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Interdisciplinary whole systems research has attracted increasing interest both in the UK and internationally as a response to complex societal challenges such as the sustainable energy transition. Yet, this article for Energy Research & Social Science argues, this  research is often poorly understood by funders, commissioners, assessors and the researchers involved, in terms of its particular aims and needs.

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An article looking at the findings from a new study commissioned by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the environment is playing a vital role in tackling the problem of poor air quality and helping to protect people’s health and reduce spending on healthcare.

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World Development Within Planetary Boundaries

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:30

The Centre for Environment & Sustainability (CES) and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) are delighted to invite you to join us at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK for the CES Annual Roland Clift Lecture which is presented this year by Professor Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. 

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Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar discusses progress and next steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK.

With the pending waste and resource efficiency report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, and with waste infrastructure forming part of the NIC’s 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, this seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to consider the policy priorities, and additional approaches that can be adopted, to better manage waste production in the UK.

UK Farming and the Environment Post-Brexit

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

Taking place in the context of confidence levels and investment falling among farmers and six months on from the publication of the House of Lords Energy and Environment Sub-Committee report which investigated the implications of Brexit for UK agriculture and food, this forum will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to discuss and debate future priorities for the UK Agriculture sector and ensuring farming communities receive the support they need to thrive in a post-Brexit world.

Future of Farming Support in a Post-CAP Age

Brexit&Environment network

By Robert Lyons on 17th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

In 2016 the UK voted to leave the EU. But what does Brexit mean for the environment, agriculture and fisheries? Whatever type of Brexit is delivered there will be significant implications for policy, politics and governance in the UK. 

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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