Issues

We currently focus on four main issues: disarmament and security, climate change and energy, questions of who controls science and technology and issues surrounding new and emerging technologies. You will also see that we work on some other issues too. You can explore these with the menu on the left of this page and with the search function. Material in this section includes all SGR's main outputs since 2005, with a selection of the more important material from before then.

An introduction to SGR's concerns and activities on climate change.

Latest update: 28 August 2020

Militaries are high consumers of fossil fuels – and yet they are frequently exempt from publicly reporting their carbon emissions. A new report by SGR and CEOBS examines the size of the military carbon footprint in the EU. Stuart Parkinson and Linsey Cottrell report.

23 February 2021

In November 2020, the UK government announced a huge increase in military spending, a modest increase in climate change spending, and an enormous cut to the overseas aid budget. Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at the implications for Britain's effort to tackle the climate crisis.

22 February 2021

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, outlines how a major increase in UK military spending will draw universities further into programmes related to nuclear weapons, armed drones, and military space technology - fuelling arms races and decreasing international security.

24 January 2021

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) welcomes the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and calls on the UK government to support it.

22 January 2021

 

Dr Jan Maskell, SGR, summarises how commuters changed their behaviour during the Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, and assesses the implications for tackling the climate emergency.

8 January 2021

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