Grantham Institute lecturer Dr Joeri Rogelj, member of the United Nations’ Climate Science Advisory Group, blogs on why hosting the 26th Conference of the Parties in 2020 is an unrivaled opportunity for the UK to take the lead internationally on climate change action. For the last 40 years, each consecutive decade has been warmer than the previous one. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … Continue reading Why should the UK host the COP26 climate summit in 2020?
Following massive public concern about the quality of the air we breathe, the Grantham Institute hosted a discussion that explored the challenges of cleaning up air in London and ways to bring about meaningful change. Abbie Stone, Media, Events and Outreach Officer, shares some of the key discussion points: London’s air pollution has been described as a ‘crisis’ by its own residents, and despite efforts … Continue reading London’s air crisis: How can we bring about change?
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
Julia Halder, PhD Student in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (School of Public Health), discovers how circular economy thinking can inform redevelopment in London. ‘Circular economy thinking’ is the idea that we use materials and items (from small things like phones to large buildings and infrastructure) for as long as possible and then recover as much value and material from them as we can at the end … Continue reading Thinking in circles: applying circular economy principles in London
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