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No consistent negative impact on house prices from wind farms

The most comprehensive study to date shows that there is no consistent negative impact on house prices in Scotland from being near a wind farm. This contrasts with an earlier study on house prices in England. 

The study includes data for the whole of mainland Scotland for the time period 1990-2014, and looks at the impact of both single turbines and whole wind farms. It improves on an earlier methodology used in analysing wind farm impacts on house prices by using more precise ways of calculating the visibility of turbines.

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Uptake of domestic photovoltaic devices under the Feed in Tariff

When the feed-in tariff (FiT) was introduced in April 2010 for small-scale renewable electricity technologies it promised the installing household a fixed price per unit of electricity.

This project looked at the pattern of uptake of photovoltaics in light of the Scottish Government’s aspirations of inclusive economic growth across the income distribution. Based on available data from England, it finds that installation of domestic scale PV devices is a financial, rather than an environmental consideration. 

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Nutritional strategies to reduce enteric methane emissions
This rapid evidence assessment looked at the effectiveness of probiotics, nitrates and high fat diets in addressing enteric fermentation as a source of GHG emissions. 

The study found that three of the 12 nutritional strategies evaluated could be effective in reducing enteric emissions.
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Paris agreement enters into force

The agreement reached at COP21 in Paris last year has come into force after being ratified by over 55 Parties covering more than 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In a statement UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "Strong international support for the Paris Agreement entering into force is testament to the urgency for action, and reflects the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation is essential to meet the climate challenge."
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Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK
8 November, London
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The Liveable City Series
8-10 November, Glasgow
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What do low oil prices mean for the Scottish energy sector?
9 November, Edinburgh
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Connecting cognitive science and climate science
10-11 November, London
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European Week for Waste Reduction 
19-27 November across over 30 different countries
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2050 Youth Climate Summit: Leading for the future
26 November, Glasgow
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A Sustainable and Low Carbon Scottish Economy: what needs to change and how 
Organised by Scottish Environment LINK
28 November, Edinburgh, ECCI
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The What Why and How of Citizens¹ Juries 
This course from the National Centre for Research Methods will look at Citizens¹ juries as an innovative process that enables members of the public to give considered views and recommendations on complex and often controversial topics of a social or political nature. 
13 December, Edinburgh
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Read more about CXC's 'Citizens' juries on windfarm developments in Scotland'

World Symposium on Climate Change Communication
22-24 February, Manchester
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Flood and Coast 2017
28-30 Mar 2017, Telford
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Resilient Cities 2017
4-6 May 2017
Bonn, Germany
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017
5-9 June 2017, Glasgow
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Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice
30 August–1 September 2017, Dundee
See call for abstracts above

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Keep up to date with events from ECCI

The Future of Forestry in Scotland
Open until 9 November

Modernising the Water Industry's use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services
Open until 28 November


Ciara O'Connor new Project and Information Manager

We are delighted to welcome Ciara O'Connor to CXC as Project and Information Manager, taking over from Darcy Pimblett who has returned to his native Australia.

Ciara comes to the secretariat from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) where she was Operations Manager of the Centre's Edinburgh Office and one of the Centre's two Research Managers. In this role, Ciara helped to deliver a coordinated programme of CCS research and worked to develop sustainable CCS research capacity in the UK by leading the CCS Community Network and by delivering a programme of support and training to Early Career Researchers. 

She can be contacted on Ciara.O'
Postdoc on Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme
Ruth Bush has joined CXC as a Postdoctoral Resarch Fellow looking at the Local Authority-led integrated energy efficiency pilots taking place as part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). 

She is based within the Energy and Society Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. 
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Local energy event report

The event Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward brought researchers, policymakers, community energy practitioners, and other private, public and third sector stakeholders together to meet and exchange knowledge on the transition towards local energy systems.

A report from the event is now published here


Read our monthly research and policy update on energy and climate change for October

Consultancy opportunity with UN Environment

The UN Environment team in Afghanistan is looking to recruit a Action on Climate expert (ACE) to provide technical guidance to the climate action components of their projects.

He/She will focus on watershed and ecosystem based disaster risk reduction (EcoDRR) and management as well as climate change adaptation. The role is based on Kabul.
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Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2016
Key datasets on the state of the environment in Scotland, with an emphasis on the trends over time'
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Addressing Climate Change in National Urban Policy: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon and
Climate-Resilient Urban Development 

This UN Habitat Guide looks at how to address climate change in cities and human settlements in National Urban Policy. It is written for policy stakeholders to better understand the intersection between national urban policy and climate change. 
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The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development
This report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate looks at how the culture and incentives in the financial sector has started to change and how this change can be taken further, for example to prioritise and value more sustainable long-term investments over a narrow focus on short-term gains. 
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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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