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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:

Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, used interviews with built environment professionals, together with a critical assessment of sustainability assessment methods, to explore whether sustainability measures constrain creativity and innovation in urban design. 

Sustainability Citizenship in Cities

By Editor on 15th June 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This new book, published by Earthscan/Routledge, seeks to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest in urban built environments as both responsibilities and rights. Contributors elaborate on the concept of urban sustainability citizenship as a participatory work-in-progress with the aim of setting its practice firmly on the agenda.

Date and Time: 
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 09:30 to 16:00

London

This seminar will examine the role of outdoor environments in supporting physical activity and associated health and wellbeing amongst older people. Outdoor environments have significant potential to promote, support and motivate physical activity, whether recreational or functional. 

The seminar will include sessions on:

Poverty, place and inequality

By Editor on 18th May 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

A new policy paper from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) identifies the profound effect that the built environment can have on people’s behaviours and opportunities, either limiting or enhancing their wellbeing and life chances.  It argues that ‘people-based’ approaches are not enough on their own to tackle issues such as poverty, inequality and anti-social behaviour.  Better built environments and stronger place-based initiatives can support and promote employment, educational achievement, better health and improved social mobility alongside conventional approaches which focus on w

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a guidance note to aid community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan. 

Policy changes from June 2015 have enabled local people to have the final say on planning applications for wind turbines.  The government introduced two pre-conditions that onshore wind proposals would have to meet in order to get planning permission:

Improving Access to Greenspace

By Editor on 18th May 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:45 to 17:00

This event, organised by Holyrood in conjunction with greenspace scotland, will explore the opportunities and challenges for meeting the objectives of the new 'Improve access to local greenspace' National Indicator – part of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

Cities – adaptation without mitigation is immoral

By Editor on 18th May 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 18:00 to 19:00

London

For the first time, the number of people living in cities has surpassed those living in rural areas. With such rapid increases in urbanisation globally, the complex challenge of how we support growing urban populations, ensure adequate supporting infrastructure and develop resilience against changing climates and environmental risks, has arisen. 

SDRN Mailing, 4 May 2016

By Editor on 4th May 2016
Found in: News

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