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Farm support after Brexit - how sustainable can it be?

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.

 

 

Soil Technology: Sustainable food production from the ground up

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.

'Clean Coal' - Oxymoron or Opportunity

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.

Webinar: Shaping UK trade to support climate goals

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.

Webinar: What does Brexit mean for my EU funding?

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.

Webinar: An introduction to the circular economy

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.

Webinar: Funding for innovative applied environmental science

Are you thinking about innovation in your work as a business or member of a research group? Do you have a good idea for an innovative product or service? Innovate UK, formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board, is a major funder of applied research and development by UK industry and universities. Some £0.5 Billion is allocated as grants every year, to stimulate innovation in UK science and technology, and to assist in growing the UK economy.

Science and the law webinar - Richard Broadbent, Natural England

In a fascinating webinar, Richard Broadbent of Natural England, discussed the idea of the scientific method and how the resultant concepts of scientific confidence and uncertainity influenced the legal concept of the Precautionary Principle upon which EU environmental policy is based. Other approaches to regulation and environmental law and policy were presented, including the Water Framework Directive and the Aarhus Convention.
 
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