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On 9th May 2013, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958. As reported on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website (, the rate of increase has accelerated since the measurements started, from about 0.7 ppm per year in the late 1950s to 2.1 ppm per year during the last 10 years.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 09:00 to Friday, September 27, 2013 - 18:30

Edinburgh University

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 09:00 to 17:30

University of Reading

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 08:30 to 13:00

Central London

Future Earth UK Town Hall Meeting

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, June 21, 2013 - 09:00 to 17:30

The Royal Society and the British Academy are hosting a town-hall meeting to discover more about the new Future Earth initiative led by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in collaboration with the International Social Science Council. Future Earth is a 10-year international research venture that will develop the collaborative knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 09:30 to 17:00

UCL Lecture Theatre, London

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 17:30 to 19:30

UCL Energy Institute, London

This article published in The Environmental Forum, the policy journal of the Environmental Law Institute, compares and contrasts the actions of two important countries that have an historic ‘special relationship’—the United States and the United Kingdom. Suggestions as to what these two counties can teach each other about climate change and sustainable development at the national level are provided in the article.

The Royal Automobile Club Foundation for Motoring (RAC Foundation) and UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) have just published a report by Ricardo-AEA on the future of low-carbon cars and fuels. The report describes how industry consensus and market projections suggest that there will not be a single, dominant technology or fuel going forward in the way that there has been over the last century (i.e. with the monopoly of the internal-combustion engine). Instead, there will be a range of solutions for different transport applications.

This new book by Arjen Hoekstra explains how the concept of a ‘water footprint’ can be used to quantify and map the water use behind consumption and guide reduction of water use to a sustainable level. A number of case studies are included in the book that illustrate water use along supply chains, and how water consumption at one place is often linked to water use at another. For example, it is calculated that it takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of beef, or 8,000 litres of water to produce a pair of jeans.