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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability


Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy

Durham University is committed to reducing its environmental impact, and improving the local environment, both for the people who live and work in the University, and for the wider community. This commitment is reflected in policies, plans and procedures which seek to make the most effective and efficient use of all resources, encouraging all members of the University community to develop an ecologically sound approach to their work and lifestyle.

Read our Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy here

Sustainable Development Goals

These 17 goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

Find out how Durham University is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

Shaping the Future of Energy - Interview with Prof. Jon Gluyas, Director Durham Energy Institute

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Professor Jon Gluyas, Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), discusses global energy challenges and how the DEI is working in partnership with representatives from industry, policy and community sectors to research and progress low-carbon energy options. Interview filmed by The Business Debate.

Latest environmental research news

Did dogs join us in settling the Americas?

(26 January 2021)

Siberian husky

New evidence points to dogs being domesticated in Siberia before crossing with us into the Americas

Dogs are regarded as our best friend and now our researchers say the first people to settle in the Americas brought their canines with them.

The research led by our Department of Archaeology sheds more light on the origin of dogs.

Researchers looked at the archaeological and genetic records of ancient people and dogs.

They found that the first people to cross into the Americas before 15,000 years ago, were of Siberian descent and were accompanied by their dogs.

Domesticated before reaching the Americas

Their discovery suggests that dog domestication likely took place in Siberia before 23,000 years ago, prior to the human settlement of the Americas.

Following their domestication, people and their dogs eventually travelled both west into the rest of Eurasia, and east into the Americas.

Our best friend for quite some time

Since their domestication from wolves, dogs have played a wide variety of roles in human societies, many of which are tied to the history of cultures worldwide.

The Americas were one of the last regions in the world to be settled by people.

By this same time, dogs had been domesticated from their wolf ancestors and were likely playing a variety of roles within human societies.

The researchers now plan further archaeological and genetic studies to show how the emerging mutual relationship between people and dogs led to their successful dispersal across the globe.

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