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This World Bank report focuses on three regions - Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America - that together represent 55 per cent of the developing world’s population and finds that climate change will push tens of millions of people to migrate within their countries by 2050. It projects that without concrete climate and development action, just over 143 million people—or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions—could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change.

Foresight Future of the Sea

By Robert Lyons on 21st March 2018
Found in: Research and Resources

This new report from UK chief scientific officer includes, among other things, an examination of potential environmental changes that may directly and indirectly affect the UK, including ocean warming, sea-level rise, biodiversity, and chemical and plastic pollution.


The Security of UK Energy Futures

By Robert Lyons on 19th March 2018
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:30 to 19:00


Ensuring energy security is a central goal of energy policy in most countries. The UK is no exception.

This event will present the findings of our latest research into the how the increasingly rapid changes in the energy sector may impact future UK energy security.

Through the assessment of new energy scenarios, 'The Security of UK Energy Futures' considers how energy security in the UK could change up to 2050.

New research, by Newcastle University, UK, has for the first time analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for all European cities using all climate models.

Published in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters, the study shows:

Climate change impacts on the historic environment

By Robert Lyons on 21st February 2018
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

This one day seminar will bring together heritage organisations from across the UK to showcase work being undertaken to identify and quantify risks from climate change, and to share best practice. 

This event will have particular relevance for practitioners or organisations who are looking to better understand the risk climate change poses to their own estate or property, or to the wider historic environment.

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00

A solution-oriented day exploring how to achieve a carbon-free Scotland. Speakers include leading figures from the transport and energy sectors like Paul Jordan (Energy Systems Catapult), Gavin Templeton (Green Investment Bank), Jeremy Oppenheim (SystemIQ) and Claire Mack (Scottish Renewables). 


RTPI South West Seminar: Can you swim? Planning and Climate Change

By Robert Lyons on 7th February 2018
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:30


With support from ICE, RICS, RIBA and CIOB

This new book by Bill Scott (University of Bath) and Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire) comprises 55 brief chapters that identify the main sustainability issues and challenges we now face, explain the ideas that underpin them and their inter-connection, and discuss a range of strategies through which they might be addressed and possibly resolved.

This paper presents the findings of a food systems model that considers how specific agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture could be harnessed so as to enable it to play a greater role in sustainable food systems.


Date and Time: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:00

The UK has experienced repeated severe flooding in recent years, which has raised the profile of Natural Flood Management (NFM) creating a prominent discussion of the benefits of working more closely with natural processes to help reduce flood risk and complement more traditional engineering responses, aiming to manage and reduce flood risk in a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable way.