Successful applications to the Nexus Network thinkpiece call of June 2014 have now been announced. Thirteen applications were chosen from over a hundred high quality applications from academics, policy and business organisations, both in the UK and from around the world. The selected thinkpieces will tackle issues from the governance of the nexus; energy, food and water security in West Africa; impact investing; fast-moving circular goods; citizen science and imagining a sewerless society.
A new guidance document has been released, which for the first time, brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. Published by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, the report sets the planning context in the four nations, and provides the background to community food growing. The bulk of the report is structured around the different issues that food growing helps to address, from sustainability to residential amenity via health and wellbeing, green infrastructure, regeneration and many other agendas.
Video presentations from two events recently held by the Grantham Institute have now been made available and can be viewed below.
'In the balance: Can we halve global emissions by 2050' was an evening lecture and discussion to launch an EFL and Grantham study on the technologies and costs of halving global CO2 emissions by 2050. The event was held 17th September 2013 and featured a welcome address by Sir Brian Hoskins, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, as well as talks by: Dr Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director for Implementation Strategy, UNFCCC; Professor Nilay Shah, Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London; and Lord Nicholas Stern, Director of the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Further information about the programme for this event is available here.
'Climate change and global food security' was a Grantham Special Lecture held 16th October 2013 by Professor Martin Parry, Grantham Institute and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. A summary of some of the issues covered in this lecture is available here.