Flooding: National problem, local solutions? 11 March 2017, Cumbria

On Saturday 11 March 2017, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s 21st Century Challenges team and North West region will hold a discussion in Cumbria focusing on how communities are building resilience in the face of increased flood risk and whether Cumbria’s experience can help develop a flood plan for the whole of the UK. Saturday 11 March 2.30pm – 6.00pm (Discussion

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A ‘United’ Kingdom? – Policy Forum: Thursday 16 March 2017

A ‘United’ Kingdom? – Policy Forum 6 March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm  (Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm; networking reception 8.00pm – 9.00pm) Join our expert panel to discuss how we can tackle divisions and inequalities within places and communities across the UK at the latest 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum. Click here for more information.   Explore past events in the

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How to achieve ‘sustainable flood risk management’ in the UK: fundamental change

A fundamental change is required to the way in which we view flood management and flood defence in the UK: this was one of the take-home messages from the latest 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum, held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Tuesday 8 November. Professor Colin Thorne, a member of the panel for the evening, drawing on

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Outputs from ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood Risk Management in the UK’ now available

On Tuesday, 8 November, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) held the latest in our series of 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum discussion meetings, on ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood Risk Management in the UK‘. An audience of 100 professionals from a range of different sectors, from business and industry to academia, central and local government to Non-Governmental Organisations, convened at the

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‘Be aware, prepare and take practical actions’: dealing with risks from flooding

A new guide produced by the Know Your Flood Risk campaign and co-authored by one of the speakers at the RGS-IBG’s forthcoming Policy Forum on flood risk management, encourages home owners to do more to protect themselves and their properties from flooding. The ‘Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience‘ aims to ’empower people to be aware, prepare and take practical precautions

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‘Radical alternative’ proposed to tackle UK flood risk

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee has today (2 November) released a report into flood risk management in the UK that the committee’s chair, Neil Parish MP, describes as ‘radical’ in its proposals. Setting out their view that the current systems of flood risk management (FRM) in this country are unfit for purpose, the Committee call for

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Keeping Floods at Bay: Property Level Protection

Cookers at eye-level, water-resistant floor tiles, waterproof brickwork and water pumps: these are all measures that householders and businesses can install to protect their premises from the worst effects of flooding, and to allow them to continue their lives as normal after a flood event. Yet it is not yet standard practice in flood-affected areas to install such ‘Property Level Resilience’

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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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