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SDRN Mailing, 1 March 2017

By Robert Lyons on 1st March 2017
Found in: News

This report updates a previous UKERC study, published in 2006, which reviews the evidence on integrating variable renewable sources such as wind and solar into power systems. The new report argues that the key challenge facing policymakers, regulators and markets is delivering a flexible, low carbon system that makes best use of variable renewables whilst minimising overall cost and enhancing security and reliability.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30

University College London

This UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & UCL Energy Institute joint public lecture features special guest speakers Michelle T Davies, Global Head of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Group, Eversheds,  and the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change.

A new report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that the government needs to set out new modelling on air quality following the High Court’s latest ruling and a new approach to air quality post 2019; an emissions reduction strategy that will allow the UK’s carbon budgets to be met; and effective noise mitigation measures enforced by an Independent Aviation Noise Authority. The Government must not allow our air quality standards to be watered down as a result of leaving the EU.

Sustainability Scholarship: The view from the editor’s desk

By Robert Lyons on 27th February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:30 to 14:00

University of Gloucester

Dr Rodrigo Lozano from the University of Gävle, Sweden, will introduce this seminar on the developing field of sustainability scholarship from an editor’s point of view. It will explore key themes in current scholarship, areas for development, publication options and impact, as well as tips for developing academic profile in this area. The event is free to attend and a light sustainable buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. Contact brainbow@glos.ac.uk for more details and to reserve a place.

Overheating in Buildings: Adaptation Responses

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This Building Research & Information special issue explores the unintended rise in internal temperatures during warm weather, which can lead to heat stress and constitutes a public health problem.  Many countries do not currently rely on air conditioning for comfort.  However, the inability to create comfortable buildings in many temperate climate zones such as the UK where air conditioning was not necessary will have a perverse outcome by increasing summer electricity usage and create a dependence on air conditioning.

The Urban Heat project examined the potential role of the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the development of local climate resilience. The final report provides a snapshot of the UK ‘heatwave planning’ and ‘community resilience’ national, regional and local policy and practice landscapes. The reports also offers a compelling, evidence-based analysis of the untapped potential of the VCS to contribute more fully to local planning and practice in climate resilience and emergency planning. 

SDRN Mailing, 1 February 2017

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: News

Envecon 2017: Applied Environmental Economics Conference

By Robert Lyons on 1st February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 08:45 to 19:30

The Royal Society, London

Now in its 15th year, this one-day conference brings together environmental economists from public and private sectors, academia and consultancy to share results of recent research and to discuss issues relevant to the practical application of environmental economics in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.  This year, you will hear papers on climate change mitigation and adaption, appraisal and accounting, market based instruments, and showcasing new approaches to land and water management in Europe, and many other topics. 

This report is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society’s vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base.

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