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This new report provides an overview that sets out the drivers, benefits and vision for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in the UK and is based on findings from a collaborative project that included extensive consultation and a literature review to understand the role of WSUD in the UK. The report describes WSUD as the process of integrating water cycle management with the built environment through planning and urban design.

The Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate Coordination Network (ARCC CN) has recently published this report based on the experiences of six ARCC projects. The study investigates how good collaboration between all partners contributes to better research outcomes. The report highlights that the benefits of effective collaboration are substantial, but working with the different expectations, aims and expertise of researchers and stakeholders can be difficult.

The CIRCLE-2 network has published a book of 22 case studies of implemented climate change adaptation measures.  CIRCLE-2 is a European Network of 34 institutions from 23 countries committed to funding research and sharing knowledge on climate adaptation and the promotion of long-term cooperation among national and regional climate change programmes. The book is designed to inspire science, policy and practice and it is hoped that it will assist in the branding of adaptation as a positive approach to facing climate change.

Net Balance, in collaboration with RMIT University and the City of Greater Geelong in Australia, has developed an ‘Adaptation Toolkit’ to assist organisations in prioritising their climate risks and adaptation actions. There are three separate tools that make up the toolkit.

KPMG launches Green Tax Index

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The UK has recently been named by audit and tax advisory company, KPMG, as one of the six most active countries in using tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieve green policy goals. The findings are the result of KPMG’s Green Tax Index, a tool created to increase awareness of the ‘complex, fragmented and rapidly evolving’ green tax landscape worldwide. The index analyses green tax incentives and penalties in 21 major economies, focusing on key policy areas such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, carbon emissions, green innovation and green buildings.

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.

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

Edinburgh University

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 09:00 to 17:30

University of Reading

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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
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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.