Founded in 1988 to advise governments on the threat of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the first instalment of its Fifth Assessment Report. The report is among the most comprehensive scientific studies ever produced, with more than 7,000 pages across seven publications. AR5 also counts as one of the biggest scientific colaborations yet mounted, involving over 830 scientists from 85 different countries.
A report and toolkit from the Association of Town & City Management offers a series of easily used tools and ideas that will empower retailers, communities and local planners to help ensure their town centres meet the changing demands of local residents and businesses. Supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the report and toolkit come at a time when the number of empty retail units is still a concern and online purchasing trends continues grow. The report and toolkit can be used by communities to help them analyse their retail centres and position their destinations as one of four ‘personality’ types: global celebrities; sustainable destinations; specialists and community focused entrepreneurs. This can then be used in conjunction with the report to help retain centres make the most of their ‘personality’ and improve their economic performance.
China’s new tourism law, which takes effect from 1 October 2013, has led some to fear a big shake-up in the Chinese travel sector, with implications for travel and tourism providers overseas. Two experts from ChinaContact – analyst Manuela Barba and managing director Roy Graff – give their views.
This report was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. The aim is to help people wanting to value green infrastructure choose the best tool for them. As well as descriptions and the assessment of the tools, links to further information and examples of the use of the tools are provided. The report also points to the key gaps in the tools available highlighting areas for further work.
Research into student attitudes towards, and skills for, sustainable development (SD) was conducted in 2012, continuing research from 2010 and 2011. This longitudinal study has identified trends in demands and expectations from students new to university; tracked longitudinal attitudes from first-year students as they progress their university careers; captured student opinions both pre and post increase in tuition fees. The report found that more than 80% of students surveyed believe sustainable development should be actively promoted and incorporated by UK universities, a belief which increases as they progress through their studies. In the survey’s third year the research strengthens the conclusion of the two previous reports, showing that interest in sustainable development remains strong among students throughout their university careers and with the introduction of increased tuition fees.
This paper from the House of Commons Research Library presents an overview of the powers local authorities have to control standards in HMOs.
The Canal & River Trust has released its first Impact Report after its foundation in July 2012.
Presentations are available from this annual NEC3 Annual Conference on the theme “Getting it right”.
This project provides a platform for stakeholders of all areas of the European Transport sector to develop a common view and strategies of how four key goals of the 2011 White Paper on Transport can be achieved. The underlying assumptions are that policy making should be based on an in-depth understanding of all stakeholders’ positions and that co-ordinated action is more effective than solo attempts. TRANSFORuM focusses on the following four key goals of the White Paper: urban mobility; freight, IRS; and high speed rail.
In a new report, developed with leading built asset consultants EC Harris, the Confederation of British Industry is calling for strong local leadership to work with businesses and the Government to deliver new homes, modern offices, good transport links and thriving high streets. The report outlines a blueprint for regeneration. Among the measures it calls for are: a one-year business rates holiday for firms moving into empty property; planning changes to make it easier to convert empty shops into homes and for cafés and restaurants to introduce temporary outside seating; and using the public sector balance sheet to kick-start investment in building projects. The report also highlights the need for more joined-up strategic local leadership and more proactive planning allied with early private sector engagement.