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Wind farm impact assessments - study identifies possible improvements

A study of ten case study wind farms across Scotland has found that the majority of assessments presented at planning stage followed visual, shadow flicker and noise guidelines that applied at the time.

The report makes a range of recommendations that could ensure a more consistent approach to predicting, measuring and documenting visual, shadow flicker and noise impacts throughout the design and operation of wind farms.
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Climate change information for Scotland

How do organisations across Scotland access the climate change information they need to make decisions? ClimateXChange is part of a working group looking at cost effective ways to keep the information on the many websites that currently provide this information up to date and user-friendly. 

The first part of the project is a stakeholder survey looking at how and where organisations currently get the data and resources they need.
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New climate change adaptation projects

ClimateXChange has commissioned two new projects looking at climate change, flood risk and adaptation:

The first project is assessing the rate of residential and non-residential property development in flood risk areas across Scotland over the past decade.  The project is part of the overall Adaptation Indicators work.
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The second piece of research is assessing the consideration of flood risk by Scottish local planning authorities.

Land Use Consultants (LUC) have been commissioned to carry out a study of how current and future flood risk is being accounted for in land-use planning decisions in Scotland. This research will improve understanding of the effectiveness of national and local planning policy in ensuring new development is avoided in areas at flood risk. 
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Scotland signs international climate action agreement

Scotland has signed up to an international partnership of Governments committed to ambitious action to tackle climate change. Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod signed the 'Under 2 MoU' while attending the recent World Summit: Climate and Territories.

The agreement brings together state, regional and devolved governments willing to commit to either reducing their greenhouse gas emissions 80-95 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieving a per capita emissions target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.

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A consultation on Permitted Development Rights: Non-Domestic Solar Panels and Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps is open until 27 August


The role of citizens' juries in community engagement

Hear what Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi MSP said about the potential role for citizen's juries in participatory democracy.

The clip is from the launch of our report 'Citizens’ juries on wind farm development in Scotland'.
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Water Strategy for Wales 2015-35
Setting out the strategic direction for water policy in Wales
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Circular Economy:
Thinking and Action at the University of Edinburgh
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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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Community Energy 2015: Building Partnerships & Delivering Successful Projects
8 July, London
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World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation 2015
2-4 September, Manchester
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FCERM Green Infrastructure Forum 2015
6-7 October, Glasgow
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Old Building Energy - Efficiency Research Seminar
3 November, Stirling
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World Forum on Natural Capital 2015
23-24 November, Edinburgh
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