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“Use more gasoline”: The unlikely ambition that could help save the planet from climate change

The internal combustion engine has an important role in transporting people, goods and services, but is it one that can be squared with goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation Alyssa Gilbert discusses some of the issues at stake. I was recently moved to support a new cause. For the first time, I heard about the worrying plight of … Continue reading “Use more gasoline”: The unlikely ambition that could help save the planet from climate change

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Balance of power: How Brexit would affect the UK energy sector  

In under a week, UK voters will decide the fate of the country in a referendum over Britain’s continuing membership of the European Union (EU). Grantham Research Associate Dr Sheridan Few explores some potential implications of exiting the EU for the UK energy sector. Issues such as the economy and immigration are key battle grounds for EU referendum campaigners, but UK voters’ final decision will … Continue reading Balance of power: How Brexit would affect the UK energy sector  

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Climate change communication: Taking a leaf from the Brexit book

The upcoming referendum on the UK’s European Union (EU) membership has sparked a fiery debate among politicians, the media and the general public. Simon Bushell asks what climate change communicators can learn from the Brexit campaign. Whether pushing for the UK to leave the EU (“Brexit”) or stay, EU referendum campaigners are urging the British public to take action based on an uncertain future. In this respect, … Continue reading Climate change communication: Taking a leaf from the Brexit book

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Funding for low-carbon tech: Why the clean energy ministerial meeting changes everything and nothing

Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, thinks about the cosy blanket of funding, investment and support that will nurture innovation and boost efforts to come up with new ways to generate clean energy and avoid dangerous climate change. By now we all know that avoiding dangerous levels of climate change means producing less greenhouse gases, and switching to using more efficient products … Continue reading Funding for low-carbon tech: Why the clean energy ministerial meeting changes everything and nothing

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Seven ways maths can save the world

  Can numbers, algebra and trigonometry save the planet? This was the question put to experts during a panel discussion at Imperial hosted by the Grantham Institute and the Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT. CDT students Paula Rowińska and Tom Bendall report back on seven ways that mathematicians are already working towards securing our planet’s future. From meteorology to economics, a wealth of scientific research … Continue reading Seven ways maths can save the world

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5 things you need to know about… unburnable carbon

Meeting growing energy needs around the globe whilst slashing carbon emissions is a monumental challenge. SSCP-DTP student Clea Kolster discusses a new report that provides fresh evidence of how technologies including carbon capture and storage can help. The International Energy Agency (IEA), the IPCC and the World Bank all agree: carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is key to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible … Continue reading 5 things you need to know about… unburnable carbon

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Climate science: what’s the next big thing?

On 22 April, over 170 nations signed the global climate agreement drawn up in Paris in December. As we reach a turning point in global action on climate, Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation Alyssa Gilbert discusses the next big questions for climate research. The climate change deal forged in Paris was a triumph of science, as well as politics. But the agreement was … Continue reading Climate science: what’s the next big thing?

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Planning for the future: What is the truth about your pension and the environment?

Are your savings supporting the fossil fuel industry? George Hammond of ShareAction argues that it is the responsibility of pension fund members to make their voices heard and ensure their schemes are acting responsibly.   The pensions industry is hugely powerful, and how it uses that power will have enormous effects on savers, society and the environment. In the last few months, millions of individuals … Continue reading Planning for the future: What is the truth about your pension and the environment?

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Prospects for climate change: is your glass half-empty, or a half-full?

Grantham lecturer Dr Mirabelle Muûls asks herself whether optimism about solving climate change is well-placed. Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about our collective ability to tackle climate change? Listening to the inspiring academic and corporate speakers at our “Mobilising Business, Acting on Climate” conference last week, I heard the debate between optimism and pessimism played out in many conversations. The conference, which we organised … Continue reading Prospects for climate change: is your glass half-empty, or a half-full?

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Before the flood: protecting London’s future

Grantham Affiliate Dr Ana Mijic examines London’s vulnerability to flooding, and the infrastructure projects safeguarding the city’s future. This month saw the launch of Flood Re, a new UK government-backed scheme intended to lower the cost of insuring homes in high-risk areas against flood . Whilst the scheme will benefit thousands, as always, prevention – in the form of well though-out adaptation plans – is … Continue reading Before the flood: protecting London’s future