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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has released two reports on the effect of a changing climate in care settings and on public health. Care provision fit for a future climate is one of the first studies to examine the risks of overheating in the UK care sector.  The study found that there are already overheating risks in care homes today, which will be exacerbated by climate change.  It recommends that designers, development teams, care home managers and staff need to recognise that excessive heat as well as cold can be a health risk.  It also recommends enhanced regulations, stand

Stalled Spaces Glasgow

By Editor on 10th February 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

‘Stalled Spaces’ is a community-led city-wide project initiated by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Glasgow Housing Association that focuses on the temporary use of vacant land, under-utilised open space and sites earmarked for development though stalled, to deliver a range of initiatives that promote health and wellbeing.  

Derwenthorpe is being developed as an urban extension of over 500 new homes in York to provide a socially and environmentally sustainable community.  The vision was to offer “a potential blueprint for family living in a truly sustainable community ‘fit for the twenty-first century’” (Derwenthorpe Business Plan, 2009).

In this recent study, researchers at the University of Essex and the Centre for Sustainable Energy used deliberative focus groups to understand what is needed to gain acceptance and engagement from domestic users with smart meters and prospective smart meter enabled services (SMES).

The Centre for Sustainable Energy is running a two-year project giving support to neighbourhood planning groups who are keen to integrate climate change and fuel poverty objectives into their neighbourhood plans.  CSE has updated its guidebook to Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning, which aims to provide a living document collating policy examples, good practice and helpful ideas from around the country, covering renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, flooding and green infrastructure.

In the aftermath of storm Desmond, this report by Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) can be seen as being of particular relevance.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00 to 15:30

This workshop, organised by Catherine Max Consulting, Climate UK and Durham University (BIOPICCC) will showcase approaches to building resilience in health and care services. It will be an opportunity to promote awareness of severe weather and future climate risks to health and well being among colleagues and community partners; make the business case for action; build alliances which successfully improve service and community resilience; and influence policy. 

A new evidence review by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, supported by four case studies, explores community resilience to climate change in the UK.

Energy Visualisation for Carbon Reduction event

By Bridget Elliott on 12th August 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 10:00 to 17:30

Plymouth, UK

This collection of papers by early-career researchers draws on in-depth field research in Latin America, Asia and Africa to explore the challenges of delivering access to modern energy services. The chapters document the ongoing inequities of energy landscapes across a range of geographies, scales and political economic contexts. The authors draw attention to the need to take local people's needs and livelihood aspirations into account in efforts to address the ‘energy trilemma’.

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