Understanding climate change｜The Anthropocene｜Built environment and transport｜Climate justice and governance｜Sustainable energy solutions ｜Climate resilience and adaptation｜Human health and climate change｜Sustainable economics and finance
Human impact on ecosystems, health and society
The impact of humans on our planet is now so extensive that many scientists are declaring a new phase in the Earth's history: The Anthropocene, a human‐dominated epoch of geological time. Climate change is arguably the definitive Anthropocene phenomenon.
Securing a fair, sustainable future for all
Climate change is an ethical, political and legal issue, as well as an environmental issue. UCL researchers from a range of disciplines are working to understand the complex depths of legal and governance institutions in the wake of the climate crisis, and to ensure responses to climate change are fair, sustainable and just.
Building a better future
How and where we live as we adapt to future climates is of major concern to nations across the globe. UCL specialists – from engineers to urban planners to ecologists – are reimagining urban development to create urban environments that take less of a toll on the world’s climate and resources.
UCL is at the forefront of efforts to build sustainable energy systems. We’re applying the full force of our interdisciplinary expertise to develop innovative battery and fuel cell technologies, and smart solutions to reduce home energy, and shaping global energy policy to reduce emissions and achieve energy security for all.
Facing humanity’s most crucial challenge
Climate change is one of our greatest long-term global challenges, with dire consequences for human health, wellbeing and livelihoods.UCL is mounting a comprehensive response drawing on many academic specialties and working with partners in business, academia and civil society.
The impact of climate change on human health
Addressing climate change is the biggest opportunity for safeguarding human health; requiring an ultra-coordinated response across sectors and disciplines. UCL has been at the forefront of defining this opportunity through its contribution to the seminal joint UCL Lancet Commission on health and climate change.
Reimagining a green economy
The unprecedented scale of the climate crisis demands radical thinking in how we design and finance the global economy. Researchers at UCL are rethinking economics and finance, to secure livelihoods and create jobs, safeguard resources and minimise waste, and stimulate sustainable, shared growth.