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Reliable and affordable sources of energy are fundamental to development and prosperity of any community.

In many parts of the world, concerns over fossil fuel emissions, infrastructure costs and supply vulnerability to extreme weather or civil strife mean that electricity supplies cannot be taken for granted, and adds to the complexity of the issue of supplying daily energy needs to rural or isolated agricultural communities. The Walker Institute has, over many years, encouraged research, development and on-the-ground implementation of clean, green, low-emission energy sources for vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia.

A reliable electricity supply is more than just providing power for heating, cooking and lighting – it enables community access to computers and knowledge access to the internet for schools and farmers, cooling for vaccines and other vital medicines, power for mobile telephone networks and, of course, charging points for telephones, laptops and other portable devices.

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Walker Institute partners with Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel for COP22

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walker Institute has partnered with the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) to exhibit at the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP2...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Monday, November 7, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “The Paris Agreement freed Climate Research” Jochem Marotzke, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Whilst our ...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib   “Our rainfall is changing, yet we need an encouraging method to show the benefits of new methods including us...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib ‘Only by co-coordinating can we ensure our collective impact is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Representat...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Thursday, November 10, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib “Two thirds of proven resources in oil, gas and coal need to be left undeveloped for a 2°C pathway.” Michael La...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Friday, November 11, 2016

By Caroline Dunning and Joshua Talib Friday arrived and I think we’re both feeling that it’s been a long week! Dr Alick B. Muvundika came by the Walk...

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Day 6 Blog: COP 22 - Marrakech Update

Saturday, November 12, 2016

More COP adventures took place on Saturday too, although I think we’d both confess that we were quite relieved to find out that the majority of events...

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 1 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Monday, November 7, 2016

COPbot makes its debut appearance today at the COP 22 climate change conference in Marrakech! COP 22 follows the Paris Agreement which came into forc...

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 2 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The second day of COP22 in Marrakech included the official opening of the Indigenous Peoples’ & Local Communities’ Pavilion, accompanied by speeches, ...

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 3 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Farmers Day at COP22. Session: Role of Farmers in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement Run by:  World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) and the Inter...

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 4 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fossil fuels supply and climate policy Given that fossil fuels are responsible for approximately 85% of anthropogenic CO2emissions (IPCC), reducing t...

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Day 5 Blog: COP 22 - University of Reading Perspective

Friday, November 11, 2016

“No jobs on a dead planet” – Just Transition Email: sandra.hansen@pgr.reading.ac.uk Session by: International Trade Union Confederations (ITUC), Ind...

The Walker Institute Big Event

The Walker Institute Big Event

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Walker Institute Big Event – Wednesday 14 December On Wednesday 14 December, we will be holding our informal pre-Christmas ‘Big Event’. Guests wi...

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Scientists ask Prime Minister to act on Trump climate policies

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Director of Walker Institute, Professor Ros Walker is among the many leading scientists in UK climate research to sign a letter calling on Prime M...

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Gender and Climate Change - a Global Issue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Climate change is something that affects us all. However, most at risk are low-income earners in the least developed countries and the majority of poo...

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Improving the accuracy of essential African weather forcasts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region.

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

New toolkit to raise risk awareness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Raising Risk Awareness initiative assesses whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves...

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

What can studying past climates tell us about climate changes happening today?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Blog by Sandy Harrison I was delighted to be spearheading a workshop held at University of Reading in July that brought together observationalists an...

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Prof. Ros Cornforth to open the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Professor Ros Cornforth, director of the Walker Institute has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Oxfam Resilient Solutions symposium held i...

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Upcoming Event: International Conference Climate Change impacts on Food & Nutrition Security

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Please read below for information about a very interesting upcoming event.  The Faculty of Food and Agriculture of The University of the West Indies,...

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Adaptation Futures 2018 - Dialogues for Solutions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Adaptation Futures is a biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) in co...

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture - Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 13th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture will be held at 6:30pm on 14th November 2018 in the Madejski Lecture Theatre, at which three industry specialis...

Leave no one behind:  Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Leave no one behind: Walker Institute welcomes the Katowice Climate Package and calls for equitable collaboration

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Walker Institute welcomes the announcement by UNFCCC of the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package by COP24 negotiating parties. This robust set...

Royal Institute - Making a material difference to green energy

Royal Institute - Making a material difference to green energy

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Saiful Islam will show how atomic-scale modelling and structural chemistry are helping us explore new energy materials for a low carbon future

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

COP24: Walker Institute dinner, driving debate on the need for multi-sector, multi disciplinary approaches to climate change solutions!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Check out our activities over COP24, our COP24 dinner with our Walker partners and our COPCAS project!

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Presidencies of COP23 & COP24 issued the Talanoa Call for Action calling for the urgent and rapid mobilisation of all actors to step up efforts.

What Really Happened at COP24

What Really Happened at COP24

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Join us for our annual post-COP debrief! Grab some food and settle down for an interesting and lively debate about what really happened in Katowice.

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Rising sea level: The crisis on our doorstep

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Oceanographer & author John Englander discusses surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, such as the latest projections for the coming decades...

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

New PhD Projects for 2019! SCENARIO NERC DTP

Monday, January 28, 2019

Check out all the new amazing available PhD projects that SCENARIO NERC DTP are offering in 2019! Deadline for applications 1st February 2019!

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Walker Welcomes Report on Glacial Melt

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A recent report published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and reported in The Guardian, found that limiting ...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

COP24: Rachael Thornley on In trees we trust...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Together with Scenario, we ran our annual COP Climate Action Studio. In addition to running interviews, our students had the chance to write blogs on ...

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Walker welcomes Dr Andrew Bennett onto Board

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Walker Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, BSc, DTA, MSc, DSc, FRSA, President of the Tropical Agricultural Association, on t...

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

HyCRISTAL: Filmmaking for a two-way dialogue in Uganda

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As part of the HyCRISTAL project, one of our post-doctoral research fellows, Dr Grady Walker, will be travelling to Uganda in March. Working with Futu...

IDAPS: Big data to help plan for climate shocks in East Africa

IDAPS: Big data to help plan for climate shocks in East Africa

Friday, March 29, 2019

IDAPS is facilitating effective livelihood policies in the face of climate change for improved resilience to climate risk

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