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Life-cycle assessment of the emissions from unconventional gas 

Can unconventional gas be part of a low-carbon economy?

ClimateXChange researchers have looked at how the GHG emissions could be reduced.

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The economic impact of community energy projects

A new CXC report shows a considerable income potential from community energy.

But the data sample is small and the results should be seen as an illustration of the national economic benefit from community renewables projects.

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How climate change could affect the spread of parasites

As climate change makes Scottish summers warmer and wetter, livestock farmers will face new or increased threats from diseases and parasites.

This report looks at interim findings from a model that analyses the rate of parasite development under the likely mean daily temperature and precipitation.

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A new toolkit for using epiphytes in adaptative forest management

Our researchers have developed a publicly available online scenarios toolkit, which uses Scotland’s epiphytes to test different woodland management options across a range of climatic and tree disease scenarios.

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Post doctoral research fellowships

The University of Strathclyde, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh have been awarded four new ClimateXChange PDRF grants.

The post docs will do research on energy policy and markets, energy systems and transport.

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A Community Energy Policy Statement Draft is out for for public consultation until 10 November
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A consultation on New Enforcement Measures for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Relevant Offences Order is open until 3 October
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Adapting to Change:  From Research to Decision-making
Third Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation
Copenhagen, 25-27 August,
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Scotland's Marine Protected Area Network: Guidance for climate change resilience
This workshop aims to result in a series of guidelines to help Scotland consider climate change in the proposed MPA network.
Edinburgh, 10 September

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Climate Change: The world is warming, what next? Exploring the frontiers of climate science
Planet Earth Lecture: Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, Chief Scientist, UK MetOffice.
Edinburgh, 25 September
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The future of rural Scotland
A policy briefing event to look at current drives to help Scotland's rural areas and create healthy and accessible local economies.
Inverness, 9 October
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Thermal and Electrical Energy Storage Workshop: Scoping the opportunities for Scotland
ICARB workshop with international speakers looking at possible energy futures for 2030 and beyond.
Edinburgh 21 October
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Save the date:
European Climate Change Adaptation  2015 will take place in Copenhagen 12-14 May 2015

Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer


CXC contributing to UK Climate Risk Assessment

Iain Brown, James Hutton Institute, and CXC Project Manager Ragne Low will be lead and contributing authors to the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment.

Iain is lead author for the rural economy and natural environment chapter.

Ragne will look in particular at issues relating to connecting research and policy for the assessment's chapter on cross-cutting issues.

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CXC invites members to Annual Meeting

All CXC members are invited to our annual meeting on Thursday 11 September to hear about some of our exciting projects and get a rare opportunity to meet colleagues from across our virtual centre.

The programme will span energy, land use, behaviour change, economics and adaptation, in parallel or plenary sessions.

We will also hear from Professor Louise Heathwaite, Chief Scientific Advisor Rural Affairs and Environment at the Scottish Government

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ClimateXChange is looking for a Senior Science-Policy Officer to be based at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh.

The post has a specific focus on the evidence for climate change adaptation in Scotland, and indicators and metrics to support this.

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Centre for Sustainable Energy is advertising for a Senior Research Project Worker to join their Research & Technical Analysis team.

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Increasing forest disturbances in Europe and their impact on carbon storage

A report from the European Forest Institute shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased significantly in Europe’s forests in recent years.

The report  published in the journal Nature Climate Change, also points to windthrow −  the wind’s effect in damaging or uprooting trees − as an increasing problem.

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Unblocking finance for community energy projects

A new report from the Community Energy Finance Roundtable, set up and chaired by CSE’s Chief Executive, Simon Roberts, to DECC and the Cabinet Office gives 13 recommendations for action to increase access to and/or availability of finance for community renewable energy projects.

Some of the recommendations will be relevant for Scottish community energy projects.

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UK transport resilience review

The Department for Transport has published the results of a review of the resilience of England’s transport infrastructure during extreme events, in particular looking at the extreme weather events experienced in winter 2013–14.

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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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