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This World Bank report focuses on three regions - Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America - that together represent 55 per cent of the developing world’s population and finds that climate change will push tens of millions of people to migrate within their countries by 2050. It projects that without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.

This new report demonstrates how nature‐based solutions (NBS) offer a vital means of moving beyond business‐as‐usual to address many of the world’s water challenges while simultaneously delivering additional benefits vital to all aspects of sustainable development.

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Foresight Future of the Sea

By Robert Lyons on 21st March 2018
Found in: Research and Resources

This new report from UK chief scientific officer includes, among other things, an examination of potential environmental changes that may directly and indirectly affect the UK, including ocean warming, sea-level rise, biodiversity, and chemical and plastic pollution.

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Researchers found that the kerbside system was less favourable economically and environmentally due to more packaging and more fuel consumption per tonne of waste, compared to a system where recyclable materials are deposited by residents in large containers. But the researchers suggest that measures such as re-usable boxes and efficient collection routes could help to mitigate the impact of kerbside collection.

This article explains the technological changes behind the three-fold increase in global crop production between 1961 and 2014 - that is, since the Green Revolution. It examines the 58 countries that are responsible for 95 per cent of food production and assesses the impacts of changes in land use, inputs and efficiency. 

The Security of UK Energy Futures

By Robert Lyons on 19th March 2018
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:30 to 19:00

London

Ensuring energy security is a central goal of energy policy in most countries. The UK is no exception.

This event will present the findings of our latest research into the how the increasingly rapid changes in the energy sector may impact future UK energy security.

Through the assessment of new energy scenarios, 'The Security of UK Energy Futures' considers how energy security in the UK could change up to 2050.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:30

London

There is now ample and robust evidence that green infrastructure is good for people’s health. How can we plan, design and manage green spaces to maximise their value to people’s health and wellbeing? How can we improve the health and wellbeing value of existing green spaces? What do we know – and what do we still need to research?

Debating Nature's Value Conference 2018

By Robert Lyons on 19th March 2018
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:00 to 18:30

The final event of the DNV network brings everyone together in Cambridge for a one-day conference, to coincide with a private view of the curated art exhibition featuring a commissioned work from local artist, Rosanna Greaves.

Keynote speakers confirmed include Craig Bennet, CEO of Friends of the Earth and Tony Juniper, Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF.

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The economic value of our green spaces

By Robert Lyons on 19th March 2018
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the Land Trust argues that well-maintained and well-managed green spaces change lives for the better, but only with long-term funding in place. 

Currently, the report argues, investment in restoring derelict land or transforming land into green space is perceived as having no economic value. Land Trust research, however, suggests this view is wrong and that there are positive economic benefits for all.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:30

Cardiff

This one-day seminar, organised by the Outdoor Recreation Network, will look at the changing nature of monitoring participation in outdoor recreation. It is aimed at researchers, analysts, academics and policy makers from across the Outdoor Recreation Sector.

The seminar will cover three main themes

  • Changes to national policy and strategy – and how that influences ‘what’ we want to monitor (for example measuring levels of physical activity or economic expenditure).

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