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Energy bills could be cut by more than 60 percent - saving the average household over £600 a year - if homes were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, a report has revealed. The concept has already been proven and is operating successfully on a building in the UK.

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A new paper for Nature Scientific Reports arguest that while diesel-engined vehicles are currently a major source of particulate pollution, modern diesel vehicles actually produce lower levels of such emissions than petrol-engined cars. Whether gasoline or diesel cars are more polluting depends on the pollutant in question - in other words, that diesel cars are not necessarily worse polluters than gasoline cars.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 17:30 to 21:00

London

More than half of the 7.5 billion people on the planet now live in cities. Air pollution, overburdened infrastructure, biodiversity loss, and climate change currently threaten sustainable urban growth. How can we meet the needs of growing urban populations without sacrificing the natural environment and future sustainability?

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This report for Nature Climate Change is a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. Cost–benefit analyses are presented of urban heat island mitigation options, including green and cool roofs and cool pavements. It is shown that local actions can be a climate risk-reduction instrument.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 13:30 to 17:30

London

This briefing sets out why the scale of the air pollution problem in the UK requires a bolder and more holistic approach, which involves moving away from diesel vehicles (in favour of petrol and, ultimately, hybrid and electric alternatives), as well as a shift from private car ownership to car sharing schemes, public transport, walking and cycling. Not only could these shifts save thousands of lives, they could also drive improvements in two of the government’s other transport objectives: a reduction in congestion, and a reduction in road-based CO2 emissions.

Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report highlights how floods interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change.

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Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 09:30 to 19:00

London

This year's LowCVP annual conference will coincide with the publication of new transport and environment strategies for the capital. It will focus on how city-level policy needs to adapt to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and air pollution in an era of ‘mobility revolution’.

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Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral

By Robert Lyons on 17th May 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30

London

From growing populations, climate change, environmental risks and increasing dependencies of infrastructure systems, an invited expert panel will debate some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century; and consider how we can create and manage truly sustainable cities.  

Urban greenspace – space for nature and people?

By Robert Lyons on 11th April 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 16:30 to 19:30

London

This first joint BES Scottish Policy Group and ESCom Scotland event will discuss whether urban greenspace in Scotland is meeting our social, economic and biodiversity needs. Are the provision and management of greenspace on track to contribute to the delivery of our Biodiversity 2020 priority aims?

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