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A new Green Alliance policy insight reviews the electricity system in the UK, which is currently sustained by the exact correspondence of electricity demand and electricity supply. 

CPRE’s sixth paper in its Housing Foresight Series develops the idea of Public Transport Oriented Development – an approach that seeks to integrate land use and transport planning in a sustainable manner.  Effective coordination across many authorities can result in better access to, and take-up of, public transport through the development of high density residential areas close to stations/commuter belts. 

Two new reports investigate ‘smart-eco’ policy trends in the UK and the Netherlands, including case studies of 10 UK cities and four Dutch ones.

The concept of the ‘smart-eco’ city reflects what is often a large overlap between the newer ‘smart’ agenda (usually focusing on areas such as ICT, urban infrastructure and governance) and the existing sustainability agenda (covering areas such as energy, waste management and mobility as well as economic development).

Researchers from Lancaster University and Save the Children have produced a new report on a study exploring children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods, in which they worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience.  

They found a number of factors which impacted on children’s wellbeing, including:

Child in the City Conference 2016

By Editor on 28th September 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:00 to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 16:00

Ghent, Belgium

The Child in the City Conference is organised to enable social scientists, researchers, practitioners, politicians and city planners from all over the world to share their thoughts and develop new ideas to meet the needs of children in modern cities.  

This year’s conference themes are:

The SHARPER report by Arup & Partners focuses on how climate change impacts, continued urbanisation and an ageing population are affecting London, New York and Shanghai.  It highlights the risk of heatwaves to the elderly in London, using satellite data to obtain surface temperature maps and socio-economic data (factors such as population density, health, mobility and quality of housing) to develop a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) for the city, to gain an understanding of where the population is most at risk. 

A new report by Harry Quilter-Pinner and Laurie Laybourn-Langton for IPPR highlights the impact of air pollution on public health in the UK, and London in particular, where the mortality impact of nitrogen dioxide and particulates in 2010 was estimated to be equivalent to up to 9,400 premature deaths.  Air pollution is therefore the second most significant factor impacting on public health in London, after smoking.  The report finds that London is breaking legal and WHO limits for particulate matter; most air pollution in London is caused by road transport, of which diesel vehicles are the

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

Professor the Lord Krebs, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change and Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra, are key speakers at this seminar which will consider policy priorities for climate change adaptation and planning for the upcoming UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (January 2017). 

The European Environment Agency has published a report stressing the benefits of investing in long-term preventative measures that cities should take to improve their resilience to climate change events, such as more extreme flooding or prolonged heatwaves.  It gives an overview of progress made by in adaptation by cities in the last couple of years and poses the questions: Is what cities are already doing leading to attractive and climate-resilient cities?  If not yet, what needs to change? 

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change has produced an Evidence Report on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change, to inform the second (five-yearly) Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be presented to Parliament in 2017.

The report highlights the top six areas of inter-related climate change risks for the UK:

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