Climate Change


The ethics of the climate emergency

Posted on 8 July 2019 by Sustainable Places

Professor Robin Attfield During the last week of February we experienced the warmest Winter day since records began, with a high of 20.6 degrees (Celsius) at Trawscoed in mid-Wales. As if that was not enough, the record was broken again the next day with 21.2 degrees at Kew Gardens. This unseasonable weather is one of
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Action to address the Climate Emergency

Posted on 4 June 2019 by Sustainable Places

Public awareness of the need to act on climate change has never been higher, making it particularly important that Universities, as the educators of future generations, should be at the forefront of enacting societal transformation. We see opportunities for Cardiff University to demonstrate leadership and innovation in institutional change. There are a number of areas where
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Urgent climate change action now! So what are the leading policy interventions needed in the agri-food/energy nexus over the next five years?

Posted on 13 May 2019 by Sustainable Places

Professor Terry MarsdenDirector, Sustainable Places Research Institute Recent mass protests, government and parliamentary responses over the past month have entered a new phase of policy urgency regarding the need to both drastically cut carbon emissions and provide the necessary transformatory infrastructure in the UK to accelerate post -carbonised systems in the overall economy. This new
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Exploring the role of indigenous knowledge systems for plant and forest conservation in South Africa

Posted on 21 September 2016 by Sustainable Places

Dr Natasha Constant, Research Associate, Sustainable Places Research Institute The land of the Venda in the Limpopo Province of South Africa is a beautiful landscape full of history, forests, deep-valleys, waterfalls and lakes shrouded in myth and legend.  The Venda resides in the eastern fringes of the Soutpansberg Mountain Range which has been recognised as
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How will the Well-Being of Future Generations Act account for the institutional void left by the Climate Change Commission for Wales? The case of adaptation.

Posted on 15 June 2016 by Sustainable Places

Charlotte Ford and Dr Andrew Kythreotis, Cardiff School of Geography and Planning     Arguably, with the new Environment and Well-being of Future Generations Act (WFGA), Welsh Government is now leading the way in terms of legislating for climate change. In terms of climate adaptation, the 2010 climate change strategy and adaptation delivery plan has foregrounded
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Beyond the Paris Agreement: A Transformative Paradigm Shift in International Climate Policymaking?

Posted on 21 December 2015 by Sustainable Places

  AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT Dr Andrew Kythreotis  In my last blog, I discussed how evidence-based policymaking is integral to engendering more sustainable places and communities. Moreover, I argued that citizens (and citizen science-based models) offer a fruitful avenue for research that contributes greater evidence to policymaking. I cited the example of the Evidence Information Service, a
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UK renewables: death by a thousand cuts

Posted on 8 October 2015 by Sustainable Places

By Dr. Dimitrios Xenias   A few weeks ago, the government announced its intention to reduce Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) by 87%. This is just one of several renewable energy policies to face the axe in the near future. There was warning of an imminent attack on renewables in May 2015, right after the general election. The
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