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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?

Mumbai, India - January 12, 2015: Young Indian man fills water tank in street. Dharavi slum mostly has drinkable water. Post-processed with grain, texture and colour effect.

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

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Why the world needs a more inclusive global energy agency

Neil Hirst, Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute, argues that China and other developing countries need their voices heard as members of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The G20 Summit in Hangzhou earlier this week provided a unique opportunity for China to assert its place in the world. So it’s hugely significant that Chinese president Xi Jinping, in his opening announcement, focused on the … Continue reading Why the world needs a more inclusive global energy agency

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A beginner’s guide to shaping global climate policy at the World Meteorological Organization

SSCP-DTP student Stephane Mangeon (Department of Physics) explains why you can expect to hear a lot more about the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Geneva, proudly standing on the banks of the Rhone river and the stunning Lake Geneva, is famed for its banking industry and for being the home of the uber-rich. But Geneva is also an international hub for diplomacy and development, reaching broader horizons than its home … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to shaping global climate policy at the World Meteorological Organization

Rural Sunderbans, West Bengal State, India - January 10, 2014: A woman picks up tiny fish in her sack as they are thrown up to her.  The water pond below is almost dry in this drought stricken region.  The unrecognizable female is dressed in a red Sari.

It’s a small world: How air pollution in Europe can affect rainfall in India

Grantham PhD student Dilshad Shawki explores the latest research unpicking the influence of human activity across the globe on the South Asian monsoon. Each summer the South Asian monsoon drenches the Indian subcontinent, as strong moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean deliver over 70% of the region’s annual rainfall in just 3 months. As such, the monsoon’s bountiful rain is crucial to the economy and … Continue reading It’s a small world: How air pollution in Europe can affect rainfall in India

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Taking the waste out of waste wood

Grantham PhD student Florence Gschwend recently won an impressive £10,000 to put into a new business that harnesses cutting edge innovation to generate fuels from hazardous waste wood. The recipient of this runners-up prize in the prestigious Althea-Imperial innovation competition explains how this is truly a win-win solution, solving two problems at once. Waste is, by definition, something that we don’t want. This could all … Continue reading Taking the waste out of waste wood

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What is China doing to protect and improve the environment?

Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, joined a group of Imperial College London students and staff on a trip to China. At Beijing’s Tsing Hua University, she saw a passion for protecting the natural environment at odds with the country’s pursuit of economic growth. Like all universities, Imperial encourages international discourse and collaboration between academics and students across the globe. I recently … Continue reading What is China doing to protect and improve the environment?

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In a post-Brexit world, Britain can still lead the way towards a low carbon future

Grantham Institute Head of Policy Alyssa Gilbert on why there’s no time like the present when it comes to seizing the economic and environmental opportunity offered by a low carbon vision of the future. Britain, Britain, Britain. The recent referendum has left many people in the UK, and indeed, in the rest of the European Union, quite shaken. The full spectrum of views, and therefore needs, of … Continue reading In a post-Brexit world, Britain can still lead the way towards a low carbon future