We are living with a changing climate. The pace of change is more rapid than ever before and the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heatwaves, flooding, drought and coastal surges is increasing. Without climate action there will be major changes to our planet and everything that exists on it.
The target is to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, cut emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
The imperative to achieve these goals was made even more pressing in April 2022, when the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave an urgent warning that 'rapid and deep emissions reductions in all sectors of the economy' was required with 'strong climate action in this decade' otherwise it would be impossible to stay below the 1.5 degree rise.
All sectors of the economy are affected therefore, actions (mitigation and adaptations) must cut across all sectors.
Building on our experience of cities and climate change, urban sustainability, nature-based solutions and engagement, Silent Spring Consultants can help you think and act holistically - working in silos in not an option.
Collaboration, bringing together different knowledges and expertise to break down barriers and speed up the pace of change is what we can help with. Silent Spring Consultants think and act strategically to bring about meaningful actions to combat the challenge of climate change and help reach the net zero target.
Selected Publications and Research Projects on Climate Change by Dr Andrea Armstrong:
- Armstrong, A. & Bulkeley, H. (2014) Micro-hydro politics: producing and contesting community energy in the North of England, Geoforum, 56.
- Armstrong, A. & Bulkeley, H. (2013) New climate change initiatives in the UK: Energyshare and Hexham River Hydro, Durham University.
- Armstrong, A. & Bulkeley, H. (2013) New climate change initiatives in the UK: HSBC, Durham University.
- Bulkeley, H. H. Schroeder, K. Janda, J. Zhao, A. Armstrong, S. Chu & S. Ghosh (2011) The role of institutions, governance and planning for mitigation and adaptation by cities, in Hoornweg, D., Frire, M., Lee, M., Bhada, P. and Yuen, B (eds) Cities and Climate Change: responding to an urgent agenda, The World Bank; Washington, DC, pp 68-88.
- Bulkeley, H., Schroeder, H., Janda, K., Zhao, J., Armstrong, A. Chu, S. Y. & Ghosh, S. (2009) Cities and Climate Change: the role of institutions, governance and urban planning. Report for the World Bank Urban Research Symposium: Cities and Climate Change.
New Climate Change Initiatives in the UK was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project involved two areas of work: first, the HSBC Climate Champions Programme and second, the Energyshare campaign where energy projects across the UK competed for funding. We focussed on an Energyshare winning project called Hexham River Hydro which aimed to create a 100kW community hydro power generation scheme on the River Tyne in Northumberland.
Climate change and ‘double injustice’ in the UK was funded by the Durham Energy Institute Small Grant scheme. The project was a scoping study exploring the issue of climate change and double injustice whereby those most vulnerable to climate change are also those experiencing the most disadvantage. Services