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Disruption! Rethink the system

Susan McLaren, Senior Lecturer in Design & Technology, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and Fleur Ruckley, Project Director,  Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group Disruption! Rethink the system A circular economy is one where “the goods of today become the resources of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Global Environment and Society Academy 2016-2017

Who are we? The Global Environment and Society Academy (GESA) is a network of experts collaborating to develop innovative solutions for the world’s most challenging problems. Led by Professor Dave Reay and Professor Elizabeth Bomberg GESA operates as one of four … Continue reading

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Come rain or shine

Catherine Barbour Online MSc Carbon Management 2015-2016 Brazilians lack the British obsession with weather.  I often start conversations by commenting on how sunny it is, only to remember that every day is sunny in Brasilia.  Talking about water is perhaps the … Continue reading

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Morocco’s path to solar energy

Morocco ratified the Climate Convention in 1996 and was the first African country to host a Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2015, Morocco presented its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution … Continue reading

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What would Brexit mean for efforts to tackle climate change?

By Rick Lyons Online MSc Carbon Management 2015-2016 If, as according to superstition, wood provides reassurance when touched, then the Climate Change Act 2008 performs the same consoling function when it comes to Brexit and UK climate policy. “We won’t … Continue reading

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‘Brexit’ and Combating Climate Change in Scotland

By Joanna Wright MSc Carbon Management 2015-2016 [Source: http://www.voxeurop.eu/en/content/news-brief/4931129-brexit-would-put-europe-stake] The front page of The Economist this week (February 27th-March 4th2016) proclaims “Brexit: Bad for Britain, Europe and the West”. Turn tothe Leader on page 9 and it is argued that not … Continue reading

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Low Carbon Travel

  I woke up several times during the night last night. A few times because of the fluctuations in temperature: the heating couldn’t be turned up or down, so instead was being turned off and on again every once in … Continue reading

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Two sides of the climate change coin: climate science and policy institutions

Overview Since the first establishment of the scientific evidence for climate change, there has been a political focus on reducing GHG emissions to mitigate the problem. Increasingly however the realisation has come that the world is already committed to some … Continue reading

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Two sides of the climate change coin: climate science and policy after COP21

Overview Since the first establishment of the scientific evidence for climate change, little progress has been made in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate the problem. The pathways along which governments pass in gathering scientific evidence and negotiating climate … Continue reading

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Climate Enlightenment

  “We now have a large alumni network around the world working on climate change. Many of these alums will be at the Paris COP and this time it is their job to be there.“ Six years ago this month … Continue reading

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