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Recruiting new post doc researchers

CXC will shortly be advertising to fill new post-doc positions. Up to four fellowships are being offered on:

- energy systems;
- energy policy;
sustainable transport; and
- energy and resource efficiency.

We will be inviting proposals from any Scottish Higher Education Institution for one or more of these fellowships.

For further information, please contact and keep an eye on our
website for more details on the fellowships being offered and the requirements for bidding.


Reviewing energy efficiency behaviours

A new project is reviewing literature on behaviour change evidence to inform the Scottish Government on possible regulation of energy efficiency in  housing.

Making our homes more energy efficient is a high priority and the review will be guided by the Scottish Government’s new ISM (Individual, Social and Material) behaviour change tool.

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Adaptation indicators

CXC’s Adaptation Indicators project has entered Phase 1. This scoping stage will pull together a short list of indicators across all three themes of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme. The indicators will specifically address the Objectives set out in the SCCAP.

Phase 2 will involve drawing together information and analysis to provide a picture for each indicator of past trends and current status. The project team is taking shape, with additional expertise being brought in to address infrastructure topics.

Read more about our indicator work


Delivering impact for the the  SRDP

CXC is playing an important role in supporting the Scottish Government to help ensure that the funding for agri-environment-climate and forestry schemes in the 2014-20 SRDP is directed to actions with the greatest potential to deliver impact and value for money.

The Scotland Rural Development Programme is a £1.2 billion programme of economic, environmental and social measures. CXC will produce spatial targeting maps and criteria to be used for scoring applications with potential climate impacts. Members of CXC are also on the project Steering Group.

Read more about the SRDP
Read more about our work on agriculture and forestry


UN report: Climate change likely to be 'severe, pervasive and irreversible'.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment report was published this week with evidence that the global climate is already changing. The impacts include increases in temperature, changes in rainfall, melting of snow and ice, and species changing locations or responding differently to the season.

The report comes from Working Group II (impacts and adaptation). Working Group III (mitigation) will report later in April.

Pete Smith, ClimateXChange Science Director  said:
The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report draws together scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates how climate change is already having an effect. This will impact all aspects of Scottish society, both as a result of changes to our climate and global changes that affect business supply chains and food security.

The report suggest that we can take a range of adaptation measures that will lessen the effects of a changing climate but we need to couple this with further reducing emissions. The focus needs to be on creating a climate resilient, low carbon Scotland.

Read more about the report:
Download the report
UK Government news page

MetOffice news page
BBC news page

Scotland is making progress on emission reduction

The Committee on Climate Change has published the third report on progress towards meeting emission reduction targets under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

The Committee finds that emissions are slightly higher than the target but that Scotland has nevertheless made good progress in a number of key emitting sectors.

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A consultation on the Scottish Government Rural Affairs and Environment (RAE) Research Strategy: 2016 - 2021 is open until 25 April.

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A Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement is out for consultation until 9 June.

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Andy Kerr on Climate Change Delivery Board

ClimateXChange Director Andy Kerr has been invited to sit on the Scottish Government's Climate Change Delivery Board as a non-executive member.

The Board oversees the delivery of Scotland's emissions reduction targets.

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Economic arithmetic of peatland restoration

Peatland restoration can contribute to meeting a range of climate change, water quality and biodiversity policy challenges. ClimateXChange is involved in a range of projects on the topic.

In a new article in the Science of The Total Environment Andrew Moxey and CXC's Dominic Moran present the results of an analysis that strongly suggests even a narrow focus on carbon benefits alone is sufficient to justify restoration in many cases. Including possible additional non-carbon benefits reinforces this.

Read more about the article
Contact Dominic Moran for a copy of the article
Read more about our peatland work


New CXC contracts

We are letting three new contracts:
Two on adaptation indicators for infrastructure and one for a community energy review.

For more details, please contact


Britain: A Paler Shade Of green?

A new infographic from Ipsos MORI shows the British public's environmental attitudes and behaviours.

Download the infographics

Conference material form Circle 2: Adaptation Frontiers

Circle 2 gathered researchers from 34 institutions in 23 countries to share the results of 10 years of European cooperation in climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation research.

Download the conference material

European attitudes to climate change

Eurobarometer Survey has looked at perceptions of climate change, how serious it is and how important it is for individuals and governments to take action.

Download the report

Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on
Parliament TV


Water & Environment 2013: CIWEM's Annual Conference
Covering topics from flood risk management and water cycle policy to community engagement.
London, 8-9 April,

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Delivering multiple benefits from our land:
Sustainable development in practice

Presenting the best possible scientific understanding of the complexities associated with meeting potentially competing demands.
Edinburgh,15-16 April

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EIE14 - Engage Invest Exploit
Showcasing the best companies spinning out of Scotland's world class universities and start-ups.
Edinburgh, 8 May.

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The John Muir Conference 2014
National Parks and Protected Areas for the 21st Century
Perth Concert Hall, 12 - 13 May

More info and registration

Facing the Future symposium
Interdisciplinary symposium engaging the postgraduate and early career research community to develop solutions to problems around climate change pressures, food security, overpopulation and resource shortages.
Dundee, 12-14 May

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ARCC Network Assembly 2014
Urban areas as systems: adapting for the future.
Birmingham, 10-11 June

More info

Conference: Rural Revitalization
The Journal of Neighbourhood Revitalization is staging a one day conference focussed on the range of issues that face the future development of rural towns and communities.
Bristol, 26 June

More info and how to register

Adapting to Change: From Research to Decision-making
Third Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation
Copenhagen, 25-27 August,

More info

Save the date:
European Climate Change Adaptation  2015 will take place in Copenhagen 12-14 May 2015

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