SDRN Mailing, 1 November 2017

By Robert Lyons on 1st November 2017
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Research and resources


1. Talking Climate in Texas - and living to tell the tale
Oxford, 15 November 2017
Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and a Christian based in Texas and has pioneered a way of talking about climate change that truly engages people as human beings and reaches even the most resistant of audiences. More...

2. Brexit: what future for climate and the environment?
Leeds, 6 November 2017
How will Brexit affect efforts to tackle climate change, in the UK and abroad? What will it mean for policy, law and the wider environment, and what does the future hold for citizens? More...

3. Heat, Greed & Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism & Sustainable Wellbeing
London, 8 November 2017
Professor Ian Gough, Visiting Professor, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, and Associate, Grantham Research Institute, LSE, presents his new book, which aims to build an essential bridge between climate change and social policy. More...

4. CECAN Seminar: Evaluating sustainability – is it possible?
London, 8 November 2017
Seminar with Dr Dorothy Lucks, Director of Sustainable Development Facilitation (SDF Global Pty Ltd). While it is difficult to empirically evaluate sustainability outcomes, it is possible to evaluate the process of decision-making to identify if decision-making is becoming more informed and working towards balancing social, economic and environmental priorities. More...

5. Understanding the Good Life: a discussion of current CUSP research
London, 16 November 2017
This talk we will focus on two studies exploring what a good life means to ordinary people - one based on work in Stoke on Trent, the other with children and young people taking place in a number of urban settings around the world. More...

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Research and Resources
1. Is Corporate Natural Capital Accounting appropriate for monitoring nature reserves?
A new report by Natural England finds that managers of National Nature Reserves (NNRs) found natural capital accounts helpful to identify goods and services provided by an NNR. But, it adds, a simple bespoke approach to monitoring the NNRs that embraces a natural capital perspective would be more appropriate. More...

2. Life beyond capital
In the latest in CUSP's essay series on the Morality of Sustainable Prosperity, Professor John O’Neill of University of Manchester argues that an appeal to natural capital is premised on a misunderstanding of prosperity that fails to properly grasp the place that relationships to people, places and living beings have within a good life. More...

3. Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800 000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. More...

4. The Emissions Gap Report 2017
A new UNEP report argues that current state pledges cover no more than a third of the
emission reductions needed to meet the Paris targets, creating a dangerous gap, which even growing momentum from non-state actors cannot close. More...

5. Sustainable Cities Mobility Index
Arcadis, a consultancy, has compiled this index of 100 of the world's leading cities in terms of the sustainability of their transport systems. Hong Kong was ranked top, with London coming seventh. More...

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