You may say “jam tomorrow”. But we say, “share today”

In this contribution to IF’s Worldwide Blog Week, IF supporter and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford, Danny Dorling, argues that rather than promising growth tomorrow, policy-makers should give more to younger generations today Slowing GDP growth We tend to assume that there… Read more »

The Brexit Generation: five years on

It is now five years since the EU Referendum result, five years along the path towards the “sunlit uplands” promised by those that supported Brexit. Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, investigates what benefits have been delivered for the UK’s young people.

How is the climate crisis being tackled in UK courts?

The success of the landmark climate lawsuit against fossil fuel company Shell serves as a reminder that companies and governments can be held accountable for their failure to protect the environment. IF senior researcher Melissa Bui outlines a number of ongoing climate lawsuits that are bringing forward similar legal challenges upon the government and key… Read more »

Earth Day 2021: Time to restore our earth

April 22 is Earth Day and the theme for this year’s event is “Restore Our Earth”. IF senior researcher, Melissa Bui, discusses the need for long-termism in policy-making in order to be able to shift our approach towards restorative strategies rather than mitigation or adaptation.

Carbon emissions are declining despite economic growth in 32 countries

Recent figures released by the Breakout Institute suggest that 32 countries around the world have been able to reduce their emissions whilst achieving economic growth since 2005. IF researcher, Melissa Bui, explains what it means to “absolutely decouple” emissions from economic growth and how the UK is performing in this respect.  

How promising is Drax’s proposal to build negative emission technology?

Operating what was once labelled as one of the most polluting power stations in the UK, Drax Group has recently announced a proposal to introduce a technology capable of removing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The technology in question, referred to as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage, has been the… Read more »

What does the Chancellor’s Spending Review mean for younger and future generations?

On Wednesday (25 November) UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his “Spending Review 2020” (SR2020) to Parliament, setting out the government’s spending plans for the coming year. IF student intern Hugh Nicholl interprets the SR2020 from the perspective of younger and future generations, and shows why tentative steps towards reform to RPI, likewise announced on Wednesday,… Read more »