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

Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

Republican rhetoric, communist hoax and voter psychology; Geraldine Satre Buisson, a PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership at Imperial College London, looks across the pond at the United States’ attitudes towards climate change. We’ve all seen the tweets. Donald Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax created by China. It is often cited by those who are … Continue reading Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

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

Have your say: What are your most pressing environment and climate change priorities for 2017?

As the dust settles on 2016, here at the Grantham Institute we are looking ahead at the hot topics in climate change and the environment for the coming year. Is air pollution more deserving of attention than ocean acidification? Should researchers in the United Kingdom focus on British problems like flooding adaptation, or are droughts in the Middle East a more pressing concern? Does national … Continue reading Have your say: What are your most pressing environment and climate change priorities for 2017?

Our eco resolutions for 2017

We all have the power to change our habits and live more sustainably. In fact, whilst governments and businesses have a huge part to play in addressing climate change and other environmental issues, the actions of individuals are also crucial. With this in mind, we asked Grantham Institute staff and students to share their climate or environment-related resolutions for the year ahead. Feel inspired to … Continue reading Our eco resolutions for 2017

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

Coming clean on climate risk

Grantham Co-Director, Prof Joanna Haigh, considers the latest recommendations on how businesses can open up to investors about their vulnerability to climate change. Climate change will affect a wide range of industries, and there is a growing push for companies to publish an assessment of the losses they could suffer as a result. Last month Alyssa discussed the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related … Continue reading Coming clean on climate risk

Green investment: Put your money where the carbon isn’t

What do a company’s carbon emissions tell you about its long term prospects? Grantham Institute Director of Innovation Prof Richard Templer takes a first look at ET Index’s ranking of businesses according to their climate change credentials. Christmas is more usually associated with giving rather than investing, and the New Year with minimising our waistlines rather than diminishing our carbon footprints. But if, like me, … Continue reading Green investment: Put your money where the carbon isn’t