Explore the views of our academics on COP26 and the climate emergency.
Tree planting might seem like an easy answer to UK net zero efforts. But while the carbon capturing ability of trees is not in doubt, in this blog, Dr Alison Dyke argues that trees offer so much more to urban communities than photosynthesis.
Posted on 9 November 2021
The impact of climate change is especially devastating in densely-populated coastal regions, such as the Bay of Bengal. In this COP26 blog, York researchers Professor Piran White and Dr Papiya Mazumdar, together with collaborators from the region, highlight the often overlooked human cost of climate change. They call for the international community to be guided by local priorities and focus on human rights such as health, sanitation and education alongside efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Posted on 24 October 2021
The scientific evidence pointing to irreversible climate change is stacking up. But when politicians don’t appear to be taking evidence seriously enough, what can universities and researchers do to drive forward the changes we need asks Dr Abi Perrin from our Department of Biology.
Posted on 18 October 2021
The climate change conference offers a golden opportunity to tackle climate change - and at the same time develop policies to ease the burden of fuel poverty, argues Dr Carolyn Snell from our Department of Social Policy and Social Work.
Posted on 11 October 2021
As energy demand rises in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Joshua Kirshner and colleagues discuss India's role in delivering low carbon energy systems to the region.
Posted on 10 October 2021
Caribbean islands are often in the path of extreme weather driven by climate change. In this COP26 blog, Professor of Modern History Henrice Altink says the countries responsible for most of the CO2 emissions should divert more money to help these geographically and economically vulnerable communities adapt and survive.
Posted on 4 October 2021
Ditch the diesel car, eat less meat and think twice about that cosy wood burning stove. In this COP26 blog, atmospheric chemist Professor Ally Lewis sets out some of the simple steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint.
Posted on 26 September 2021