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SDRN Mailing, 4 October 2017

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: News

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. This article in Ecosystems Services traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered.

This report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency finds that total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to increase in 2016, by about 0.5 per cent, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent.

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A new report by the Overseas Development Institute and Climate Action Network finds that from 2014 to 2016, EU governments provided 997 fossil fuel subsidies, provided through fiscal support, public finance and investment by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). In total, 11 European countries and the EU provided at least €112 billion in subsidies per year.

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While there is growing interest in participatory research to address issues around environmental sustainability, the focus of analysis tends to be on the results or products of the research rather than the processes involved. In this new book, the authors draw on their experience of specific mapping techniques, based on different systemic concepts and theories, that have helped facilitate, explore and capture different understandings of the relationships, perspectives and boundaries within situations involving environmental sustainability.

Powering Cities in the Global South

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) highlights fundamental energy challenges facing cities in the global South and offers practical solutions for how cities can meet the needs of the underserved city dwellers while charting development models that slow carbon emissions.

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Grazed and confused?

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the Food and Climate Research Network examines claims made by different stakeholders in the debate about so called ‘grass-fed’ beef, the greenhouse gases the animals emit, and the possibility that, through their grazing actions, they can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Social Limits to Growth: Implications for sustainable prosperity

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: Events
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Monday, November 13, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00

This Autumn, CUSP and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth will be hosting a debate to mark the 40th Anniversary of Fred Hirsch’s ‘The Social Limits to Growth’. The panel discussion will be chaired by Caroline Lucas MP and Prof Tim Jackson, with speakers including Professor Diane Coyle and Professor Donald Hirsch (son of Fred Hirsch).

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

With the UK set to miss its 2020 renewable targets, and following the recent private acquisition of the GIG and the Green Deal Finance Company, delegates will consider opportunities for attracting further private investment in green projects.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 13:30 to 17:00

This Centre for Sustainable Energy half-day workshop will examine the potential of smart energy technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable households.

The workshop will combine an exploration of the opportunities on offer, live demonstrations (hopefully!), case studies of current best practice and will consider the policy and market settings for future action.

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