News

A selection of the latest content on the SGR site.

Events

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, will highlight how a major increase in UK military spending will draw universities further into controversial programmes on nuclear weapons, armed drones, directed energy weapons, and military space technology.

Recovering from Covid-19, will responsible science and technology be tools of rapid change?

Part I: Responsible science and the climate emergency

SGR webinar

Presentations are now available to view or download!

 

Recovering from Covid-19, will responsible science and technology be tools of rapid change?

Part II: Responsible technology and the climate emergency

SGR webinar and AGM

Presentations are now available to view and/or download!

 

Resources

As the world approaches the 'entry into force' of a new United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons, Dr Philip Webber, SGR, summarises the key scientific and technological information on the current threat from these arms.

Latest update: 16 December 2020

Scientists, engineers and academics working in climate commit to personal behaviour change and calling out policy conflicts to tackle the climate emergency

10 December 2020

SGR response to UK govt announcements on boosting military spending, cutting aid spending, and slightly increasing climate spending.

30 November 2020

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, argues that we need to prioritise scientific research and improve communication of global catastrophic risks, if we are to avert disaster for human society and the natural environment.

19 November 2020

Presentation by Dr Lucy Gilliam, Transport and Environment, at SGR conference, Transition Now

7 November 2020

Dr Phil Johnstone, Sussex University, presents the evidence that the UK's nuclear power programme has strong military links. Presentation at the SGR conference, Transition Now

7 November 2020

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at how arms, car and plane companies retooled to produce medical ventilators. Presentation at the SGR conference, Transition Now.

7 November 2020

Prof Nick Robins, London School of Economics, examines how the banking sector can support a rapid, just, net-zero emission economic conversion across the UK.

7 November 2020

Prof Julia Steinberger, University of Lausanne, argues that tackling the climate crisis requires drastic changes to contemporary human society, but that decent material living for all the world's population can still be achieved.

4 November 2020

Prof Bill McGuire, University College London, warns about the risks of geoengineering as a way of dealing with the climate crisis, especially 'solar radiation management'.

4 November 2020

Jess Worth, Culture Unstained, looks at the lessons from the campaign to remove fossil fuel interests from cultural institutions and science museums.

4 November 2020

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) welcomes the 50th ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – reached late yesterday – which means the treaty will now enter in force on 22 January 2021.

25 October 2020

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, summarises the serious and growing threat from arms races in emerging military technologies.

3 October 2020

SGR's objection to the revised proposal for a huge new deep coal mine in West Cumbria.

2 October 2020

Dr Emily Heath, Ethics4USS, appeals to academics and others to support the campaigns to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels and other unethical industries.

23 September 2020

 

With a UK moratorium on fracking, attention is at last turning to alternative sources of methane. Wiebina Heesterman outlines the science and technology of anaerobic digestion, while Stuart Parkinson gives a brief overview of the potential of bio-methane to meet UK demand for gas.

27 August 2020

The aviation sector has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. But its huge environmental impacts mean we should take the opportunity to carry out major reforms, argues Prof John Whitelegg, Liverpool John Moores University, in the second of two blogs on transport issues.

29 June 2020

Prof John Whitelegg, Liverpool John Moores University, looks at how the UK can transition to a sustainable transport system by building on some of the changes pursued during the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’. In the first of two blogs, he focuses on surface travel.

12 June 2020

SGR’s Andrew Simms interviews the leading voice on climate science, Prof Kevin Anderson of the Universities of Manchester and Uppsala, about the responsibilities of scientists in the climate emergency

9 June 2020

The carbon footprint of British military spending is 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, a new SGR report has estimated - much higher than the Ministry of Defence admits.

19 May 2020
 

Andrew Simms and Dr Philip Webber, SGR, argue that the failure to follow principles of responsible science during the Covid-19 crisis compromises policy-making and threatens to undermine public trust.

6 May 2020

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, discusses the sudden interest by leading UK arms companies in manufacturing health equipment during the Covid-19 crisis - and the lessons for broader arms conversion.

29 April 2020

Dr Phil Webber, SGR, looks at some emerging implications from the Covid-19 crisis for policies related to health, social justice, science, economics, environment protection and security.

28 April 2020

 

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are profoundly affecting our world. Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, takes an initial look at some of the lessons we should be learning.

25 March 2020

Projects

To read the full text of 'A science oath for the climate', see the list of signatories, and/or to add your own name, please read on....

Extra background on the Science oath for the climate, including further reading and FAQs.

Publications

Responsible Science is SGR's new journal in which we explore some of the biggest ethical challenges facing science and technology today.

It comes with membership of SGR and keeps you up-to-date with what we’re doing.

March 2020

This briefing examines the importance of behaviour change across society to help tackle the climate crisis, and the potential of scientists and engineers to act as role models for such change.

Andrew Simms with Stuart Parkinson

November 2019

This report reveals how fossil fuel and arms corporations are financing professional engineering and science organisations and explores the range of problematic issues that result.

Stuart Parkinson and Philip Wood

October 2019