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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

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How can we generate a hundred per cent renewable electricity?

Charlie Cook, a student on the first cohort of Imperial’s new MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance, checks on the roadmap leading to a world with electricity generated from a hundred per cent renewable sources. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there; Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat points out to Alice. The Paris Agreement has set our sights on a … Continue reading How can we generate a hundred per cent renewable electricity?

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Wavering water: why round-the-clock urban water supply matters

Grantham PhD student Simon De Stercke looks at how Mumbai residents cope with just a few hours of running water per day – and why this needs to change, as part of his research on the urban water-energy nexus. By 2050, two thirds of our planet’s population will live in cities. Creating a blueprint for sustainable cities is therefore the key to unlocking a sustainable … Continue reading Wavering water: why round-the-clock urban water supply matters

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How eating less meat could help prevent extinction, climate change, cancer and the next pandemic

  Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology, Dr Kris Murray, explains why, from farm to fork, less is more when it comes to meat. I’m not a vegetarian, and I’m unlikely to become one any time soon. I like making sausages and barbequing ribs, I love prosciutto crudo and lamb kebabs, and I’m a total sucker for a bit of bacon in my lettuce and … Continue reading How eating less meat could help prevent extinction, climate change, cancer and the next pandemic

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We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

A comprehensive report released yesterday outlines a critical role for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Iain Macdonald, Head of Imperial’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (IC4S), explains why this technology is vital – and why there’s still time for the UK to lead the world on CCS. Our government has been dragging its feet on carbon capture … Continue reading We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act