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Henry chapman delivering a talk in the CAHA museum at the University of Birmingham

 As many of you will be aware, the UK is hosting the COP26 climate change summit in November. The aim of the summit is to accelerate progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global warming to 1.5oC.

Since the attention of global policy makers and activists will be on the UK, the University of Birmingham wanted to make the most of this opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of its work relating to climate and give a voice to its staff and students. 

Entitled Addressing the climate challenge, the report is the work of nearly 100 contributors spread across five continents – all led by academics from the UoB. Through these articles, UoB hopes to make expert insight more accessible to policy makers and the general public. Among the articles is a piece by SHaC’s Professor Henry Chapman entitled ‘Why the archaeology of peatlands matters as we look to COP26’ (pp. 54-55). Please do have a read to see how research by archaeologists is proving crucial to better understanding the effects and impacts of climate change.