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
Grantham Affiliate Dr Ana Mijic examines London’s vulnerability to flooding, and the infrastructure projects safeguarding the city’s future. This month saw the launch of Flood Re, a new UK government-backed scheme intended to lower the cost of insuring homes in high-risk areas against flood . Whilst the scheme will benefit thousands, as always, prevention – in the form of well though-out adaptation plans – is … Continue reading Before the flood: protecting London’s future
SSCP-DTP student Phil Chapman writes about why fragmentation is threatening tropical forests, how researchers are learning more about the problem and what it’s really like to live and work in a jungle for four months. I am now two months into my second field season in the lovely, but oh-so-very far away land of Borneo, to be precise the Malaysian state of Sabah. Full details … Continue reading Picking up the pieces: studying forest fragmentation in Borneo
On World Wildlife Day, Grantham Lecturer Dr Kris Murray explains why a US ban on salamander imports is critical to stemming the spread of a new lethal amphibian disease. I‘m not usually one for gambling, and certainly not for placing bets that I genuinely hope to lose. But last year I made a bet with a colleague that I ended up losing more quickly than … Continue reading Losing a bet but winning the war: fighting the deadly chytrid fungi
Dr Eoin O’Gorman from the Department of Life Sciences explores how species might cope with rising global temperatures. Our planet is getting warmer. That is now an undeniable fact, even by the most conservative predictions for the next century. Climate change has begun to take centre-stage in international politics, Nobel prize decision-making, and even Oscar acceptance speeches. Warmer temperatures will have numerous consequences for us … Continue reading How can wildlife adapt to a warmer world?
SSCP-DTP student Rowan Schley introduces the South American plants and animals on the verge of extinction due to climate and environmental change. If you were to travel South America from top to tail, you would witness nearly every type of habitat present on Earth: from the steamy tropical rainforests of the Amazon, through mountains, deserts, grasslands, temperate forests and eventually the fierce seas and ice … Continue reading On the brink: 10 South American species endangered by environmental change
SSCP-DTP student Arnaud Koehl argues for a better way of selling the benefits of the global climate agreement signed at the COP21 climate conference in Paris Many pundits applauded the Paris Agreement as an unprecedented diplomatic achievement. But for all its successes, to me one key ingredient was missing: the incentive to participate in costly global action. Fighting anthropogenic climate change is a collective … Continue reading Ask not what you can do for climate change, but what climate change can do for you