 18 (Mental Health First Aid…

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NetZeroPlus project to form vital part of UK bid to remove greenhouse gases from atmosphere

A project to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial to the UK’s bid to reach Net Zero by 2050 – and is set to spark the biggest change in land use since the Second World War. The NetZeroPlus project, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter Business School, is one of five interdisciplinary projects that will receive a total of £31.5m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – with each project investigating a different method of removing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.   The…

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UKRI appoint Professor Christopher Smith as International Champion

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed Professor Christopher Smith as the new UKRI International Champion. Professor Smith is Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and has substantial international experience including a tenure as director of a leading UK research institute overseas. He will take up the role at the end of March 2021. It is a pivotal time for international research and innovation, with the UK forging new relationships in Europe and beyond, and as science and innovation continues to fight the global pandemic. Continuing…

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