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.
Exploring how soil technology can help ensure a sustainable future in food production.
Land comprises a range of natural resources including soil and water that are under increasing demands from a growing human population. To avoid degradation, these natural assets require careful management.
Huge benefits can be achieved through better land management, leading to a more sustainable environment that is resilient in the face of changing land use, climate change and extreme weather events.
The recent advancement of power generation technology has provided a new opportunity for coal. Through the progression of new technologies increasing power generation efficiency, alongside the development of safe capture and storage of carbon dioxide reducing emissions, the concept of ‘clean coal’ has emerged.
With reference to impartial information, analysis and research on all aspects of coal, Dr Lesley Sloss explores some of the controversy behind 'clean coal' and its disputed future.
To date, international agreements on trade and climate change have tended to be negotiated in isolation. Yet rules in trade agreements have huge implications for governments’ ability to meet their climate change commitments. The Energy Charter Treaty, a deal which specifically covers investment in the energy sector – covering both fossil fuels and renewables – is perhaps the most obvious example. However, rules agreed at the World Trade Organisation and between countries are also impacting on government policy space to tackle climate change.
Since the EU referendum result was announced, focus within the sector has been on how Brexit may affect the environment in terms of legislation and regulation. There has been less focus on a vital area for environmental scientists; what happens to science funding? Lots of environmental research is collaborative, involving research groups based across both the UK and other EU countries.
Circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear model in which products are made, used and disposed of. In contrast, the circular economy model aims to recognise value and eliminate waste by maintaining products, using them for longer, and using waste from one product to maintain another. Such a system has multiple benefits: as well as sustainability improvements, a more circular system reduces the risk of supply and price changes, lowering the cost of products, and can create new jobs in areas like reverse logistics.
In this video by Science for Environment Policy, for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment, Dr Mark Everard, IES Vice President and Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services at UWE, explains what Ecosystem Services are, how they're valued and applied, and why an ecosystem approach to decision and policy making is important.