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in the immediate future, we’re recruiting rising young scientist stars in the Midlands for a series of brief video interviews over the next few months.
Know someone, perhaps a PhD or postdoc researcher doing interesting stuff? Do encourage them to get in touch with me here.
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Evan Davis interviewed Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank on Radio 4 Today.
Much of the interview was about Jim Yong Kim’s conversation with the press yesterday (transcript here) in which he made the much-reported statement what I hope the tragedy in the Philippines helps us to do is to move away from having, what I think, a silly argument about, not really the science, but about science as a whole. Ninety-five percent of climate scientists agree that anthropogenic climate change is real
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New Optimist Dame Julia King has brought two recent important reports from the Committee on Climate Change to my attention. (By the by, she’s one of only nine people on the Committee, and the only woman.)
The first report, published in April 2103, is Reducing the UK’s carbon footprint and managing competitiveness risk. This is a response to a Government request to look at the role of consumption-based emissions. The UK is now one of the world’s largest net importers of emissions, with a carbon footprint around 80% larger than our production emissions.
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In response to the significant and systemic inequalities in Birmingham, here’s a suggestion:
What we can do in here is invest in activities where cues for social status, high income in particular, are irrelevant. That’s not to say we’ll all be equal in such environments — far from it. We’ll have grounds for different inequalities.
And here’s why it matters, and how it might work.
Continue reading “Escaping the inequality trap: Grounds for new inequalities”
The State of Nature report has just been published. It gives an overview of how wildlife is doing in England.
Launched by David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum in London last night, and with 25 organisations involved in its compilation, we need take note.
Although there is some good news, overall wildlife and landscapes are under threat. Moreover, current conservation practice seems inadequate to the task.
For perspectives on this important report, read Martin Harper’s blogpost Why the state of nature matters,
Here’s the March update from the New Optimists Forum.
Lots of stuff has happened, including three important developments very recently:
- The publication of The readiness is all: What it takes to feed the city, the second of the Birmingham Scenarios Reports.
- The news that Birmingham City Council are making the expansion of district energy networks their top green priority.
- TNO spin-off Growing Birmingham has brought The Big Dig to Birmingham.
The second of the Birmingham Scenarios Reports, The readiness is all: What it takes to feed a city is published today.
Earlier drafts were commented on by the UK’s Global Food Security Champion, Professor Tim Benton and several New Optimists scientists: Professor Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Dr Rosemary Collier, Professor Laura Green, Dr Rob Lillywhite and Professor David Pink — and we’re very grateful to them for their really helpful contributions.
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There’s been some great stuff happening over the last couple of months, all reported in the January Forum update.
The image here is a montage of stills created from the filming of the 1st December workshop at Birmingham Leadership Foundation.
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We’ve responded today to the draft Birmingham Development Plan 2031 — the deadline is Monday (14th January), and published a copy of it here.
The final version of the Development Plan is a hugely influential document, setting out the strategic objectives for planning permissions in the city over the next 25 years. Sure, revised every five years, but nonetheless hugely influential.
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Here are the tweets using #TNOfood about the Birmingham Sustainability Forum: Tweetdec_#TNOfood_1st-11th-September-2012