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Securing rare earths

Our most important technologies depend on raw materials that are not evenly distributed around the world. Elements are at risk of supply disruptions, leaving import-dependent countries like the UK vulnerable.

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Clean cold chains

Energy demand for cooling, particularly for food, is projected to nearly triple by 2050 posing a catastrophic threat to our environment.

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Food security

Experts at the University are helping to reduce the threat to humanity from food insecurity by safeguarding agrobiodiversity and improving its availability for crop enhancement.

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Experts at the University of Birmingham are investigating the scale and impact of microplastics - and whether their properties could even be harnessed for environmental and human benefit.

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Sustainable Livelihoods

From illegal poaching to the unsustainable plunder of fisheries, efforts are being made to end these practices - but who is making decisions on how to do that and based on what evidence?

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Urban Metabolisms

With a growing global population and rapid city expansion, there's increased pressure on 'urban metabolisms'. Professor Peter Kraftl uses the voices of young people to maintain and improve these for future generations.

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