Cartoon depicting a climate summit, with a speaker talking the benefits of climate action, and an audience member dismissing action

6 things we learned from the authors of the 1.5°C Report

Following the Europe-wide launch of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C at Imperial, chapter lead-authors Professor Myles Allen from the University of Oxford and Imperial’s Dr Joeri Rogelj, gave their personal take on the report at a joint event between Grantham Institute and the Royal Meteorological Society. So, what did we take away from this conversation about how to avoid the worst … Continue reading 6 things we learned from the authors of the 1.5°C Report

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It is time be more ambitious – the UK’s Climate Change Act needs strengthening

Joanna Haigh, co-director of the Grantham Institute — Climate Change and the Environment, and John Krebs, emeritus professor of zoology at the University of Oxford and former member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, consider why the UK needs a more ambitious Climate Change Act.  The UK’s Climate Change Act is a pioneering and far-sighted piece of legislation, ushered in ten years ago by a remarkable cross-party … Continue reading It is time be more ambitious – the UK’s Climate Change Act needs strengthening

Climate-ready adaptation for conservation and ecosystem services

Professor Iain Colin Prentice, Chair in Biosphere and Climate Impacts reports back on his session at the Our Common Future conference in Paris This was a lively session, dealing with quite a controversial topic. It had been formed of two proposed sessions, one led by the Grantham Institute (with Georgina Mace, UCL), the other led by Sandra Lavorel, CNRS for the Transformative Adaptation Research Alliance. … Continue reading Climate-ready adaptation for conservation and ecosystem services

Temperature and rainfall extremes in a warming world

By Dr Flora MacTavish Governments, planning authorities, companies and individuals all need information about  the impact of climate change on extreme weather in the future. A recent paper [1] investigates changes in extremes both globally and locally. We can be relatively certain of the signature of climate change on a global or continental scale. On the other hand, estimating changes on a country-wide scale is harder … Continue reading Temperature and rainfall extremes in a warming world