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Smart Cities UK Conference 2017

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 08:30 to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:45

London

Across the UK we are seeing more and more examples of smart city transformation. Key 'smart' sectors utilised by such Cities include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. Against the current background of economic, social, security and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in the UK face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously.

Call for Papers: Beyond Oil: mobilising alternative futures

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Calls

The next Beyond Oil conference will be held in Bergen, Norway on 25-27 October 2017.

Papers are welcomed on the following themes:

  • Capacities for change: theorising the inertia and instability of energyscapes;
  • Mobilising and/or scaling climate and energy transformations;
  • Politicising urban life: power and inequality in transformations;
  • Innovative methods and processes for research, learning and governance.

The closing date for abstracts is 28 April 2017.

SDRN Mailing, 4 January 2017

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

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The MPs looked at the legislative, trade, and financial issues and make recommendations for action to secure the future of the natural environment. They call on the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation after Brexit.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, the University of Exeter and the James Hutton Institute have identified a set of key ‘sticking points’ that they believe inhibit consideration of the natural environment in decision-making. The briefing provides potential solutions. These include the creation of knowledge networks and the use of political ‘windows of opportunity’ such as flood incidents to get messages across. The briefing uses findings from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, as well as more recent research undertaken by the organisations involved. 

2017: What’s Next in the Fight Against Climate Change?

By Robert Lyons on 3rd January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 13:30 to 14:30

Houses of Parliament

2016 was quite the year in politics, not least for those of us fighting climate change. The ratification of the Paris Agreement was a historic moment, but the rise of climate-sceptics to position of power threatens to slow down global momentum.

Shaping the Paris Mechanisms

By Robert Lyons on 3rd January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established three approaches for countries to cooperate with each other: cooperative approaches, a new mechanism to promote mitigation and sustainable development ('sustainable development mechanism'), and a framework for non-market approaches.

Date and Time: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 09:30 to 15:30

Open University, Milton Keynes

Part of the ESRC Seminar Series (2015-17) – Green Innovation: Making it Work.

Arctic Resilience Report

By Robert Lyons on 3rd January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This report is the concluding scientific product of the Arctic Resilience Assessment, a project launched by the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

The Speird Project

By Robert Lyons on 14th December 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Scottish Government’s statistics now show that rural households spend more on energy to heat their homes than urban equivalents. However, research conducted by the project team using data from households in Renfrewshire has found this ‘energy spend gap’ is more significant than those statistics suggest, whilst other research has shown that influences on the energy spend of rural households are also highly multi-facted.

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