Resources and Pollution
The earth has a finite supply of naturally occurring resources, which human society uses for its own advancement and development. Research here looks to quantify the environmental implications of our need for resources like water, food, raw materials and chemicals, and how to meet this demand sustainably. The Institute is tackling challenges such as the pollution of the waterways and ocean by microplastics, reducing air pollution in our urban areas, and the effects of exploration and mining for the precious minerals or metals that are required by technologies required for low-carbon development.
Researchers at Imperial are leading a project to develop a systems approach to urban water management, to provide integrated solutions that enable required housing growth in London, while sustainably managing water and environment in the city.
Researchers at the Grantham Institute study the sources, impact and solutions to plastic in the ocean, drawing on Imperial's world-renowned expertise in engineering, physics and chemistry.
Explore our work
From assessing the impacts of air pollution, to considering the impact of climate change on water resources in India, read more about our work on resources and pollution.
Climate change and the human-made water cycle
This paper considers the impact of climate change on water resources and how the UK can plan for the future by implementing a sustainable water cycle.
Blog: Don’t blame plastic, blame poor waste management
Professor Chris Cheeseman considers the plastic pollution crisis, and why designers and engineers are fundamental to developing a long-term solution.
Experiences and lessons in managing water from Cape Town
This briefing provides an overview of the conditions that led to drought in Cape Town, the impacts of the crisis, and the interventions implemented.
Blog: How can cities save the ocean from plastic pollution?
What is the impact of urban plastic pollution on marine environments, and how can policy and local action can help prevent ocean plastic pollution?
Novel policy tools to assess the impacts of air pollution
This briefing outlines how reducing pollutants that warm the atmosphere will have immediate benefits for climate impacts as well as air quality.
Integrating green and blue spaces into our cities
This briefing considers how blue-green infrastructure can improve the overall quality of life in cities through sustainable urban development.
Climate change impacts on the water resources of the Ganges
This briefing discusses the impact of climate change on water resources in India, and considers adaptation strategies for water resource management.