climate change


Europe’s heatwaves and the search for effective adaptation

Despite evidence of climate-change related heatwaves, too few cities are adapting, with lethal effects. Policy Leader Fellow Alejandro Sáez Reale describes some of Europe’s successes and failures and calls for greater commitment by government and business leaders to use the resources and know-how that are available.

The ‘Justice’-COP’s invisible stakeholders

Debates at COP27 remind us that intergenerational justice is gaining political salience – despite the concept’s elusive and contested meanings. In this post, Law PhD candidate Daniel Bertram summarises the recent revival of intergenerational claims in lawsuits around the globe and argues for an expanded view of future generations.

COP27: No adaptation if the risk isn’t perceived

At COP27, the world’s leaders are discussing the need to speed up climate action. In this post, Policy Leader Fellows Petra Krylova and Alejandro Saez Reale examine the association between people’s perceptions of climate change risks and good governance, using the global Climate Perceptions Index.

Is US–China cooperation on climate possible?

Despite the two rivals’ public commitment to cooperate on reducing carbon emissions, neither is in the position to act decisively or stay the course. In this post, Professor of Law and Governance Peter Drahos reviews the main political, economic and environmental constraints.

Climate change: We need to talk about methane

Ambitious emissions reductions are on the agenda at the COP26 summit starting in Glasgow this weekend. In this post, Principal Investigator of the PASTRES project, Ian Scoones, points out some common misconceptions about the relationship between livestock and climate change, and why differentiating between extensive and intensive livestock production and their contrasting contributions to greenhouse gas emissions is so important.

Fire, fire, everywhere

Climate change and human error are driving increases in catastrophic wildfires around the world. Nevertheless, SPS researcher Risto Keivabu finds optimism in the potential for smart policies to diminish the threat.

Is the Middle East running out of water?

Water scarcity is often indicated as yet another point of conflict in the Middle East. However, water sector specialist and former STG Policy Leader Fellow Edoardo Borgomeo sees reasons for optimism in the vast range of strategies available for managing diminishing water resources.