Reports and briefings

SGR publishes in-depth reports and shorter briefings, mainly as part of its project work. Pdf copies can be downloaded from this section, while printed copies can be ordered from the SGR office.

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This short technical paper analyses the main official data sets on UK military greenhouse gas emissions. It finds major discrepancies, and that headline figures considerably understate core emissions – by between 36% and 71%.

January 2022

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Militaries are high consumers of fossil fuels – and yet they are frequently exempt from publicly reporting their carbon emissions. This report examines the size of the military carbon footprint in the EU.

Stuart Parkinson and Linsey Cottrell

February 2021

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This report assesses the key environmental impacts of the UK military, arms industry and related sectors - including an estimate of their carbon footprint. Jointly published with Declassified UK.

Stuart Parkinson

May 2020

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This briefing examines the importance of behaviour change across society to help tackle the climate crisis, and the potential of scientists and engineers to act as role models for such change.

Andrew Simms with Stuart Parkinson

November 2019

Irresponsible Science?

This report reveals how fossil fuel and arms corporations are financing professional engineering and science organisations and explores the range of problematic issues that result.

Stuart Parkinson and Philip Wood

October 2019

 

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This report summarises a range of concerns about the rapid advances in AI and robotics - in areas such as lethal autonomous weapons, accidental nuclear war, fake news, online privacy, driverless cars and more...

Andrew Simms with Stuart Parkinson

November 2018

Nuclear Weapons: A catstrophe in the making

This report updates and summarises the latest scientific and technical information about the risks posed by the continued deployment of the UK's nuclear weapons.

Philip Webber and Stuart Parkinson

2015

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This report reviews evidence across a number of issues associated with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These include environmental and public health aspects and socioeconomic considerations.

Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane

2014

In this addendum to the SGR report, Offensive Insecurity (September 2013), we present an estimate of total UK government spending on nuclear weapons R&D, drawing on the data obtained for the report via freedom of information requests, and on further publicly available information about the different R&D spending streams.

Stuart Parkinson

2014

Offensive Insecurity

The role of science and technology in UK security strategies

This report reveals new data on the billions spent on continuing to develop Cold War-style weaponry that is not relevant to the UK's current security threats, as well as exposing the failure of government departments to account properly for hundreds of millions of pounds.

Stuart Parkinson, Barnaby Pace and Philip Webber

2013