‘Ring of Fire’ is a NERC-funded research project that, over the course of four years and five geothermal sites in the Arctic Circle, investigates the impact of rising temperatures of global warming on freshwater ecosystems. Danielle Harris has just returned from an eight-day fieldwork trip in Svalbard, where she scrubbed nearly 300 rocks to see how temperature affects the community composition of biofilms, and the … Continue reading Ring of Fire: how biofilms will help us understand the impacts of climate change
Kate Rowell, Grantham Institute and Imperial College Business School Master’s student studying Climate Change, Management and Finance, looks at why bees are suffering the impacts of climate change and what this means for global biodiversity and food security. What’s the problem? Three quarters of global food production relies on pollination to some degree, and for 5-8% pollination is vital. Similarly, 87.5% of the world’s flowering plants … Continue reading It’s not just the plight of the bumblebee, we need to protect all our pollinators
In this opinion piece, Luke Bevan discusses the modern ethical challenges of communicating climate change science to the general public.
Grantham PhD student Oliver Schmidt visited Africa to see two start-ups from Imperial College London that are trying to make the case for low-carbon ‘cleantech’ business in Africa, and compared them to a third operating across the continent.
On International Women’s Day, MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance student Cecilia L’Ecluse considers why it is that the changes brought about by global warming will be a disproportionate burden on women – and why women’s leadership and involvement is key to the future of our planet. Following severe flooding in Bangaladesh in 1991, nine times more women than men died. In May 2008, cyclone Nargis … Continue reading Who runs the world? Women, if we want prosperity, sustainability and life
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
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
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
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?
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