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£3.5m network launched to tackle climate change in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds

£3.5m network launched to tackle climate change in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A network of city climate commissions will be set up in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds, the Minister for Energy Claire Perry announced today (January 31). The Place-based Climate Action Network (P-CAN) will help the local delivery of the UK's climate change goals by supporting action in UK cities 

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ESRC is funding the Place-Based Climate Action Network.

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Big Increase In Economic Costs If Cuts In Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Delayed –

Big Increase In Economic Costs If Cuts In Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Delayed – | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Stronger efforts to cut emissions of greenhouse gases should be undertaken if global warming of more than 1.5 Celsius degrees is to be avoided without relying on potentially more expensive or risky…
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ESRC funds the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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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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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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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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Manufacturing Doubt About Climate Change

English audiences will today be given their first chance to see a shocking new film which reveals how a handful of right-wing lobbyists have thwarted attempts to curb threats to health and the environment.

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This article is written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy


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Chinwendu's curator insight, February 15, 2015 5:56 PM

Manipulation of change

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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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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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