Latest Blogs

  • Long Island Railroad Train, from wikimedia commons

    The urban risk machine: Municipal debt and climate change in the city

    Patrick Bigger writes about green bonds and climate finance.

  • US Navy Amphibious Ships, from wikimedia

    Weaponizing Nature

    Military excursions into low carbon fuels is not a case of military greenwashing but rather one of ‘weaponizing nature’, an approach perpetuating an interventionist US foreign policy linked to environmental change, write Patrick Bigger (Pentland Centre) and Ben Neimark (LEC)

  • Carbon catch-22: the pollution in our soil

    Bad behaviour doesn’t usually have good consequences but our fossil fuel and fertiliser habits may have had some “good” environmental side-effects. Our new research suggests that the last 200 years of pollution have increased the carbon stored in soils across natural ecosystems in Britain. And this locking in of carbon in soils provides an offset for some of our carbon emissions. But the catch-22 is if we kick our polluting habits, this carbon is at risk of returning to our atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

  • Soil tracks going through grassland

    Three Reasons to Raise the Profile of Soils in Business

    Sustainable soils are everyone’s business and the connections go far beyond farming and food sectors. Yet soils are largely missing from the corporate sustainability agenda. On Global Soil’s Week, here are three reasons why I believe we as scientists should team-up with global corporations on the path to soil security...

  • Pentland in the news 3

    We set up an Arctic basecamp at Davos 2017. Here are 5 reasons why

    World leaders and decision-makers need to take note of the dramatic changes taking place in the Arctic - written by Gail Whiteman (The Pentland Centre), Jeremy Wilkinson (British Antarctic Survey) and Konrad Steffen (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research)

  • Green cities by NNECAPA Photo Library(CC BY 2.0) 874x289

    Sustainable Cities

    Stefan Stern talks about a recent webinar discussing the idea of the sustainable city.

  • Lingxuan Liu blog piece

    Effectiveness of supplier development for Sustainability

    Dr Lingxuan Liu talks looks at supplier development programmes in China.

  • Gail Whiteman video still

    The Arctic is the real barometer of global risk

    Professor Gail Whiteman from the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business discusses Arctic ice melt and its impact on business.

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    Forget the FTSE 500: the Arctic is the real barometer of global risk

    Rapid changes in the Arctic are a warning sign that our social-ecological-economic system is out of whack, argue Gail Whiteman and Jeremy Wilkinson.

  • Pentland in the news 3

    Greenland’s ice sheets are disappearing faster than predicted - here’s why you should care

    Gail Whiteman and Konrad Steffen outline three key reasons why melting in Greenland poses significant global economic risks.