Articles Written by George Blake

Mineral Mining: the dark side of the green energy revolution

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 29th, 2021

The genuine momentum around a ‘green revolution’ towards a low-carbon economy is undoubtedly a hugely positive development. Although not all is rosy. Green technologies typically require more minerals than their more carbon intensive predecessors and these minerals are frequently sourced from mines associated with a huge suite of environmental, social, and ethical problems.

The ‘phase-down’ of coal: A radical agreement or underwhelming let-down?

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 18th, 2021

The climate agreement reached at COP26 is the first to explicitly address our global addiction to coal, but to many, the watered-down text represents a serious failure. While the last-minute reversal is unfortunate and is a hammer-blow to any hopes of remaining below 1.5°C, it is important to consider why India and China remain reluctant to a rapid phase-out.

Why climate finance must be reformed at COP26

Sustainable Leaders | Global, November 4th, 2021

Wealthy nations have long reaped the benefits of unconstrained pollution, often at the expense of others. Now within the context of climate change, all have a moral duty to assist lower-income countries to ensure their economies can develop in a sustainable manner. Yet it is these nations which continue to fail to meet their own climate finance targets.

How is climate change set to exacerbate the triple burden of disease within lower income nations?

People | Human Health , October 18th, 2021

Despite negligible emissions, lower-middle income countries (LMIC) are typically more vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change. Many LMICs are in a state of economic transition and are subject to significant burdens of communicable and non-communicable disease, both of which will be exacerbated under climate change.

Sub-Saharan groundwater supply in the face of climate change—an uncertain future?

Environment | Deserts, October 4th, 2021

Groundwater abstractions within sub-Saharan Africa must increase in order to satisfy the projected growth in water demand. Yet little is known about the renewability of groundwater resources, particularly under climate change, as limited observational data and modeling uncertainty is preventing any robust estimations.

Rising ocean temperatures are set to drive fundamental shifts in Arctic communities

Environment | Tundras and Poles, September 2nd, 2021

Rising ocean temperatures, sea ice decline, and the geographic re-distribution of Atlantic species are threatening vulnerable Arctic marine communities. Unless warming abates, Arctic species are likely to be replaced by boreal (Atlantic) generalists.