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Winner of 'Insight of the Year' at the ENDS Awards 2017

Winner of 'Insight of the Year' at the ENDS Awards 2017 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

We are delighted to announce we've won 'Insight of the Year' at the first ENDS Environmental Impact Awards

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The project 'The EU referendum, Brexit and the UK environment' is funded by ESRC through the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative and an Impact Acceleration Account

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Why if you move house you're a lot less likely to use the car

Why if you move house you're a lot less likely to use the car | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A major study has found in the first six months after moving house people are more likely to be green commuters.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society data set

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Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study

Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Improved air quality, energy efficiency and energy security, plus falling cost of renewables among extra gains of reducing global emissions.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the LSE

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How the 'Apollo Programme' for energy might just save the planet

How the 'Apollo Programme' for energy might just save the planet | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A group of researchers and scientists has announced it wants to launch an "Apollo Programme" for renewable energy

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Article cites the ESRC funded Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

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Emissions pledges 'are not enough'

Emissions pledges 'are not enough' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Pledges being made by countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions are unlikely to be enough to avoid dangerous climate change, a report has warned.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy based at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Climate concern 'linked to floods'

Climate concern 'linked to floods' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Public belief in the reality of climate change has risen in Britain, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.


Concern has almost returned to the high levels reported in 2005, say University of Cardiff researchers.

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Report by Professor Nick Pidgeon of Cardiff University was funded by the ESRC.

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Lee Coppack's curator insight, January 31, 2015 5:23 AM

There is also always a risk that if we get two or three dry years, entirely possible without any significance in the overall trends, that concern about climate change will fade. Consider attitudes in Florida to hurricanes after several benign years. 

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Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change

Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The world’s population could reach almost 10bn by 2050; most of those people will live in cities.  To accommodate an additional 3bn people, we’ll need to build the equivalent of one new city that can support a million people every five days between now and 2050.
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The article reports on research from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy.

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Mitidaption's curator insight, December 29, 2014 6:43 AM

While cities are large consumers of natural resources they offer new technologies/solutions for climate change

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The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

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Artilce written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director a the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

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Judit Urquijo's curator insight, January 10, 2015 9:31 AM

Este artículo de Bob Ward, publicado en NewStatesman al calor de la COP20 de Lima de diciembre de 2014, alerta sobre el peligroso sesgo que adoptan algunos medios de comunicación a la hora de informar a sus lectores. El presente caso hace referencia a un artículo de Matt Ridley publicado por el diario The Times en el que, de forma, bastante patente, se abrazan las ideas del negacionismo en relación al cambio climático.


Es cierto que las constantes advertencias que el mundo científico viene efectuando desde hace más de 25 años con respecto al cambio climático pueden generar dudas o desconcierto. Con esto no estoy negando que haya un cambio climático (las evidencias están ahí), pero sí admito ciertas dudas en torno a cómo se está produciendo el mismo, a si los efectos que anuncian tienen un claro fundamento científico o son meras suposiciones extraídas de un algoritmo, al tiempo que nos queda o a si las medidas que se adopten serán suficientes. Por ejemplo, la mayor parte de los científicos defienden que para 2100 la temperatura mundial no debería aumentar más de 2ºC, lo cual desde ya supondría hacer tremendos ajustes desde el punto de vista energético.  ¿Esa barrera de 2ºC significa que si al final alcanzamos "tan solo" un aumento de 1,5º podemos cantar victoria? ¿Qué ocurrirá si se superan esos 2ºC? ¿Y si llegamos a los 4ºC que pronostican algunas fuentes?


La maraña de información que circula por internet no ayuda en absoluto a esclarecer estas cuestiones, puesto que según sea el perfil de la web o medio de comunicación, como ocurre en el caso del referido artículo de The Times, las lecturas e incluso los datos, varían. Como muestra, los datos que ha presentado recientemente la Japan Meteorological Agency sobre la temperatura registrada en 2014, y los que revela en su web el climatólogo Roy Spencer. De por medio, también resulta interesante echar un vistazo a la web Skeptical Science


Al final, lo único cierto es que no podemos dejar de seguir investigando puesto que aún desconocemos muchos aspectos sobre la ciencia del clima.

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Cutting energy-related carbon emissions by 34 per cent will

Cutting energy-related carbon emissions by 34 per cent will | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Cities could make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions at zero net cost, according to a report published today.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy based at the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science

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Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’

Crocodile attack database ‘will aid conservation efforts and save lives’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Australian-founded database CrocBITE, with records of 2,700 worldwide crocodile attacks, an attempt to understand ‘human-crocodile conflict’
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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Shale gas 'completely oversold'

Shale gas 'completely oversold' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ministers have "completely oversold" the potential of shale gas, according to energy experts.


Researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre told the BBC promises of lower prices and greater energy security from UK shale gas were "hype" and "lacking in evidence".

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The UK Energy Research Centre is funded by the RCUK Energy Programme, which includes funding from the ESRC.

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Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern

Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The former Chancellor is trying to turn science on its head to woo climate change 'sceptics' from the Conservatives and Ukip.

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This article was written by Bob Ward, communications director at the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Bristol academic wins Science of Risk prize

Bristol academic wins Science of Risk prize | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A research paper published earlier this year in Nature Communications has been awarded a Science of Risk prize by Lloyd’s.

The research, led by Dr Juliet Biggs of the University of Bristol, looked at satellite imagery data for 500 volcanoes worldwide, monitoring which volcanoes were deforming to establish statistical evidence of their eruption potential.

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The researcher was funded by STREVA - an interdisciplinary project funded by the NERC/ESRC Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions programme involving the Universities of East Anglia, Bristol, Oxford and Leeds, the British Geological Survey and the Overseas Development Institute.

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Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Is a fracking revolution the way to cut UK carbon emissions?

Labour shadow energy minister, Bryony Worthington has said that environmentalists should not take a blanket position against shale gas

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Article cites Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Road traffic noise associated with deaths and increased strokes

Living in an area with noisy road traffic may reduce life expectancy, according to new research.

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The article cites research that was co-funded by the ESRC through the Environmental Exposures & Health Initiative.

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States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits

States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If world carbon emissions continue to rise on their current trajectory, one in six species will be gone or on the road to extinction by century's end, according to a study published in Science magazine.
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The article cites new analysis from the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Britons believe in climate change... but do they care?

Britons believe in climate change... but do they care? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Survey shows 88 per cent of public believe climate is changing yet a record low of just 18 per cent are "very concerned" about it
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Report by Professor Nick Pidgeon of Cardiff University was funded by the ESRC.

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Mitidaption's curator insight, January 29, 2015 10:33 PM

We need to move from caring to actioning climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

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British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds

British belief in climate change on the rise, research finds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Poll finds 15 per cent list climate change as major threat in next two decades, jumping to 29 per cent for people with direct recent experience of flooding

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Report by Professor Nick Pidgeon of Cardiff University was funded by the ESRC.

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Leadership from Washington on Climate Change

The United States took a further step forward yesterday in its action against climate change as another state outlined plans to use carbon pricing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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The author of the article, Bob Ward, is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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‘Binding’ emissions targets not needed, flexibility critical: Stern

‘Binding’ emissions targets not needed, flexibility critical: Stern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Governments should set dynamic emissions targets and seek collaborative solutions in a new international climate change agreement, says a report by Nicholas Stern.

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Article on comments by Lord Stern, chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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CrocBITE grows funding teeth for research

An international crocodile attack database has received new funding that will help research and aid conservation.
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CrocBITE has received $30,000 in funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award so that the database can be expanded with the help of Imperial College London.

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Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report

Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Fracking’s potential has been ‘overhyped’ by politicians and shale gas will not reduce energy prices or reliance on gas imports, says UK Energy Research Centre
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The UK Energy Research Centre is funded by the RCUK Energy Programme, which includes funding from the ESRC.

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Drones help scientists understand emerging zoonotic malaria

Drones help scientists understand emerging zoonotic malaria | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research.


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Article cites The Monkeybar project which is part funded by the ESRC

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Tony Abbott must put climate change at front of the G20 agenda in Brisbane

Tony Abbott must put climate change at front of the G20 agenda in Brisbane | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The latest IPCC report shows why the Australian prime minister should encourage G20 leaders to discuss climate change. The evidence cannot simply be wished away by politicians who lack the courage to confront the scientific evidence
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Lord Nicholas Stern is part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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