Eco-resolutions 2017 – have you kept yours?

It can be easy to wait for governments and businesses to face up to the challenges of climate change and other environmental issues. However, individual action has a big part to play in protecting the planet. Small changes to our daily habits can make a big difference. At the end of last year, Grantham Institute staff and students made a climate or environment related resolution … Continue reading Eco-resolutions 2017 – have you kept yours?

Building the case for sustainable finance

Nick Spooner and Sarah Clements, Grantham Institute and Imperial College Business School Master’s students studying Climate Change, Management and Finance, dive into the question of responsible financial investments, and ask whether it’s time to make some changes? Significant progress has been made since writing our previous piece on responsible investment at Imperial. Last week we launched our Responsible Investment Club by co-hosting an event with the Grantham Institute, which discussed … Continue reading Building the case for sustainable finance

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

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

Prospects for climate change: is your glass half-empty, or a half-full?

Grantham lecturer Dr Mirabelle Muûls asks herself whether optimism about solving climate change is well-placed. Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about our collective ability to tackle climate change? Listening to the inspiring academic and corporate speakers at our “Mobilising Business, Acting on Climate” conference last week, I heard the debate between optimism and pessimism played out in many conversations. The conference, which we organised … Continue reading Prospects for climate change: is your glass half-empty, or a half-full?

Picking up the pieces: studying forest fragmentation in Borneo

SSCP-DTP student Phil Chapman writes about why fragmentation is threatening tropical forests, how researchers are learning more about the problem and what it’s really like to live and work in a jungle for four months. I am now two months into my second field season in the lovely, but oh-so-very far away land of Borneo, to be precise the Malaysian state of Sabah. Full details … Continue reading Picking up the pieces: studying forest fragmentation in Borneo

10 ways to source your food more sustainably

Are you an ecotarian? Naomi Pratt, SSCP-DTP student and, along with Ronan McAdam and Clea Kolster, co-founder of The Ecotarian  (@The_Ecotarian), shares 10 ways of reducing your diet’s environmental footprint.  Dictionary.com defines an Ecotarian as ‘a person who eats only food that has been produced in an environmentally friendly manner’. There are many reasons to consider the implications of what we eat at a larger scale than our … Continue reading 10 ways to source your food more sustainably

How can an oil and gas company prepare for a low carbon world?

  In the run-up to the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), countries have been submitting their plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020. But what steps is the oil and gas sector taking to help limit emissions? At a recent Grantham Institute talk, John Knight from Statoil spoke about the progress and actions his company is taking in addressing climate change. Zara … Continue reading How can an oil and gas company prepare for a low carbon world?

Thinking in circles: applying circular economy principles in London

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