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Adaptation Sub-Committee uses CXC indicators for independent assessment 

Baseline data of climate change risks, impacts and actions from a set of indicators developed by ClimateXChange has been used for the first independent assessment of Scotland's progress on climate change adaptation.

The set of 105 indicators identifies trends where possible, provides baseline data and identifies data gaps. It is the most comprehensive source of information about the state of climate change in Scotland to date. The Adaptation Sub-Committee’s 
report puts an effective monitoring and evaluation regime at the heart of delivering the objectives in Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Programme.
Read more about the indicators
Read CXC Director Andy Kerr's comments on the assessment report
Read the assessment report


Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward

Local energy is often framed as an opportunity to address several pressing policy challenges: reducing carbon emissions, matching energy supply and demand, engaging and empowering communities, tackling fuel poverty, and reviving local economies.

A recent workshop gathered researchers, policymakers, community energy practitioners, and other private, public and third sector stakeholders together to discuss examples and exchange knowledge on the transition towards local energy systems.
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Integrating woodlands and forests with forage and livestock to reduce emissions

Agroforestry systems have significant potential to reduce emissions. They can also provide other benefits like diversification of farm income, shelter for livestock, fuelwood, carbon sequestration, nutrient management, reductions in soil erosion and leaching, biodiversity enhancement, and amenity value.

This policy brief explores the potential for carbon savings from agroforestry in Scotland. 
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How to hold climate change conversations

The Climate Change Public Conversation Series was initiated by the Scottish Government to encourage discussion about climate change with the Scottish public. ClimateXChange was asked to develop a framework,  including process design and methodology, for holding conversation on how Scotland can become a low carbon country, as well as highlighting the action people can take now to make this vision a reality.

The research was conducted by Climate Outreach who held a series of test conversations across Scotland. The Scottish Government has used the research findings to develop a practical 'How to' guide that can be used by anyone, for example community groups or education institutions, and beyond Scotland.

The project and findings will be discussed at a webinar on 19 October - see events.
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Priorities for decarbonising heat
Heat accounts for over half of Scotland's final energy use, representing significant opportunities and challenges for reducing our emissions.

ClimateXChange and the UK Energy Research Centre recently hosted a summit to identify priority areas for research, policy and practice to support the decarbonisation of Scotland's heat supply and demand in the context of emerging Scottish policies.
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Consultation on Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive EU2014/52
Open until 31 October

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


Present your work at ECCA2017

The deadline for submitting abstracts, sessions and posters for the European Climate Change Conference 2017 is 15 October.

The conference will be held in Glasgow 6-9 June 2017 and the organisers are keen to see Scotland's adaptation community represented right across the programme.
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Read our monthly research and policy update on energy and climate change for September

Call for papers: Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice

Transformations 2017 is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s wellbeing, today and in the future, while strengthening the Earth’s support system.

A call for papers is open until 31 October.
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EU-wide survey to understand user requirements of climate information & impact indicators

The SECTEUR project would like to hear from all current or potential users of climate information / impact indicators, particularly those working in agriculture & forestry, coastal areas, health, transport infrastructure, insurance and tourism.

The outputs will inform the provision of free climate information to support better-informed planning and decision-making for climate adaptation and mitigation.
Take the survey


Designing and applying the Scottish Government’s Climate Conversations framework 
19 October, Webinar
 More info

SSN Conference Public Sector Climate Action: Pathways to 2030
1 November, Glasgow
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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

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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Scotland's progress on adapting to climate change - infographics
A snapshot of progress being made in Scotland to prepare for the impacts of climate change as presented in the Adaptation Sub-Committees independent assessment.
See infographic

A timeline of earth's average temperature
This simple illustration sets earth's temperature changes in geological time, with some useful other information to set recent changes in context.
See timeline

Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on
Parliament TV

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