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Our eco resolutions for 2017

We all have the power to change our habits and live more sustainably. In fact, whilst governments and businesses have a huge part to play in addressing climate change and other environmental issues, the actions of individuals are also crucial. With this in mind, we asked Grantham Institute staff and students to share their climate or environment-related resolutions for the year ahead. Feel inspired to … Continue reading Our eco resolutions for 2017

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Beyond COP: Why we can’t count on international negotiations alone to save our planet

A year on from last December’s landmark climate deal in Paris, Jeanne Martin, an alumnus of  Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, argues that governments around the world are losing momentum – and it’s time for citizens to step in. A year ago, the world’s governments adopted the Paris Agreement, a global commitment to taking strong action on climate change. Paris was hailed as a major milestone … Continue reading Beyond COP: Why we can’t count on international negotiations alone to save our planet

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Coming clean on climate risk

Grantham Co-Director, Prof Joanna Haigh, considers the latest recommendations on how businesses can open up to investors about their vulnerability to climate change. Climate change will affect a wide range of industries, and there is a growing push for companies to publish an assessment of the losses they could suffer as a result. Last month Alyssa discussed the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related … Continue reading Coming clean on climate risk

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Green investment: Put your money where the carbon isn’t

What do a company’s carbon emissions tell you about its long term prospects? Grantham Institute Director of Innovation Prof Richard Templer takes a first look at ET Index’s ranking of businesses according to their climate change credentials. Christmas is more usually associated with giving rather than investing, and the New Year with minimising our waistlines rather than diminishing our carbon footprints. But if, like me, … Continue reading Green investment: Put your money where the carbon isn’t

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Technology transfer: how the UNFCCC helps put the right technologies into the right hands

How do you ensure that the developing world has access to the key technologies needed to limit greenhouse emissions and adapt to a changing climate? Henrik Larsen, a PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy, checks in on progress on facilitating technology development and transfer at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech (COP22). Ever since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change … Continue reading Technology transfer: how the UNFCCC helps put the right technologies into the right hands

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Five ways to reinvent energy

On 25 November the Grantham Institute’s Moritz Köhme and Dr Jeff Hardy attended the Reinventing Energy Summit hosted by New Scientist and RE•WORK. Jeff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and was one of the presenters at the event, speaking about ‘Sustainable energy transformations: Where are we at and where are we going?’. In this blog, Jeff and Moritz share five interesting messages … Continue reading Five ways to reinvent energy

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Climate disclosures – why should we care?

Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute, explores how disclosing information on companies’ strategic and practical approaches to climate risks could help engage investors in greener investments. The role of green investments in building a low-carbon future was a hot topic at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech (COP22), which finished last week. And within the financial sector, awareness of … Continue reading Climate disclosures – why should we care?

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En route to Marrakech: From the Atlas mountains to the Atlantic Ocean

Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP student Oliver Schmidt is attending the UN Climate Change conference (COP22) this week. He shares his impression of the host country Morocco and how it may be affected by climate change. Before the “action” COP officially kicked off in Marrakech on Monday, I travelled to the Kingdom of Morocco to get a personal perspective of this year’s … Continue reading En route to Marrakech: From the Atlas mountains to the Atlantic Ocean

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A breath of fresh air: Why young people’s voices must ring clear in climate negotiations

Jeanne Martin, an alumnus of  Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, will be attending the UN’s COP22 climate conference in Marrakech next week as a member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. She explains why the UN climate negotiation process is lacking – and how the youth can improve it. Full of hope. This is how I felt last year, when I walked into my first … Continue reading A breath of fresh air: Why young people’s voices must ring clear in climate negotiations

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Big oceans, big IT: Modelling plastic pollution in the ocean

Department of Physics undergraduate Thomas Stokes reflects on his recent research placement at the Grantham Institute. Approaching a new project can be a daunting prospect. This is especially true when you’re trying to model real-world systems; given how mind-bogglingly complex the ‘real world’ can be, it is easy to feel dwarfed by the problem at hand. Oceanographers, however, can’t afford such anxieties – they deal … Continue reading Big oceans, big IT: Modelling plastic pollution in the ocean