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    Why the end of the Department for Energy and Climate Change could be good news on climate change

Why the end of the Department for Energy and Climate Change could be good news on climate change

What does the creation of a new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) mean for climate change policy? Samuel Fankhauser argues that it doesn’t have to be the disaster portrayed by some environmentalists: by bringing energy and climate issues together with industrial strategy, and with the right political will, it could be an effective platform to turn […]

Miscommunicating science: the media and climate change

The public is being placed at a greater risk of harm from the impacts of climate change because of failures in communication by the media, as well as the government and the research community, writes Bob Ward. He supports his analysis based on evidence submitted to Parliament, and concludes that misleading and scientifically inaccurate arguments should not be routinely […]

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    Global challenges require cross-cutting solutions: bringing together water, energy, and food policy

Global challenges require cross-cutting solutions: bringing together water, energy, and food policy

New research led by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research suggests that current UK policies on water, energy and food are too fragmented to effectively tackle global challenges. Issues such as climate change, resource constraints and the increasing population cut across several sectors and need similarly cross-sectoral policies. Future research must meet this challenge by focusing on the nexus between sectors, scales and timeframes.

To ensure resilience […]

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    Go ask ‘Gladys’: Why gender matters in energy consumption policy and research

Go ask ‘Gladys’: Why gender matters in energy consumption policy and research

Gender norms and relations should be a core concern for energy researchers and policy-makers because they mediate access to resources, adoption of values and practices, capacity to make choices, and opportunities for participation in all aspects of society (from markets to politics).  Here, Sherilyn MacGregor outlines how gender norms and identities influence both energy consumption decisions and willingness to adopt pro-environmental […]

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    UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

New figures for this year’s reduction in Arctic sea ice extent have exposed the major errors in an article by The Mail on Sunday. In this article, Bob Ward takes to task the newspaper and the Press regulator for failing to uphold the public interest.

President Obama is this week visiting Alaska to highlight climate change, not least because the […]

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    Book Review: Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies

Book Review: Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies

Eco-cities have emerged as a response to the ‘Age of Crisis’ that author Federico Caprotti argues we are living in via his book Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies. Through a study of two well-known projects, Tianjin Eco-City in China and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Caprotti explores the upside of this new urban design, writes Andrew Karvonen, but also […]

Book Review: Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

This book introduces the term ‘artwashing’, which is the process by which oil companies seek to clean up their reputations by using public arts sponsorships at major museums to garner a better reputation among circles of influence. In Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, the author focuses on the relationship between BP and the Tate galleries in the UK, which reviewer Travis Roach finds […]

Book Review: Action Research for Sustainability

Sustainability researchers often forget that many of their fellow humans, even if thoroughly convinced of the problems of environmental degradation, have differing pressing interests and concerns that leave limited time or energy to engage with grand societal challenges, writes Michael Veale. Action Research for Sustainability is interesting reading for researchers studying social systems, for those designing social science education, and a […]