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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.


Zimbabwe land reforms: myths and surprises

A study supported by the ESRC and the Department for International Development presents some surprising results of the controversial Zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.


Safe food in a global system

The challenges of food security, global food systems and our dependence on food imports is explored in a new report based on an ESRC Public Policy Seminar.

Working mum

Working or shirking? Home-working and staff performance

An evaluation of home-working showed a dramatic increase in employee performance and reduction in staff turnover, according to findings from a team including Professor Nicholas Bloom from ESRC's Centre for Economic Performance.

Sun and wind turbines

Climate change downgrade in the recession

As we enter Climate Week, poll results have revealed that public concern about environmental issues and climate change has sunk to a 20-year low since the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Pig farming

Getting pig meat to the market

The current model for supplying pig meat to UK consumers is ineffective and beset by a 'trader mentality' from leading supermarkets, and would benefit from more integrated ownership where companies have a vested interest throughout the supply chain, concludes a report from the ESRC-funded Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

City park

Making cities pedestrian-friendly

The PARC study, funded through the ESRC-supported National Prevention Research Initiative, has analysed the effect and 'walkability' of pedestrian-friendly spaces in East Belfast.

Football crowd

Football: making the pitch greener

With a new football season coming up, environmental concerns may not be the first thing fans will be thinking of. But research shows how social responsibility and green practices might be the next big goal for football clubs.

Fishing boat and nets

Fish stocks at risk of collapse, reveals study

Costly reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy, due to take place in 2012, are likely to be doomed if European fisheries ministers continue to ignore scientific recommendations on fish quotas, warn researchers.

Energy meter

Cutting fuel bills with energy displays

Energy displays and smart meters are useful tools to manage energy use, but no 'magic bullet' against reduced fuel bills, suggests the RCUK-funded study Domestic Energy Feedback.

City traffic

The low-carbon dream

Many of us claim to be concerned about the environment - but to really be sustainable we need to shift our thinking from a blind faith in technology to a deeper understanding of the links between our lifestyles and the environment, argues Professor Tim Jackson.

Relaxing in park

Revealing the value of nature

The true value of nature can be shown for the very first time thanks to groundbreaking research by hundreds of British scientists published in a major new report – the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA).

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