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Indicators of climate change adaptation in Scotland's forests

Our suite of indicators of climate change adaptation in Scotland is steadily growing. Newly published indicator cards look at how Scotland's forests are being impacted by a changing climate.

The indicators include risks to forests and forest biodiversity, the impact these are having and the actions that are being taken.
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Summaries of IPCC Working Group reports
ClimateXChange researchers are producing summaries of the Working group reports for the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report.

The first short brief summarises the report about the physical science basis from Working Group.

Summaries of Working Group 2 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and Working Group 3 - Mitigation will follow shortly
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ClimateXChange Annual Meeting
CXC's annual gathering of our members will take place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 10 and 11 November. This will be a chance to hear how the centre has developed since the start in 2011 and where we are going as we plan the next 5 years.
Detailed programme to follow.


Events @ECCI 

COP21: Scotland’s Contribution
The event will hear from a panel of senior academics and Scottish Government representatives about the University’s contribution and Scotland’s wider role in the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
15 October, ECCI, Edinburgh
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From Pole to Paris
POLE TO PARIS aims to raise awareness of COP21 by following two environmental scientists as they travel from the poles to Paris by bicycle (in the South) and foot (in the North). The event will provide delegates with an insight into the Pole to Paris campaign by hearing from Beth Ward, Public Outreach & UK Section Coordinator and the Edinburgh alumni taking part in the UK leg of the campaign.
16 October, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Pole to Paris – Edinburgh to Paris Final Leg Launch
POLE TO PARIS aims to raise awareness of COP21 by following two environmental scientists as they travel from the poles to Paris by bicycle (in the South) and foot (in the North).
17 October, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Future delivery of energy in a changing climate: Risks and Solutions
This event will focus on energy generation, demand and infrastructure by presenting the results of three ARCC research projects, namely ARIES (Adaptation and Resilience In Energy Systems), RESNET (Resilient Energy Networks for Great Britain) and ARCoES (Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Energy Supply).
22 October, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Paris 2015: Politics, Policies and Principles
A forum for academics, policy-makers, NGOs, journalists and students to discuss, inform, analyse and debate the issues under negotiation in Paris. Organised by the Political Studies Association (PSA) Specialist Groups on Environmental Politics and French Politics, and co-facilitated by CXC.
20 November, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Resilience of Scottish Infrastructure to a Changing Climate.  
A joint workshop with ARCC and UKCIP. A broad mix of stakeholders are invited to participate in the workshop, which will focus on identifying knowledge gaps and research needs.  
1 December, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Other events

UK BCSD Innovation for Resilience and Adaptation Workshop
20 October, Manchester
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Financing action - Adapting to climate change
29 October, Glasgow
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Delivering the Open Data Strategy for Scotland’s Environment - 'Adopting a culture of open data' 
29 October, Battleby
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Sustainable Scotland Network Annual Conference
3 November, Glasgow
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Scottish Energy Seminar: can Scotland achieve its 100% renewables by 2020 target ?
9 November, Edinburgh 
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World Forum on Natural Capital 2015
23-24 November, Edinburgh
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Flood Resilient Communities:
Evaluating the Defra Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder
2 December, London
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AIM Day: Risk and Resilience Edinburgh
27 January 2016, Edinburgh
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Climate Resilient Communities Conference
28 January 2016, Birmingham
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Flood & Coast 2016:
Risk, Resilience & Response to Climate Change
23-25 February 2016, Telford
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Adaptation Futures 2016
10-13 May 2016, Rotterdam
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Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer

Making things last
Consultation on the Circular Economy in Scotland is open until 30 October

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Feeling the heat over climate change

ClimateXChange Project Manager Ragne Low discusses what we need to see from the upcoming Paris climate negotiations in our recent Scotsman Column.
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Mareike Lührs is a new CXC member conducting doctoral research on socio-economic aspects of energy decentralisation in the UK-Scottish context. She will provide an important link to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), and its interdisciplinary capability on decentralised energy pathways.

Mareike has studied Ecological Economics at The University of Edinburgh and SRUC, and has a background in social sciences, including European Studies and Psychology. She is based in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) group, in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.


Low carbon zoo

Are you interested in researching how Edinburgh Zoo can affect its visitors' low carbon behaviours? If so the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), which runs Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, would like to team up with you.

Of particular interest to RZSS are questions around how to maximise the behavioural knock-on effects of the Zoo experience; how to design the next wave of visitor attractions to maximise awareness raising; and also, which low carbon technologies might be most appropriate to trial on the Zoo estate.

RZSS is very keen to be a space for research and is ready to support researchers to pursue research on these sorts of topics. If you have an idea for a project that you can see fitting in with the Zoo’s low carbon work, please email Ragne Low 


Scotland’s National Centre for Resilience is on track for March 2016 launch
Scotland’s National Centre for Resilience is on track to officially launch in March 2016, Environment Minister Aileen McLeod confirmed this week.
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and ClimateXChange will contribute to the knowledge and research element of the Centre.
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WWF Scotland is recruiting a climate and energy policy officer to cover maternity leave (up to a 1 year contract) working closely with the UK climate and energy team.
The work over 2016 will focus on renewables policy, Holyrood elections and delivery of the Scottish climate act, with a big focus on the next Scottish climate action plan (RPP3).
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Climate Initiatives Platform
This new online portal tracks, collects and shares information about International Climate Initiatives.
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The latest climate predictions
New research shows regional temperature and rainfall worldwide will be affected by big changes that are underway in key patterns in the global climate system.
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Climate Knowledge Brokers
The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group is an emerging alliance of leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specialising in climate and development information. It brings together a diverse set of information players, from international organisations to research institutes, NGOs and good practice networks, and covers the full breadth of climate related themes.
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It never rains but it pours
New research at the University of Warwick with colleagues from the London School of Economics has identified changes in the shape of rainfall across Europe; changes in the amount of drizzle compared with downpours and everything in-between.
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APACHE final report
This report provides an overview of EU Interreg IVb North West Europe Programme funded project ‘Attractive Public Areas: Competitiveness, Heritage, Urban Environments and Sustainability’ (APACHES).
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Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on
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