Anita Shepherd, University of Aberdeen

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

At the University of Aberdeen, Astley Hastings and myself have published several papers on projections for bioenergy crop Miscanthus x giganteus. I have travelled across England looking at commercial crops from Worcester to Norfolk and what I have discovered is that our commercial miscanthus are robust bioenergy crops against weather events, they sequester soil carbon on low grade agricultural land, and have a ready market of small power stations to use them.

The key why miscanthus is so sustainable lies in its ability at end of season to reabsorb its nutrients into the rhizome for…

Wolfson College Interdisciplinary Research Hubs

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Collaboration and interdisciplinarity is key to achieving the green recovery we desire. At Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, our researchers have brought about positive change by working with industry, and through the innovative use of interdisciplinary methods.

Dr Chris Town, a computer scientist and research fellow at Wolfson, was inspired by the work of marine biologists studying manta rays. The marine biologists were painstakingly going through thousands of images to manually identify individual mantas, so Dr Town developed a pattern matching algorithm to automate the task. With the help of the MantaMatcher algorithm, we now…

Dr Fernando Barrio and Angela Mutsotso, Queen Mary Global Policy Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

On 12 December 2015, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, a historical achievement and a turning point for global climate action; 196 State parties reached a consensus to take urgent and decisive steps necessary to keep the rise on global temperature to well below 2°C (3.6° F) and ideally to limit the increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F) in relation to the pre-industrial period (1850–1900).

This agreement should be understood in the context of the long…

Thomas Lützkendorf, Maria Balouktsi and Rolf Frischknecht

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Climate Exp0 impressively showed the intensity and diversity of efforts to secure the natural basis of life for the future by reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. There are many initiatives in a wide variety of fields of action, declarations of intention and proposed solutions. To ensure that this is going in the right direction, it is necessary to quantify and monitor the efforts and the success of reducing environmental impacts. This applies to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts which threaten life on earth. To this end, the provision and use of…

Tatiana Bruce da Silva, Bizibrains Okpeh

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

While greenhouse gas emissions may be nationalised, the devastating effect of climate change is universal. It ensures unequal suffering around the world, with developing countries bearing a greater burden of the damaging impacts of increasing global warming. To rid the global atmosphere of greenhouse gases, we need mitigation solutions, effective, efficient, and sustainable technologies.

Meet Tatiana Bruce da Silva

One of the many renowned researchers who are creatively innovating new ways to combat climate change is Tatiana Bruce da Silva. Born in Pernambuco, a state in one of the poorest regions in the Northeastern…

Sharmila Sumsurooah, University of Nottingham

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

I enjoy flying. Discovering the natural beauties of different parts of the globe and experiencing the diversity of different cultures make me feel connected as one world. Yet, I am also aware that air transport breathes out millions of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere yearly, which is not good for our dear planet or for humankind. My wish is to fly more sustainably, but I do not see any green aircraft to book my flight on.

Or, not yet at least. As a researcher in the aerospace sector, I know that more than ever…

Vidya Bhamidi, Saket Sarraf, Surabhi Joshi

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

The dual forces of urbanisation and climate change require cities to upgrade and adapt their physical and social infrastructure. Cities are preparing climate action plans along with their urban development plans to respond to the climate crisis. The aim is to mitigate the climate impacts, adapt to the new reality, and evolve as resilient cities, providing a safe and sustainable living environment for its residents.

The residents, however, experience differentiated impacts of climate change based on their gender. They are differently positioned to contribute to, benefit from, or be disadvantaged by the climate crisis…

Caitlyn Hughes, Bizibrains Okpeh

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Eating is essential for humans to survive, and as a result, we engage in the act of cooking. Most people make use of unclean and unsustainable fuels and technologies — firewood and open fire cooking — especially in developing and middle-income countries of the world. But these are not without real consequences. While we cook, eat, and live, by using these carbon-emitting fuels and technologies, we also cook the earth, contributing significantly to global warming. Therefore, solar cookers offer a veritable and sustainable solution towards mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.

Solar Cookers International (SCI)

Edward Leigh

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

We haven’t begun to engage seriously with decarbonising road transport. The first problem is with the 2050 net-zero target, which is a highly misleading proxy for what actually matters: the accumulation of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere, which is driving climate change. The IPCC’s notional global carbon budget from 2020 was 495 gigatonnes of CO2e to have a 50% change of containing global temperatures within 1.5°C of pre-industrial levels. The world is currently on track to exhaust road transport’s share of that carbon budget before 2030.

The second problem is that industry lobby groups have misled…

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

Last week Climate Exp0 saw more than 5,200 people in 150 countries convene virtually for a five-day conference to discuss how research and academia can support the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) with six months to go until Glasgow.

UK and Italian Government Ministers and senior officials joined us to make clear the case for action and how we can support the COP26 Presidency Goals. In this piece, we distill their key asks to help us shape the actions we can take for COP26 and beyond.

The conference was opened by the Rt Hon Alok Sharma…

Climate Exp0

Climate Exp0 is the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).

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