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

Don’t score an own goal on energy policy: Fatih Birol presents the World Energy Outlook at Imperial

The International Energy Agency’s most important report is a warning that words are not enough, and now is the time for every country to play their best game, according to Jonathan Bosch, an Imperial PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership. The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, made the first UK public presentation of … Continue reading Don’t score an own goal on energy policy: Fatih Birol presents the World Energy Outlook at Imperial

The similarities between our energy outlook and BP’s will surprise you

New analysis foreshadows a dwindling demand for fossil fuels, but what will the oil companies make of the future? Grantham Institute Director of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, looked into her crystal ball to find out. Continue reading The similarities between our energy outlook and BP’s will surprise you

In search of a common language to support innovation and transform our society

Sociologists and engineers take different approaches to stimulating innovation. Inspired by the Eu-SPRI winter school organised by the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, Gijs Diercks and Henrik Larsen, PhD students from the Centre for Environmental Policy, argue that finding a common language is crucial to bridging the divide. Addressing global challenges such as climate change, food security and resource scarcity demands radical … Continue reading In search of a common language to support innovation and transform our society

Beyond COP: Why we can’t count on international negotiations alone to save our planet

A year on from last December’s landmark climate deal in Paris, Jeanne Martin, an alumnus of  Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, argues that governments around the world are losing momentum – and it’s time for citizens to step in. A year ago, the world’s governments adopted the Paris Agreement, a global commitment to taking strong action on climate change. Paris was hailed as a major milestone … Continue reading Beyond COP: Why we can’t count on international negotiations alone to save our planet

Technology transfer: how the UNFCCC helps put the right technologies into the right hands

How do you ensure that the developing world has access to the key technologies needed to limit greenhouse emissions and adapt to a changing climate? Henrik Larsen, a PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy, checks in on progress on facilitating technology development and transfer at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech (COP22). Ever since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change … Continue reading Technology transfer: how the UNFCCC helps put the right technologies into the right hands

A breath of fresh air: Why young people’s voices must ring clear in climate negotiations

Jeanne Martin, an alumnus of  Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, will be attending the UN’s COP22 climate conference in Marrakech next week as a member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition. She explains why the UN climate negotiation process is lacking – and how the youth can improve it. Full of hope. This is how I felt last year, when I walked into my first … Continue reading A breath of fresh air: Why young people’s voices must ring clear in climate negotiations