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With globalized trade, a significant share of the environmental impacts linked to a country’s consumption of goods and services takes place outside its borders. There is a growing interest among policy-makers in many countries in finding ways to reduce such external environmental impacts of consumption. But it is not always clear what policy instruments might offer the most efficient ways of doing so. This policy brief outlines steps that governments can take to identify policy instruments they can use to reduce their countries' extra-territorial environmental footprints.

Envecon 2015: Applied Environmental Economics Conference

By Bridget Elliott on 3rd February 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:45 to 19:30

The Royal Society, London, UK

A new briefing note outlines evidence on the role of the Public Forest Estate managed by the Forestry Commission in helping to tackle physical inactivity. It draws on research into the health benefits of forests but also greenspace and green infrastructure in which trees are often an important or key component. It argues that the Public Forest Estate in England is extremely versatile and has the potential to contribute to cost effective solutions for the health sector targeted at preventing ill health and also in recovery and treatment programmes.

ISIE Conference 2015- 'Taking stock of industrial ecology'

By Bridget Elliott on 20th January 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, July 10, 2015 - 17:00

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

The Environmental Audit Committee has released a report which follows up on its 2011 report on Air Quality. Since then further scientific evidence has emerged on the link between air quality and health. The European Commission has started proceedings against the UK for failure to meet pollution limits on Nitrogen Oxides.

UNEP Green Infrastructure Guide

By Bridget Elliott on 14th October 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

A Green Infrastructure (GI) Guide launched at World Water Week in September is set to raise greater awareness of the benefits of GI solutions for water resources management. The Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management: Ecosystem-based Management Approaches for Water-Related Infrastructure Projects responds to the increasing recognition that GI represents an important opportunity to address the complex challenges of water management.

Every year, the European Environment Agency seeks to raise awareness around a number of environmental issues through the publication of its annual Signals report. Signals 2014 focuses on the links between our well-being, the economy and the environment. The report explores how our well-being depends on the extraction of resources for the production of essential items such as food, buildings, furniture, electronic devices, and clothes. Yet, our exploitation of resources outpaces the environment’s ability to regenerate them and provide for us.

A recent working paper by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out the essential premise of their ‘Towards A New Social Settlement’ project: that the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability are profoundly connected and interdependent. The paper examines why these goals are linked together and how they affect each other. It then explores the implications for policy and practice, arguing that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth.

Natural Capital Summit- ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’

By Bridget Elliott on 19th August 2014
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00

British Library, London, UK

Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. A special issue on ‘Health Benefits of Nature’ has been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.