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A fair carbon tax for Scotland

A new CXC report concludes that Scotland could in principle introduce a carbon tax to encourage green behaviour while still protecting low-income households.

The report outlines how a carbon tax on home energy use and transport could be compensated through the benefit system to balance environmental and social concerns.

The findings, based on modelling of energy use and benefit policy changes taking effect in 2017/18, are highly relevant to the current debate about Scotland's tax raising powers.

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Peatland research priorities

Researchers, policy makers and agencies met in October for a second workshop on peatland research priorities for the coming years.

The event focussed on the research priorities identified in the ‘Scotland’s National Peatland Plan: Consultation Draft’ published by Scottish Natural Heritage in June, and how these might be taken forward.

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Projecting infection risk to wheat production

This new CXC study looks at the future risk of FHB infection spreading in Scottish wheat crops.

Using a range of data has made it possible to test how robust our wheat production system is and look at adaptation strategies as our climate changes.

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Innovation in the energy sector: paradigm busting or paradigm reinforcing?
This talk by Professor Jim Skea CBE will take place on Tuesday 25 November 2014, 3.00pm to 4.30pm at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.
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Scotland’s National Community Energy Conference 2014
The conference will look at community energy locally, nationally and internationally.
Edinburgh, 26-27 November
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Offshore Consenting Conference
Address the issues surrounding the consenting process in the UK for offshore wind farm projects.
London, 3 December
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Save the date:
Sniffer's Annual Flood Risk Management Conference 3-4 February 2015 in Edinburgh. More info
Bioenergy in the UK lecture by Patricia Thornley,
Director the UK Research Council's Supergen Bioenergy hub, 25 February 2015
European Climate Change Adaptation  2015 will take place in Copenhagen 12-14 May 2015

Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer

A Community Energy Policy Statement Draft is out for for public consultation until 10 November
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A consultation on Best Practice Guidance for public engagement on wind farm developments is open until 15 December
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The Committee on Climate Change has a vacancy as Project manager/analyst in their Adaptation Team working on the CCRA2 Evidence report.
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Where next for energy efficiency
after the Scottish referendum

Dr Andy Kerr's blogg

Post Docs appointed

Two of the four new CXC post doctoral research fellows have now been appointed.

Craig Morton starts his ClimateXChange fellowship at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Transport Research this week. Craig is going to be working on new areas of interdisciplinary investigation, for example bringing behavioural science to bear on understanding responses to transport system change or exploring the role of Smart Cities and ICT in reducing transport energy demand and promoting low carbon mobility services. Craig’s background is in interdisciplinary research, and his recent work has been in the area of low carbon transport, particularly consumer responses and market development, with a policy-focus throughout.

Simon Gill has been appointed by the University of Strathclyde as a CXC Post Doctoral Research Fellow working on energy systems. Simon has a background of looking at electrical power networks with high penetrations of renewable energy. He is interested in extending our understanding of the electricity and energy systems to provide insights into  operating new energy technologies in the face of the uncertainty introduced by renewable generation and wider changes to the power system. He will also be looking at smart distribution networks.

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Energy System Uncertainties
Presentation by Nick Eyre of work undertaken by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
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Climate change increases risk of harsh Eurasian winters
The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.
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Microbes play key part in climate change as permafrost soils thaw.
A new study led by the University of Arizona has found that tiny soil microbes are among the world's biggest potential amplifiers of human-caused climate change.
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Renewables and efficiencies make up US emission reductions
US carbon dioxide emissions have been on a slow decline overall since 2007. According to a new report by Greenpeace 70 percent of that drop was thanks to renewables and energy efficiency.
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