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SDRN Mailing, 13 December 2017

By Robert Lyons on 13th December 2017
Found in: News

This In-Depth Report for the EU's Science for Environmental Policy service presents an overview of ideas, debates and progress so far in natural capital accounting, in particular in accounting for ecosystems and their services.

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Support for the plastic bag charge has 'spilled over' into increased support for other charges to reduce waste, say researchers at Cardiff University, including rising supports for an additional 5p charge on plastic water bottles and products with excess packaging.

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This article for Green Alliance by the co-chairs of the ESRC funded Brexit & Environment network notes that while there has been much focus on implementation of a Brexit agreement, three areas are cause for concern after the UK leaves the EU: new policy-making, long-term direction and evaluation.

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The Alliance for Useful Evidence is delighted to publish the translation of the recent French scoping of evidence intermediaries by Agence nouvelle des solidarités actives and partners: 'British What Works Centres: what lessons for evidence-based policy in France?'

This new report from IPPR notes that the British economy is at a critical juncture. Its future success depends on overcoming two major, interrelated problems – long-term structural weaknesses in investment, productivity and trade, and the need to decarbonise. The report examines how the north of England can meet these challenges.

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Exposure to air pollution on city streets is enough to counter the beneficial health effects of exercise in older adults, according to new research. The study is one of two new studies on air pollution and health led by scientists from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Healthopens in new window at Imperial College London and King's College London.

This new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation outlines a vision and sets out ambitions and actions – based on the principles of a circular economy – to design out negative impacts and capture a $500 billion economic opportunity by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold, and used.

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World Energy Outlook 2017

By Robert Lyons on 29th November 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

The International Energy Agency's annual report notes four large-scale shifts in the global energy system: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States.

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This report, authored by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and commissioned by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food shows how food systems affect health through multiple, interconnected pathways, generating severe human and economic costs – and points to levers that can help to address the critical health issues and compounding factors that contribute to poor health, such as climate change, poverty and inequality, and unsanitary conditions.

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