Plastic waste floating in a canal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

When it rains it pours: How can cities save the ocean from plastic pollution during heavy rainfall?

Charles Axelsson, a PhD researcher at Italy’s Ca ‘Foscari University, studied his Master’s at Imperial College London, where he worked closely oceanographer and climate scientist Dr Erik Van Sebille. In this blog, he considers the impact of urban plastic pollution on marine environments, and how policy and local action can help coastal cities save the ocean from plastic. We are a planet of urban, coastal … Continue reading When it rains it pours: How can cities save the ocean from plastic pollution during heavy rainfall?

China is entering a new era of climate change mitigation and environmental protection

Professor Yufeng Yang from the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, joined the Grantham Institute as a Research Fellow in June 2017. For the next few months, he will be working here on global energy governance and energy storage, in close collaboration with Neil Hirst, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Mitigation. In this blog, he considers the … Continue reading China is entering a new era of climate change mitigation and environmental protection

Skyscrapers in Shanghai, China, with solar panels in the foreground

Why we need global leadership on pressing energy challenges, and why China has such an important role to play

Neil Hirst is a Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Mitigation at the Grantham Institute. Over the next few months, he will be working with Professor Yufeng Yang, from the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of  National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, who recently joined the institute funded by a Grantham Research Fellowship. Here, Neil explains two of the topics they will be working on: reforming energy governance, … Continue reading Why we need global leadership on pressing energy challenges, and why China has such an important role to play

British Prime Minister Theresa May

The state of UK politics couldn’t be more chaotic for the environment

Grantham Institute Director of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, sums up the situation in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for climate change and environmental policy, at the current time between the 2017 General Election results and the start of Brexit negotiations with the European Union. This blog is brought to you by A, B, C, D and E. Five letters that … Continue reading The state of UK politics couldn’t be more chaotic for the environment

Professor Jo Haigh and Lord Stern share the stage with Christiana Figueres at the Mission 2020 launch event 10 April 2017

The importance of being optimistic – Christiana Figueres leads the charge to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Dr Alex Howe, writes about the launch of a new campaign to turn words into actions on climate change, and in six global revolutions that must take place before 2020. Continue reading The importance of being optimistic – Christiana Figueres leads the charge to limit global warming to 1.5°C

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Governor Brown of California shake hands over climate deal.

California just signed a climate change agreement with Scotland, here are 5 things the UK can learn from the Golden State

While one is a state within the United States of America and the other a sovereign country or state made up of four “sub” countries, Clea Colster suggests that the UK could learn from California’s environmental policies.

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Brexit, and an uncertain road for the European Emissions Trading Scheme

On the day Theresa May officially triggers Article 50 and begins the Brexit process, Grantham Institute writes about the value of a European scheme that aims to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from more than 12,000 power and manufacturing plants in 31 countries, which together account for around 45% of the EU’s total emissions.

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California is at the forefront of US environmental action – but its progressive ideas need protection

Currently on a secondment at Stanford University, SSCP DTP student Clea Kolster reports back on California’s commitment to sustainability – and how the new head of the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could put a spanner in the works. I landed at San Francisco International airport on a sunny afternoon at the end of June of last year, ready to embrace the wonders of … Continue reading California is at the forefront of US environmental action – but its progressive ideas need protection