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Traditional net fishing

Helping ecosystems by tackling taboos

Focusing on purely 'win-win' scenarios in ecosystem management is tempting, but difficult trade-offs have to be negotiated, according to ESPA research.


Fighting poverty with forest protection

Research on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) in the Amazon has led to a new framework for policy analysis which could be applied to several tropical countries, including some of the world's poorest people.


IPCC report: "Climate change is already happening"

It’s the "most comprehensive assessment to date" of the impacts of climate change. ESRC-funded researchers have contributed to the latest report from UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Green pound

Growing the green economy

Economic growth in its current form is unsustainable, argues the bestseller Prosperity without Growth. Following publication, the book has brought a deeper understanding of the basis of prosperity to a wide range of international economic decision-makers and political leaders.

Wind turbines

Wind power and the cost to your home

New research into the impact of wind farms carried out by Professor Stephen Gibbons at the ESRC-funded Spatial Economics Research Centre is the first to demonstrate a link between wind farm visibility and house prices.


Making money grow on trees

The ESPA-funded Mikoko Pamoja carbon credit project aims to generate £7,500 a year for villages in Kenya's Gazi Bay - by preserving mangrove swamps and selling carbon credits to business.


Tackling poverty at ground level

The ESPA project Alternative Carbon Investments in Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation (ALTER) brings together an international multi-disciplinary team of researchers to focus on soil degradation and its impact on poverty.

Roof turbine and solar panels

Home improvement - best time for energy efficiency

Homeowners planning to renovate their kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces are an untapped market for energy efficiency service providers, according to a new report from the ESRC-funded UK Energy Research Centre.

Sun and wind turbines

Public support for energy transformation

There is widespread public support for a cleaner, fairer and more efficient production and provision of energy in the UK, according to research from the ESRC-supported UK Energy Research Centre.


Land management at the roll of a dice

RUFopoly, a board game exploring land use management, has proved an unexpected hit with students, planning professionals, policymakers and decision-makers.

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