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Five ways to reinvent energy

On 25 November the Grantham Institute’s Moritz Köhme and Dr Jeff Hardy attended the Reinventing Energy Summit hosted by New Scientist and RE•WORK. Jeff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and was one of the presenters at the event, speaking about ‘Sustainable energy transformations: Where are we at and where are we going?’. In this blog, Jeff and Moritz share five interesting messages … Continue reading Five ways to reinvent energy

Wavering water: why round-the-clock urban water supply matters

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

A beginner’s guide to shaping global climate policy at the World Meteorological Organization

SSCP-DTP student Stephane Mangeon (Department of Physics) explains why you can expect to hear a lot more about the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Geneva, proudly standing on the banks of the Rhone river and the stunning Lake Geneva, is famed for its banking industry and for being the home of the uber-rich. But Geneva is also an international hub for diplomacy and development, reaching broader horizons than its home … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to shaping global climate policy at the World Meteorological Organization

What is China doing to protect and improve the environment?

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?

Before the flood: protecting London’s future

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

Do cities need COP21 to cut down on carbon?

Dr Karl M. Smith, Manager of the Blue Green Dream Project, proposes that empowered cities can hold their own and contribute to global efforts to limit dangerous climate change. The gathering storm On 22nd October, 2015, Hurricane Patricia barrelled across the Pacific Ocean. In its line of sight: Mexico. Patricia threatened to become the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Western hemisphere. As it neared … Continue reading Do cities need COP21 to cut down on carbon?

Creating a sustainable future for London: the London Environmental Challenge

by Helen Lacey, Alexandra Hicken (SSCP-DTP students) and Enrico Berado Safeguarding the health, quality of life and wellbeing of 8.6 million Londoners, as well as those of future generations, is of utmost importance to the Mayor’s Office in London. In order to tackle these challenges and build a sustainable future for the UK capital, there is a clear need for innovative projects and ideas using state of … Continue reading Creating a sustainable future for London: the London Environmental Challenge