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National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA)

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'The UK's parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report.'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13616543
Moneterising things which have more value than your current structures understand.
http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/

Environment & Localism Survey

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Green Alliance, a London based environmental organisation, is exploring how the localism agenda is changing the way that civil society groups interact with their local authority on climate change and the environment, and the priority given to the issues. They would value you completing their short online survey, as well as passing it on to other civil society groups you work with. Even if you don’t think that there are any significant changes in place, they would still value that feedback.

Financial System - complexity plus homogeneity spelt danger

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Insights from ecologists show ways of preventing economic disaster
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/18/economics-banking-financi...

29th study: Demographic change and the environment

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The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution says UK needs to consume less and share people around the country more equally in order to tackle its environmental problems, a report recommends.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12471079
http://www.rcep.org.uk/reports/29-demographics/29-demographics.htm#demo_...

WikiLeaks cables: Saudi Arabia cannot pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices

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Spotted by Bob E.
US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/08/saudi-oil-reserves-overst...

Livewell: A balance of healthy and sustainable food choices

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In January 2009, WWF-UK launched its One Planet Food programme, which aims to reduce the environmental and social impacts of food consumption in the UK, shifting away from unsustainable food choices, towards sustainable ones that support global agriculture and biodiversity. Working with the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen, WWF has produced this report which maps current eating habits and compares them with UK government dietary advice and the WWF 2020 carbon emissions targets.

Changing climate, changing infrastructure

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Roads, railways, energy and water supply networks and other infrastructure all need to be able to cope with the effects of a changing climate.
Reports from seven organisations including Network Rail, National Grid and the Highways Agency were carried out at the request of Defra under the Climate Change Act to ensure that organisations with a crucial role in running the country’s infrastructure are preparing for the threats and opportunities which climate change will pose.
http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/sectors/reporting-authoritie...

Renewable Energy Guide for Rural Communities

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The Commission for Rural Communities has worked in partnership with Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to produce a guide to help rural communities interested in generating renewable energy locally.

Foresight - Global Food and Farming Futures report

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The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures final report and executive summary provide an overview of the evidence and discuss the challenges and choices for policy makers and others whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system.

‘Shale gas: a provisional estimate of climate change and environmental impacts’

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Researchers at the Tyndall Centre at the University of Manchester have investigated the environmental and climate change impacts of Shale Gas – a new fossil fuel resource already developed in the US and being considered for imminent extraction and use in the UK. Funded by the Cooperative, the report demonstrates how the extraction of shale gas risks seriously contaminating ground and surface waters. In this regard, the commissioned report calls for a moratorium on shale gas development until there is a much more thorough understanding of the extraction process.

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