Research and resources
1. Call for papers: World Symposium on Climate Change Communication
Papers are invited for a symposium to be held in Manchester from 22-24 February 2017, which is being organised by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). Since the phenomenon of climate change is global in nature, many people do not believe it is related to them. Yet, most impacts of climate change are local and the sooner people realise that climate change is a matter that affects them and needs to be taken seriously, the more rapidly the required mitigation and adaptation measures may be implemented. This symposium will focus on communicating climate change across society and will provide a platform for reflections on climate change communication research and practice. The deadline for abstract submissions is 30 October 2016. More...
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1. Global energy challenges: oil prices, climate change and rising powers.
19 October 2016, 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm, University of Westminster, London
Since the 2000s the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, growing climate change concerns, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. This panel discussion seeks to provide new perspectives on world energy prospects and challenges. The panellists include Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in London, Dr Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Dr Tom Wales, Group Political Adviser at BP's Government and Political Affairs section. The event will be chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Dannreuther and has been organised by the University of Westminster’s Department of Politics and International Relations which is home to the new interdisciplinary MA programme Energy and Environmental Change. The event is free but registration is essential. Register via Eventbrite.
2. Child in the City Conference 2016
7-9 November, Ghent, Belgium
The Child in the City Conference is organised to enable social scientists, researchers, practitioners, politicians and city planners from all over the world to share their thoughts and develop new ideas to meet the needs of children in modern cities. This year’s conference themes are Child Friendly Policies; The position of children in the city; Children and the built environment; and Refugee and immigrant children and young people in cities and municipalities. The event will feature several parallel sessions and interactive workshops as well as visits and discussions based on the practical experience of projects in Ghent. More...
3. Next steps for waste and recycling policy in the UK
10 January 2017, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm, London
Timed to follow a year on from the introduction of the EU Circular Economy package of reforms, and in the context of the recent Government ban on microbeads set for 2017, this seminar will discuss the next steps for implementing measures to improve resource efficiency and the future for the waste sector in the UK. Delegates will assess strategies for changing consumer behaviours and the effects of the rollout in 2016 of minimum pricing for plastic bags in England, alongside ways in which sustainability can be embedded at all levels of the supply chain. Following the publication of WRAP’s framework for improving consistency of waste and recycling collections across England, further sessions will examine the latest developments in energy from waste, the progress towards increasing recycling rates on a local and commercial level, and innovative business models in the circular economy. More...
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Research and Resources
1. Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience
Researchers from Lancaster University and Save the Children have produced a new report on a study exploring children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods, in which they worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience. They found a number of factors which impacted on children’s wellbeing, including: loss of valued personal and family possessions, friendship networks, familiar spaces, education; experience of fear, anxiety, poverty, isolation, unfairness, destruction, stress, uncertainty, being ignored/misunderstood; and lack of flood education provision in schools for children and all staff. More should be done to provide more information to children during and after flooding as they have a right to know how to prepare, what to expect and how they can contribute. The research showed that children can play an active part in helping their communities during and after a flood and derive benefit from this. More...
2. Electric vehicles in Europe
A new report from the European Environment Agency provides a non-technical summary of electric road vehicles in Europe, including those with hybrid technologies. It summarises developments on the path to a more sustainable transport system, explains how electric vehicles work and describes the different types of vehicles on the market, outlining their respective advantages and disadvantages. The report looks at measures that promote electric vehicle use and identifies the main barriers restricting their broader use. More...
3. Measuring to manage your resources: Advice and support for organisations in Scotland
This implementation guide from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, describes how organisations can effectively measure and monitor their use of energy, water and raw materials, in order to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to reduce resource use, improve environmental performance and save money. It provides a clear 5-step guide – Understand what is driving resource use; Identify data requirements; Collect data; Analyse and evaluate the data; and Identify improvements and take action – with key performance indicators for specific sectors, links to useful tools, and case studies. More...
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