UK Energy in Numbers


An infographic from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provides an at-a-glance overview of current trends in the UK energy system. Published in the summer 2016 edition of the ESRC’s magazine, ‘Society Now‘, statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) provide an insight into the challenge faced

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Alternative Visions of a Low-Carbon Future


A low-carbon economy – with a target of an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide levels, on 1990 levels, by 2050 – is a long-standing objective of UK energy policy. But what will a low-carbon economy look like and what will it be like to live there? A paper in Energy Policy by Gavin Bridge and colleagues (‘Geographies of energy transition:

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Afforestation to ‘Slow the Flow’


There is growing recognition amongst policy-makers and land managers that poor land stewardship can exacerbate the risks of floods and droughts, with the need to ‘work with natural processes’ in order to both increase resilience to climate change and deliver positive conservation outcomes. Such ‘win-wins’ resulting from the integrated management of land and water are the focus of a joint statement from the Society

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Full Panel Confirmed for Flooding Policy Forum on 8 November


The panel for the next in the series of 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum events is now complete. ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood-Risk Management in the UK‘ will take place at the Society on Tuesday 8th November, chaired by BBC Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin. The panellists are: Martin Rogers, Flood Management and Access Adviser, National Farmers’ Union Carly Rose, Associate Consultant, Mary

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Going Green or Business as Usual? What Might the Future Hold for Energy in the UK?


Are we likely to meet our targets to increase the use of renewables to 15%  of our total energy use by 2020, or to decarbonise our economy by 2050? In 2040, will we as citizens and will our elected Governments prioritise reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, or material wealth for consumers, with little regard for the environment? It is of

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Place Matters When Improving Resilience to Flooding


Research by a team of geographers at the University of Exeter, published this summer and launched at the RGS-IBG, shows that understanding the significance of place to communities and individuals is important when considering how to adapt to the risks of flooding and build resilience to future flood events. The attachment felt by people to places can lead to a desire to maintain particular

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Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK, 8 November, London


Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK Tuesday 8 November 2016  Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR   How can the UK move towards a comprehensive strategy for sustainable flood-risk management for the next 25 years, effectively tackling one of the greatest 21st Century challenges for our society, environment and economy? Expert panellists, drawing on significant insights

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