SDRN Mailing, 5 July 2017

By Robert Lyons on 5th July 2017
Research and resources


1. Call for abstracts: Second International Conference on Pollution Control and Sustainable Environment
This year's event, to be held in London on 5 & 6 October, will be organised around the theme 'Exploring New Horizons and Sustainable Technologies for Controlling Pollution'. Pollution Control 2017 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Pollution Control 2017. More…

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1. The Paris climate commitments: propositions for national action
11 July 2017, London
In December 2015, representatives of 195 governments concluded the historic Paris climate agreement. Countries’ national commitments for climate action – termed the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – form a vital part of the Paris Agreement. At this event, experts discuss progress in planning for NDC implementation across seven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Critically, the discussion focuses on how the NDCs are being mainstreamed into national development processes – so that climate change is not an isolated concern of environment ministries but owned across governments and beyond. More…
2. Webinar: An introduction to participatory land use planning - making it work for people and the environment

13 July 2017
Participatory land use planning is an internationally-recognised approach to making decisions about how land, water and natural resources are managed and used. In this webinar, Peter Phillips and Bill Sheate from Collingwood Environmental Planning will introduce this topic. They will draw on work they have undertaken for The Pentland Hills Regional Park, commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage. More…
3. Direct labour, past and present: the answer to the housing crisis, construction training and low energy building?

13 July 2017, London
The workshop is intended to assess the past history and significance of DLOs, to present inspiring contemporary examples, in particular from Glasgow and Yorkshire, and to discuss possibilities for the further development of direct labour. Today we face a severe housing crisis, the lowest level of construction training ever seen and the need for a transformation of the construction industry to meet low energy targets and address climate change. Does direct labour offer a solution? More…

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Research and Resources
1. Committee on Climate Change: 2017 Report to Parliament
The latest report from the CCC argues that two new plans covering emissions reductions and actions to prepare for climate change are needed to meet the UK’s climate change objectives. The plans to be developed by the new Government will be drawn up against a backdrop of changes that could help to deliver better policy. However, some of these changes also present risks to the delivery of those climate change plans. The report also suggests that climate policy is increasingly connected to wider issues, leading to new opportunities to create multiple benefits from action to address climate change. More…
2. A global economic assessment of city policies to reduce climate change impacts

This report for Nature Climate Change is a quantitative assessment of the economic costs of the joint impacts of local and global climate change for all main cities around the world. Cost–benefit analyses are presented of urban heat island mitigation options, including green and cool roofs and cool pavements. It is shown that local actions can be a climate risk-reduction instrument. Furthermore, limiting the urban heat island through city adaptation plans can significantly amplify the benefits of international mitigation efforts. More…
3. Agri-environment schemes: impacts on the agricultural environment

This thematic issue of Science for Environment Policy presents recent peer-reviewed research examining the impact of AES on European farming, with a particular focus on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. AES have been shown to benefit a range of animals and plants by increasing the number of individuals and species. However, as with all measurements involving complex ecosystems, the findings and causal links are nuanced, and sometimes difficult to isolate. More…
4. Circular by design: Products in the circular economy

This European Environment Agency report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps. More…

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