Hunters look at the ship in Uelen, Chukotski region, Russia

Indigenous wisdom: Leaders of Arctic tribes visit Imperial

The Imperial College Environmental Society and Pacific Environment recently hosted an event with four Arctic indigenous leaders, who discussed climate change and its effects on indigenous communities in the Arctic. Richard Knight, Research Postgraduate at Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, reflects on the fragility of the environment Arctic communities depend upon, and how it can be protected. “It is like we do not exist, and … Continue reading Indigenous wisdom: Leaders of Arctic tribes visit Imperial

Our "commute to work". A 7.5km hike across mudflats, wetland, ice and rivers

Ring of Fire: how biofilms will help us understand the impacts of climate change

‘Ring of Fire‘ is a NERC-funded research project that, over the course of four years and five geothermal sites in the Arctic Circle, investigates the impact of rising temperatures of global warming on freshwater ecosystems. Danielle Harris has just returned from an eight-day fieldwork trip in Svalbard, where she scrubbed nearly 300 rocks to see how temperature affects the community composition of biofilms, and the … Continue reading Ring of Fire: how biofilms will help us understand the impacts of climate change

There is no Planet B: Why I decided to run 3,000 kilometres          

Erlend Moster Knudsen is part of the climate awareness campaign Pole to Paris. He is speaking at a seminar at Imperial on 12 November. In this guest blog, he writes about how his PhD on climate change in the Arctic inspired him to run almost 30 km a day, for months in a row, to draw attention on climate change and the COP21 meeting in December … Continue reading There is no Planet B: Why I decided to run 3,000 kilometres          

The Future of the Arctic

  By Victoria Burton, Stephane Mangeon, Christoph Mazur, Simon Moulds, Jonathan Ritson, Philip Sandwell, Rebecca Short, and Patric Simoes Pereira Grantham and SSCP-DTP students investigate how climate change and oil exploration are affecting the Arctic, and the potential harm or benefits that these will bring.  The Arctic is changing, both environmentally and economically. What was once one of the most inaccessible areas on Earth is … Continue reading The Future of the Arctic