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Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

Our researchers helped uncover humankind’s impact on our climate and pioneer our understanding of global warming.

Now we are in a critical decade and at UEA we're ushering in a climate of change to address the biggest challenge we face.

Our Research

Ever since the construction of the Global Temperature Record in 1982, UEA has been at the forefront of pioneering climate research. Tucked away in a seemingly quiet corner of East Anglia, our researchers’ studies have had a global influence on how the world understands and addresses the climate crisis.

Today the evidence informing everyone from the UNFCCC and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Greta Thunberg and the school climate strikers is supported by our science. And now we’re creating a practical action plan to tackle the climate emergency though initiatives like the Norwich Institute of Sustainable Development and the establishment of an Observatory for Climate Recovery. 

ClimateUEA, a university-wide initiative, brings all of UEA’s climate research and innovation activities together. The School of Environmental Sciences is internationally recognised for its interdisciplinary approach to research to understand 'the Earth, its life and its people and the interactions between them'.



Our people

Six of the University’s researchers, including Professor Corinne Le Quéré, were recently named among the world’s most influential climate change scientists - and they aren’t alone in their pursuit of a better world.

The issues are as individual as they are universal, as local as they are global - and our students, staff and graduates are doing their bit. 

“You are never too small to make a difference" - UEA graduate and Climate Star Mahnoor Qadir

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Prof Heike Schroeder and Asher Minns shared their views on COP26 at a recent Lasdun Lecture. They offered a glimpse of what happened behind the scenes and answered the question 'What comes next?'

Our Environment

Think global, act local - the core mantra of sustainability, and one we’re employing in our net zero vision for campus. We're aiming to be over 80% net zero by 2030, and not to rely on carbon off-setting in order to get there.

UEA is ranked among the world’s top 50 sustainable universities and our Green Flag-awarded campus is home to some amazing biodiversity, from kingfishers to red-listed wasps.

Our Community

We’re working with young people across the region to inspire, inform, and equip them with the tools they need to understand the complexities of climate change – and to help tackle it. 

Project Change is an exciting programme of climate change workshops, resources, and competitions for Years 6–13 and Level 3 Year 1. With economics, politics, science and literature explored by world leading academics, Project Change, its people and its projects are set to ignite action. 

Find out more about Project Change

A partnership between UEA, mental health charity Mind and the Climate Psychology Alliance is addressing climate anxiety, an issue particularly affecting young people.

Learn how we're helping
turn anxiety into action

Our climate stories

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'What's next?' Climate change and COVID-19

On Thursday 11 June, a global audience tuned in online to hear Prof Corinne Le Quéré from UEA’s Faculty of Science deliver the findings of her recent research...

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BSc Environmental Science, PhD  - Dr Jessie Gardner

Jessie’s degree and PhD on how ocean acidification might affect small marine gastropods has led to a research career focusing on the Arctic; she is currently...

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BSc Environmental Science – Ed Goodall

Ed worked in wildlife and environmental roles for organisations including The Woodland Trust and he’s now a Project Manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

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COP26 - a student diary

Second year medical student Amit Singh was one of many UEA students who travelled to the UN climate change conference in November to call for action on climate...

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Twelve days of Climate Star Christmas – top tips for saving the planet

We start the Christmas countdown by asking twelve of our Climate Stars for their top tips for everyday sustainable living in 2022

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Building momentum for a strong COP26

How can the science community help make COP26 a success? Prof Corinne Le Quéré explains

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Climate of change: our climate story

Vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson ushers in a #climateofchange

Dramatising the Effects of Climate Change

A project engaging young adults with nature writing, providing an opportunity to learn about the effects of climate change on RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

The story behind The Trick

The real people behind the fictionalised characters in the BBC drama about Climategate tell their story

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Wild Tracks

Go behind the scenes at the recording of Prof Steve Waters' radio drama Song of the Reed

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