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Community resilience to climate change

By Robert Lyons on 27th March 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

Disadvantaged groups need to be helped to cope with the cost pressures caused by climate change, according to a new report compiled by the University of Dundee for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report warns that shocks such as extreme weather events and stresses like changes in the cost of living will interact to generate hardships for local communities.

Decarbonised Energy and Water Resilience Conference

By Robert Lyons on 27th March 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 13:00

London

There has been limited study to date on the environmental impacts of crime prevention measures. This paper for Security Policy addresses this shortfall by estimating the carbon footprint associated with the most widely used burglary prevention measures: door locks, window locks, burglar alarms, lighting and CCTV cameras. Window locks are found to be the most effective and low-carbon measure available individually.

Making Futures will be held on 21 & 22 September 2017 at Plymouth College of Art. The call for abstracts is now open and the closing date for receipt is 22 May 2017. Making Futures is a research platform exploring contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ within 21st century society. The aim is to examine and promote the possibilities for maker economies built around contemporary craft, neo-artisanal design-to-make and related creative micro-entrepreneurs and movements.

European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2017

By Robert Lyons on 27th March 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 09:00 to Monday, June 5, 2017 - 18:00

The ESDW is a European-wide initiative to stimulate and make visible activities, projects and events that promote sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are currently 393 initiatives included across 11 different countries, and applications to take part are welcomed.

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The authors of this paper compare the impact of intensification in the beef and dairy sectors via two pathways; either intensification within a system (eg, a mixed crop-livestock system) or through transitioning to another more productive system (from pasture to mixed crop-livestock production) and assesses the mitigation potential that could arise. The paper reviews the impacts of these forms of intensification on both GHG emissions, land occupation and land use change (LUC), the last of which has often been excluded in other similar analyses.  

Seventh International Symposium on Energy

By Robert Lyons on 27th March 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 17:30 to Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 17:00

Manchester

Smart cities have been criticised for implementing technology in ways that do not pay sufficient attention to political or social issues. In response, a new paper by three members of the International Eco-Cities Initiative investigates the role of the public in smart city initiatives. The paper identifies four modes of publicness - ‘service user’, ‘entrepreneurial’, ‘political’ and ‘civic’ - and finds that the first two modes are dominant in the digital initiatives that are analysed.

SDRN Mailing, 15 March 2017

By Robert Lyons on 15th March 2017
Found in: News

This new report offers a clear account of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable

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