If the first solar entrepreneur hadn’t been kidnapped, would fossil fuels have dominated the 20th century the way they did?

Dr Sugandha Srivastav tells the story of George Cove, a little known inventor who's solar business came to an abrupt end in the early 20th century when he was kidnapped, and calculates what the world may have lost. "If we embrace the spirit of optimism seen during Cove’s time and make the right technology choices, we can still reach the sun-powered world he envisioned all those years ago."


Oxford Smith School welcomes youngest MSc candidate this century

Charlotte Wargniez has always worked fast. A downhill skier from the age of 10, she finished her Baccalauréat général Scientifique (the equivalent of A-levels in the UK) at the age of 13 and enrolled at the University of Toronto the same year. In September, she embarks on the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment’s MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment, one of the university’s most applied to graduate programs. At just 17 years old, she is the youngest MSc candidate at the University of Oxford since the 1990s.


Solar and wind farms can easily power the UK by 2050, scientists say

Wind and solar power could comfortably supply all the UK’s energy needs by the middle of the century, according to an Oxford Smith School team. “I think the public would be stunned that we could power not just the entire electricity system but the whole energy system of this country with wind and solar,” said Professor Hepburn.