UCL in the Media
18 December, 2015, EurActiv
Professor Michael Grub discusses how the Paris climate conference largely succeeded on its first day in global participation, low carbon innovation and carbon pricing.
14 December, The Times (£)
Professor Simon Lewis (UCL Geography) said: “To meet a target of well below 2C above pre-industrial levels will require leaving the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves in the ground”
13 December, The Guardian
Even if this agreement is accepted in Paris, plenty of opportunities remain for governments to change and for legislatures to fail to ratify. It will be particularly difficult to deal with the US Congress. Ilan Kelman, UCL
13 December 2015, The Independent
“Time will reveal the true nature of the Paris Agreement. From epic turning point, to naïve expression of hope, it is the real-world actions that follow that will decide,” said Professor Chris Rapley, a leading climate scientist from UCL.
12 December, The Times (£)
Professor Michael Grubb (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) says the 1.5C target was not credible because it would require the government to raise energy prices and build thousands of onshore wind farms.
8 December 2015, The New York Times
Environmentalists and others say that too little has been done to rein in ship emissions. Tristan Smith's 2014 report for the IMO is mentioned, and he is quoted saying the shipping industry's emissions are "invisible to the general public"
7 December 2015, Hellenic Shipping News
As 2015 comes to an end, they explore 9 areas marking 2015 as a green year in the shipping industry, including number 3: The Sustainable Shipping Initiative Urges Reduction of CO2 Emissions, based on the UCL Energy Institute's Tristan Smith's report for the International Maritime Organisation on greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.
5 December 2015, Climate Home
Speaking at a side event of COP21, industry and observers warn the International Maritime Organization is letting key sector off the hook, including UCL Energy Institute's Tristan Smith, who said much deeper emissions intensity cuts were needed. Based on a 2C warming limit and the sector continuing to account for 2-3% of global emissions, the figure should be 80-90% by 2050.
4 December 2015, BBC Newshour Extra
Mark Maslin, professor of climatology at UCL, was part of a panel of experts discussing adaptation potential and strategies. Discussion of food price hikes, fossil fuel subsidies and investment, human cooperation, equity of funding for adaptation, simple solutions (or floating cities!), living underground. Adaptation not because we have given in to climate change, or instead of mitigation, but to avoid suffering.
1 December 2015, Los Angeles Times
Michael Grubb, professor of international energy and climate change policy at UCL and an advisor to Britain at the Paris conference, said a hard cap on India's carbon emissions, as requested by Western countries, is essentially "out of the question"
1 December 2015, New Statesman
Ahead of COP21, a panel of experts including Institute for Sustainable Resources Director Professor Paul Ekins discussed the challenges of removing carbon from electricity generation.
29 November 2015, CCTV - English
International experts are praising China's pledge to cut CO2 emissions and increase its share of non-fossil fuels by 2030. UCL's professor Chris Rapley said ahead of COP21 that China's pledges were hugely impressive.
"I think all of this is hugely impressive; the promises and pledges China is making. China is showing real international leadership in this issue, which we see as being incredibly welcomed," said professor Rapley.
25 November 2015
"Integrating knowledge about climate change into day-to-day decision making is key", Prof Arthur Petersen of UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy contributes to Euroscientist report.
24 November 2015, BBC Newshour
Ahead of the COP21 Paris meeting Mark Maslin, environmental scientist at University College London who has been studying climate change for more than 20 years, answers listeners questions on the future for aviation, kerosene and nuclear power.
23 November 2015, BBC Newshour
Ahead of the Paris Climate talks, UCL's Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy and former environment adviser to to the Dutch government Arthur Petersen, was interviewed for BBC Newshour to answer public questions about solutions for climate change. Could veganism or planting more roadside trees be the answer?
19 November 2015, ResearchProfessional
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources), quoted in a ResearchProfessional article by Craig Nicholson, says optimism ahead of COP21 is due to 134 commitments made by national governments in advance of the talks, under the title of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, including one from the EU on behalf of its 28 member states. This “remarkable” pre-emptive action has already achieved more than many people were expecting.
18 November 2015, BBC R4
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) says cuts to renewables and a new programme to build more gas-fired power stations is damaging for investors and means the UK is unlikely to meet its carbon reduction targets. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hour 18 mins), Read: BBC News