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The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK

By Robert Lyons on 26th April 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published a new report arguing that the government has no clear plan for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The report questions whether the government has a clear plan for meeting the Goals, and calls for a Cabinet-level minister to take responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals across government and to report on progress every three years from 2018.

Global trends in renewable energy

By Robert Lyons on 25th April 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report for UN Environment’s Economy Division finds that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts to global power capacity in 2016, up eight per cent from the 127.5 gigawatts added the year before. The added generating capacity roughly equals that of the world's 16 largest existing power producing facilities combined. Investment in renewables capacity was roughly double that in fossil fuel generation.

This first set of annual reports give insight into the progress Scotland’s public sector is making towards meeting Scotland’s climate change targets. The reports also provide useful insight into how the Scottish public sector is responding to the challenge of climate change within each organisation, including how the sector is contributing to carbon emissions reduction, climate change adaptation, procurement policies and activity.

Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet

By Robert Lyons on 25th April 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:30

Edinburgh

Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRiED) and RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Food Coalition, are hosting this talk by Professor Tim Benton, Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and former “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme, on the impacts of our food system on the environment.

Brexit and the environment: An opportunity or a threat?

By Robert Lyons on 25th April 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00

Sheffield

The EU has championed environmental causes, but it hasn't been perfect. Does increased sovereignty post-Brexit create a threat or an opportunity, and how could it help us achieve environmental goals? Join politicians, policy-makers and EU law experts to discuss whether the UK environment will be better off after Brexit. Part of Sheffield's Festival of Debate.

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Date and Time: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 17:00 to 18:45

London

Professor Frans Berkhout will deliver the Annual MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Guest Lecture 2017. Planetary Health, defined as ‘…the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends’ seeks to integrate health and environment research and policy at a fundamental level. The talk will set out the Planetary Health concept and discuss some key challenges for research and policy which emerge.

Climate Change in the Media: The greatest story never told?

By Robert Lyons on 25th April 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 18:00

Kings College London

Climate change has been labelled ‘one of the greatest challenges facing humanity', and at the same time the mainstream media consider it a ‘difficult story'. What is going wrong, and who is responsible? Professor Joe Smith will draw on twenty years of experience of research and practical projects at the join between media decision-making and environmental research and policy to sketch out some answers.

This symposium, organised by the  Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme, the World Sustainable Development Research and Training Centre and Canterbury Christ Church University, takes place in Canterbury on 8 November 2017. The event will involve researchers in the field of humanities and sustainable development in the widest sense.

IPBES will be seeking expert reviewers for the Second Order Drafts of the thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration, and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa; Americas; Asia Pacific; and, Europe and Central Asia. The consultation period runs from 1 May - 26 June 2017 (29 May - 24 July for the Americas assessment). Contact the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub (IPBES@jncc.gov.uk) or visit the website to find out more about the consultation process.

NERC invites applications to join an advisory group that will provide an independent and impartial steer to activities under EEF, a new programme of activity, led by NERC and supported by ESRC. EEF will pave the way to addressing the crucial medium to long-term challenges and exciting opportunities that present from the UK leaving the European Union, including optimising sustainable environmental management and ensuring the resilience of our ecosystems and the quality of our environment.

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