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Andrew Simms, SGR, summarises the overlooked extremism of mainstream political positions on climate breakdown, militarism, and false technological solutions.

20 May 2024

Dr Beth Stratford questions whether there really is a destructive conflict in the urgent next steps for climate action between advocates of ‘degrowth' and 'green growth’. Here she delves into the debate’s background.

13 May 2024

Long established critic of overconsumption and advocate of simpler living, Australian academic Ted Trainer, speaks to SGR’s Andrew Simms about limits to technological responses to the climate and ecological emergency.

13 May 2024

Prof Kevin Anderson, University of Manchester, and researcher Simon Oldridge argue that the UK government’s hydrogen energy plan isn’t green at all: it’s an oil industry swindle designed to continue pollution-as-usual.

24 April 2024
 

The Zaporizhzhia region in Ukraine houses the largest nuclear power station in Europe. It is currently in an intensely fought war zone. Dr Philip Webber, SGR, explains some of the risks of radiation releases that this poses, both nationally and internationally.

17 April 2024 (updated)

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at the ways in which our use of military-friendly language and our acceptance of military funding and branding - including in science and technology - can increase society's acceptance of war.

12 April 2024

Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh, Bath University, argues that when it comes to tackling climate breakdown, changing the behaviour of the world’s high consumers guarantees better results than just trusting to technology.

21 March 2024
 

Dr Philip Webber and Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, assess the scale of the Israeli military assault in comparison with other wars, and consider the possibilities for peace.

13 March 2024 (updated)

Prof Paul Rogers, University of Bradford, examines the interlinkages between the world’s major crises, and outlines some ways forward.

21 February 2024

Andrew Simms, SGR, argues that the vote by Parisians to triple parking charges for SUVs should be the start of a much wider crackdown.

14 February 2024

Prof Steve Thomas, Greenwich University, assesses the considerable obstacles to the UK government’s target for new nuclear power.

9 February 2024 (updated)

Prof Bill McGuire, University College London, summarises the disturbing evidence on tipping points in the climate system.

7 December 2023

Alasdair Beal argues for broader and stronger action in the transport sector to tackle climate change and air pollution.

22 November 2023

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, summarises the ways in which militaries and nuclear weapons can contribute to catastrophic climate change.

17 November 2023

 

 

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, debunks many of the myths used to justify the continued development and deployment of nuclear weapons, both in the UK and globally.

9 November 2023

In light of plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria, Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, discusses alternatives to the coal industry, especially options for decarbonisation of the steel sector and local green jobs.

26 October 2023

Dr Stuart Parkinson and Dr Emily Heath, SGR, outline the role of behaviour change in tackling climate change – including SGR’s 10 'Fair Lifestyle Targets' for 1.5°C-compatible living.

25 October 2023

 

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, examines the latest data on the carbon emissions of the UK military - and reveals new insights on military claims that they are 'greening' their activities.

29 September 2023

 

Academic publisher’s response to SGR/UCS petition on climate pledges falls short.

19 September 2023

 

 

Andrew Simms, SGR, assesses the research so far on behavioural change during the COVID-19 pandemic, and considers the implications for tackling the climate and nature emergencies.

12 September 2023
 

Airlines have missed 98% of their previous environmental targets yet they keep urging more people to fly. Andrew Simms, SGR, discusses the industry's contradictions and how these can can be tackled.

16 August 2023

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, summarises the key scientific and technological information on the current threat from nuclear weapons.

20 July 2023 (updated)

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, summarises the latest research on what is – and isn’t – known about the size of global military carbon emissions.

8 July 2023

A new report has uncovered the “disturbingly close” relationship between the military-industrial sector and UK higher education, especially in areas related to Autonomous Weapons Systems. Nico Edwards, Sussex University, summarises the findings.

6 June 2023

Prof Kevin Anderson, Manchester University, summarises the action necessary if governments and societies were really committed to keeping global temperature change close to 1.5°C - and how there would be wider benefits too.

19 March 2023

The UK government is considering increasing its military budget in the wake of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, outlines eight reasons why this budget should not be increased.

10 March 2023

Projects

Find out how to make your lifestyle compatible with the 1.5°C climate goal enshrined in the Paris Agreement with our 10 evidence-backed targets.

 


 

Events

SGR online conference and AGM

From the war in Ukraine to the climate emergency, from economic crises to disruptive technologies, the world is confronted by what many are calling the 'polycrisis'. This event offered analysis of false solutions and where we should really look for hope.

Videos of main presentations now available.

Publications

This short technical paper critically examines the progress that the Ministry of Defence has made in meeting carbon targets at its UK military bases. It concludes that the 2025 targets are very weak, and emission reductions to date are mainly due to non-military action.

May 2023

 

SGR's annual journal. Features cover: what would serious climate action look like?; nuclear power problems; human & environmental costs of the Ukraine war; carbon offsets; global military carbon emissions; and much more!

The journal comes with membership of SGR and keeps you up-to-date with our activities.

May 2023