What might a ‘just transition’ mean for biodiversity?

Originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary 2021 is a big year for international climate change science and policy. The next United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly known as COP26, is due to be held in Glasgow in November. At COP26, it is hoped that the countries of the world will agree on legally-binding… Read More What might a ‘just transition’ mean for biodiversity?

Coastal communities and changing environments: case studies from Asia-Pacific

On the coast, local environmental problems meet with national-level political goals and international ideas of economy, trade and development in very apparent ways. The coasts and seas have significant potential to solve some of the big problems we face globally, by acting as sites for renewable energy, new international industries or even sustaining our own… Read More Coastal communities and changing environments: case studies from Asia-Pacific

Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Note: this post was originally published in October 2020, as plans to release treated water progressed towards approval. The explainer was updated in April 2021 to reflect the confirmation of the Japanese Government’s decision to release the treated water. I will continue to add more information as and when it becomes available. The purpose of… Read More Explainer: Fukushima Dai’ichi and water releases – science and society

Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

(originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary) One of the consequences of recent world events is an explosion of social media posts, thinkpieces, and even preliminary research into how urban planning – and urban greening – can shape the post-COVID city. Whilst these are welcome and fruitful discussions, they must not deflect from some of… Read More Why urban greening alone will not make a ‘resilient city’

Summary of new paper: expert survey on governance challenges for local biodiversity and ecosystem services

Post from Urban Green Diary We have just had a paper published in Land Use Policy, which reports the findings of a global survey into expert perceptions of barriers to including biodiversity and ecosystem services thinking within policy and governance at the local level. What is the key point of this paper? The aim of… Read More Summary of new paper: expert survey on governance challenges for local biodiversity and ecosystem services