Water quality is a crucial indicator to the health of river ecosystems, yet as many as 47% of European water-bodies do not meet ‘good ecological status’. With more than 189,000 km of river in the UK alone, monitoring is an extensive task. Current water quality monitoring approaches lack spatial and temporal resolution which means pollution is not being sufficiently detected and fixed.
Spending time in tranquil spaces has clear benefits to people’s health and well-being. The protection and enhancement of tranquillity is therefore an important step for a civilised, healthy society. This applies both in rural environments, where current levels of tranquillity may be high but under pressure of development; and in urban environments, where tranquillity may be relatively low but, compared with a busy surrounding area, a location which feels only “slightly” tranquil may be considered to be a valuable resource.
In this webinar, Joe Freemantle co-founder of the ambitious start-up Green Phoenix and Adam Donnan, CEO of the IES explored Joe's experience of being an entrepreneur in the environmental science sector. Joe co-founded Green Phoenix waste solutions in 2015 with Thomas Kouroughli and Samuel Geddes. The company aims to tackle the 1 million tonnes of absorbent hygiene waste that ends up in landfill each year in the UK.
Located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is the world’s highest BREEAM-rated office building to date, providing approximately 1.1 million square feet of sustainable office space.
Human activity in the land sector, such as deforestation and agriculture, is currently responsible for around 10% of carbon dioxide emissions and a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the land is a natural sink for CO2, taking up around a third of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Reducing these emissions and enhancing natural sinks are key to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. In countries’ climate pledges (i.e.
Science communication is a skill that many scientists find difficult, but it's one of the most important. Many experts struggle to simplify their own knowledge and make it digestible for people to understand. It is crucial that science is accessible, especially when aiming for specific groups or demographics to absorb information and make behavioural changes. How can you turn words into actions?
With global temperatures rising, acute weather events are presenting a fundamental challenge to societies and businesses around the world. Climate change poses an increasing threat to global social and economic infrastructure. Climate resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb the stresses imposed by climate variability, allowing systems to evolve into a more robust state that are able to better withstand these threats.
This webinar is the first part of our new webinar series 'Entrepreneurship in the Environment' which will explore the culture and attitudes around entrepreneurship in the environmental science sector. Over the coming months, we will hear from a range of successful entrepreneurs, who have pioneered innovated and grown businesses in the sector. Our speakers will share their experiences and discuss key challenges and opportunities they faced when establishing their businesses.
This webinar explores some of the challenges and solutions involved in mapping city-scale urban needs in a rapidly changing Indonesian major metropolis. Harry Knibb, principal consultant within WSP's Sustainable Places, Energy and Waste Team, drew from a recently completed project, commissioned by the IFC, to develop a city wide low carbon roadmap to align with the national target of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as required under the Paris Agreement.
Since the vote to leave the EU in 2016 the future of UK farming has been uncertain, compounded by the repeated delays to the publication of Defra's 25-year plan.
As farmers' await clarity over the changes to farming subsidies, Vicki Hird discusses options for supporting farms post-Brexit, and whether these will encourage sustainable behaviours and enhance natural capital.