Maggie Robertson shares her experiences of going vegan for lent. ‘Several Grantham staff doing vegan for lent. Fancy it?’ That was the text from my husband back in February that began our vegan adventure. Or did it begin further back, when I first announced (I do all the cooking for our small family) we were going to be eating less meat? Or was it ten … Continue reading My life as a temporary vegan
Muriel Hauser, visiting research postgraduate at the Grantham Institute, considers why electricity is so important for healthcare, and how improving access to energy can improve access to healthcare for all people. Have you ever worried that a blackout might occur when you’re in hospital? That an operation could be interrupted because of a power outage, or that it could be impossible to get an X-ray … Continue reading Energy for life – The underestimated component for good healthcare provision
Following massive public concern about the quality of the air we breathe, the Grantham Institute hosted a discussion that explored the challenges of cleaning up air in London and ways to bring about meaningful change. Abbie Stone, Media, Events and Outreach Officer, shares some of the key discussion points: London’s air pollution has been described as a ‘crisis’ by its own residents, and despite efforts … Continue reading London’s air crisis: How can we bring about change?
Tarek Cheaib, former student on the Grantham Institute and Imperial College Business School MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance, considers the impact of heatwaves on the workplace, and why they will have a big impact on the global economy. It’s easy to see the economic impact of extreme weather events or natural disasters like wildfires or floods. In 2012, for example, Hurricane Sandy forced … Continue reading Feeling the heat? So is our economy!
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
Dr Pauline Scheelbeek, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, explores the link between salty drinking water and high blood pressure. It’s a well-established fact that high salt consumption (over 5 grams a day) can lead to increased blood pressure. In western countries such as the UK, most of the salt we consume comes from (mostly processed) foods that you may eat on a daily basis, such as bread, … Continue reading High blood pressure: can it be caused by drinking water?
Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute gives her impressions from ‘Global solutions for global challenges’, a discussion event held at Imperial on Wednesday 9 September 2015. This week we tried something quite different. Instead of focusing on one particular climate change or environmental issue, we thought we would tackle them all. Our remit at the Grantham Institute is broad, and we thought we … Continue reading Global solutions for global challenges
-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate report launch by Dr Kris Murray, Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology Today the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate announced the release of their new report “2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health”. Following a first report released in 2009, which concluded that “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of … Continue reading Transforming climate change from a threat to an opportunity
Dr Kris Murray, Grantham Lecturer in Global Change Ecology Our planet is ill. Ongoing loss and endangerment of species, degradation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and their services, and manmade changes to the global climate are dramatic symptoms of a major decline in the planet’s environmental health. In glaring contrast, human health has improved, in some cases radically. Decreases in malnutrition, mortality due to infectious diseases … Continue reading Making it pay by simple addition: win-win solutions for health and the environment
By Paul Parham, Honorary Lecturer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Many tropical diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease and dengue are transmitted to humans via mosquitoes and other carriers known as vectors. These vector-borne diseases continue to have a major impact on human health in the developing world: each year, more than a billion people become infected and around a million people die. In addition, around … Continue reading Hard Evidence: will climate change affect the spread of tropical diseases?