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Urban Indicators for Sustainable Cities

By Editor on 25th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

Urban sustainability indicators are tools that allow planners, managers and policymakers to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of existing urban designs, infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and citizens’ access to services. They allow cities to monitor the success of sustainability interventions.

Two years on from the wettest winter on record, a new report identifies nine principles for communicating about flooding in a changing climate. It is a collaboration between Climate Outreach and Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC, the Climate Change Consortium of Wales and the Sustainable Places Research Institute. The findings of the report are the result of a workshop which brought together key voices on communicating flood risks including 27 climate scientists, social scientists, representatives from major NGOs and national policy-makers who have endorsed the report.

‘Projections of future flood risk in the UK’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

This report considers projections of future flood risk for the UK. It finds that significant additional investment and adaptation action will be needed to counter the increase in UK flood risk projected under a 2°C rise in global mean temperatures. It also finds that even the most ambitious adaptation scenarios will not be able to avoid the large increase in UK flood risk implied by a 4°C rise in global temperatures.

Significant disparities exist between policy intentions and actual outcomes in the built environment. Energy policies and practices figure prominently in buildings and the built environment, yet evidence suggests policy formulation and implementation is often ineffective. A lack of feedback or feed-forward loops exist for improving the relationship between the making of policy and subsequent understanding of its intended (or unintended) consequences.

This resource provides a global reference guide to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development. Over 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes globally, mostly pedestrians, and that number is growing every year. This hands-on guide aimed at planners and policy-makers takes examples from cities worldwide and includes 34 different design elements to improve safety and quality of life.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 08:30 to 13:00

Central Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:00 to 20:30

London, UK

‘City energy: A new powerhouse for Britain’

By Bridget Elliott on 23rd September 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

This report explores the options and the potential for cities to engage in the energy supply market and raise finance for investment in low-carbon energy infrastructure – particularly in local energy generation. It identifies a range of business model options, exploring how and why cities could finance investment in low-carbon infrastructure, and the ways in which cities could assume a central role in addressing the large investment shortfall in the energy sector and ensuring that decarbonisation goals are achieved.

Climate change urban food webinar- 'Food, Climate Change and the City'

By Bridget Elliott on 23rd September 2015
Found in: Events
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 15:00 to 16:30

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New international network on green urban infrastructure

By Bridget Elliott on 9th September 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

A new international network specialised in green urban infrastructure and bio-cultural diversity is providing a peer exchange platform for practitioners working in local governments as well as other experts in the field. The newly-formed European Learning Alliance will allow registered participants to exchange knowledge and experience with their counterparts across Europe. Participants will also receive information on the latest findings, tools and events related to boosting green urban grids as well as data on the social and economic benefits of green infrastructure.

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