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Lab-grown meat’s promise for cutting climate warming depends on an energy revolution

Currently proposed types of lab-grown meat cannot provide a cure-all for the detrimental climate impacts of meat production without a large-scale transition to a decarbonised energy system, a new study has found. The comparison of greenhouse gases produced by lab-grown and farm-raised beef, by researchers from the LEAP (Livestock, Environment and People) programme at the Oxford Martin School, suggests that under current energy systems the benefits of reducing methane could be outweighed by increased CO2. More
Is a key assumption of economic theory wrong?
The concept of equilibrium, one of the most central ideas in economics and one of the core assumptions in the vast majority of economic models, may have serious problems, a new study from INET Oxford has found. More
'UK science thrives on internationalism'
UK and global science must not become accidental victims of Britain's exit from the European Union, writes Sir John Beddington, Oxford Martin School Senior Fellow, in a Science editorial. More
Study suggests success for marine 'Blue Belt'
Research trialling remote satellite monitoring of illegal fishing activity in the protected waters of Ascension Island has shown that a proposed formal Marine Protected Area (MPA) could be a success. More
Shenggen Fan joins School's Advisory Council 
Dr Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is a world-renowned researcher in the fields of agricultural economics and public policy. More
What influences parents' views on vaccination?
Dr Samantha Vanderslott of the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease talks to BBC Radio 4 about parental attitudes to vaccinating children, and the impact of the anti-vaccine movement. Listen
How can we reduce wealth inequality without compromising economic growth?
Dr Linus Mattauch argues that a tax on rent-generating assets or a general wealth tax that contributes to public investment are options for reducing inequality without harming economic growth. More
Videos: Evolving Economic Thought
From Mariana Mazzucato on rediscovering purpose in the economy to Ian Goldin on the economics of migration, if you've missed any of the lectures in our 'Evolving Economic Thought' series you can find them on our website. Watch videos

We look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming events:

27 February - 'The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work'
Professor Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalisation experts, will discuss how digital disruption goes beyond automation, AI and robotics, and could undermine the foundations of middle-class prosperity in the West. Register

28 February - Evolving Economic Thought: 'Saving labour: automation and its enemies'
Dr Carl Benedikt Frey, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, will discuss the societal consequences of the accelerating pace of automation, and what we can learn from previous episodes of worker-replacing technological change. Register

4 March - 'Chilling prospects: how to provide cooling for all without blowing the world’s carbon budget'
Cooling uses super-polluting gases and large amounts of energy, and is a significant contributor to climate change. Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Executive Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, will look at the prospects for sustainable cooling as the world’s population grows. Register

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