Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

Republican rhetoric, communist hoax and voter psychology; Geraldine Satre Buisson, a PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership at Imperial College London, looks across the pond at the United States’ attitudes towards climate change. We’ve all seen the tweets. Donald Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax created by China. It is often cited by those who are … Continue reading Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

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

A trip to the cutting edge of Saudi science

Grantham Institute Co-Director Prof Joanna Haigh shares her impressions on the Saudi science scene following a recent visit to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. I am sitting in the lounge at Jeddah airport, waiting for a flight to London and reflecting on my visit to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Five days … Continue reading A trip to the cutting edge of Saudi science

Climate change education: filling the gaps

Grantham Institute Education Manager Sophie Smith explains why we need to nurture postgraduates with a broad perspective and a solid skills base. “Climate change education, training and public awareness are essential to achieving the Global Goals.” [targets to tackle poverty and climate change] This quote from the Director-General of UNESCO at COP21 last week sums up my thoughts exactly. Solving any of the major challenges … Continue reading Climate change education: filling the gaps

World leaders are not the only champions for low-carbon living

Grantham Institute co-director Professor Martin Siegert on the inspiring role for innovation and entrepreneurship, and a new public exhibition of practical solutions for a climate change world, showing in central Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). Reaching an international agreement about the future of carbon emissions is the central aim of around 1,000 officials meeting behind closed doors at COP21. Amongst the aims … Continue reading World leaders are not the only champions for low-carbon living

Taking the planet’s temperature: How are global temperatures calculated?

Grantham intern Peter Davies (Department of Physics) delves into global temperature records. Statements such as “2014 earth’s warmest year on record” or “No global warming for 18 years 1 month” are conclusions from different atmospheric temperature data sets.  Before assessing which is true it is important to understand how temperatures are measured, how data sets are created and used to calculate global temperatures, and the … Continue reading Taking the planet’s temperature: How are global temperatures calculated?

Time to Act climate march – what was missing?

by Jonathan Bosch On Saturday, 7th March 2015, I attended the Time to Act climate march. After a winding route through the historic streets of central London, an impromptu sit-down on the Strand, and a spirit-raising day under an early spring sun, we converged on Parliament Square where a number of speakers from charities, trade unions, political parties and other activist groups launched their rallying cries for … Continue reading Time to Act climate march – what was missing?

With climate models, simpler isn’t necessarily better

Grantham Institute Co-Director Professor Joanna Haigh discusses a recent paper which argues that  existing climate models ‘run hot’ and overstate the extent of manmade climate change. It is perplexing that some climate change sceptics, who expend much energy in decrying global circulation (computer) models of the climate, on the basis that they cannot properly represent the entire complexities of the climate system and/or that they contain too many approximations, … Continue reading With climate models, simpler isn’t necessarily better

The costs of decarbonising the UK

By Dr Flora Whitmarsh, Grantham Institute The costs associated with reducing emissions in the UK have been discussed recently in the press. In an article in the Mail on Sunday, David Rose made the claim that energy policies shaped by the so-called “Green Blob” –  a term coined by Owen Paterson for what he called “the mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and … Continue reading The costs of decarbonising the UK

Has climate change been exaggerated? Fact-checking Owen Paterson’s comments

By Dr Flora Whitmarsh, Grantham Institute In a lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, the former UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has criticised the current government’s climate and energy policies, suggesting there is too much emphasis on renewables and that the consequences of climate change have been exaggerated. A discussion of Mr Paterson’s comments on UK energy policy appears in another Grantham blog by Dr Simon … Continue reading Has climate change been exaggerated? Fact-checking Owen Paterson’s comments