Issues: Climate change and energy

Climate change and energy

SGR produces a range of outputs on the issue of 'Climate change and energy'. This covers climate change science, technological and policy responses to climate change, energy supply technologies (especially renewable energy and nuclear power), energy use and energy efficiency (including in transport and buildings), and related policy and lifestyle issues.

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

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

 

Farhana Yamin is an international climate change lawyer who swapped negotiating rooms for street protest. Frustrated by the failure of official action to match the scale and speed of what was needed, she decided to change her own behaviour and use non-violent direct action to campaign for system change. Here she explains why she changed tactics.

1 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

Bill McGuire, Professor Emeritus, University College London, argues that mainstream climate science reports downplay serious threats such as sea-level rise, extreme heat, and increased seismic activity. 

6 July 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 Rebecca Willis, Lancaster University, writes about overcoming social denial of the climate emergency, drawing on her new book Too Hot to Handle? The democratic challenge of climate change

22 June 2020