All press releases (sustainability)

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Infrastructure decisions now a matter of 'life and death'

Carbon-neutral planning and design needs to be embedded in infrastructure decisions now if we are to achieve a low carbon economy within 30 years, claims Keith Clarke CBE. Mr Clarke will make this claim in a debate to be held during the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science

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Hot in the city

Urban design directly affects temperature, wind, rain and air quality - but most planners build cities without an awareness of the urban climate effects they are creating.


UK cyclists take different paths

Vast differences in cycling cultures have been found in UK cities; for some cycling is a traditional transport accessible to all while for others it is a new edgy, urban subculture according to recent findings from a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

People and globe

The first steps to Understanding Society

The first findings from the world’s largest study of households are now published. With data on our working lives, relationships, health, finances and neighbourhoods the Understanding Society publication gives an early taste of the social landscape of the UK as the country fell into the deepest recession for 60 years.

Global community

Renewable energy needs more community power

The renewable energy sector needs to use a wider range of business models in order to ensure a fairer distribution of power plants across the UK, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Award-winning study helps flashing lights go green

The winner of the 2010 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Knowledge Transfer Partnership prize for the Best Application of Social or Management Science has saved the Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) an estimated £350,000. The winning project aimed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Trust's transport systems.

Saving Peak District moorlands

Seventy-five per cent of the world's heather moorlands are in the UK. However, pollution, overgrazing and wild fires have damaged large areas. Several organisations in the Peak District National Park are trying to restore and conserve the moorland habitat.

School children could lead the way on sustainability

Britain's children and young people are potential agents of change for the development of more sustainable communities in the UK, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Saving the economy and saving the planet

Is the recession an opportunity to move away from some traditional, and environmentally unfriendly, industries to cleaner, greener industries to create new and sustainable employment?

Greening existing homes - a herculean task says report

A new joint Economic and Social Research Council and Technology Strategy Board publication highlights the need to focus on improving the energy efficiency of millions of buildings in Britain that will still be standing in 2050.

School kids digest the future of food

Locally produced and organic food is best for us and the environment. True or false? More than 90 secondary school children will be chewing over that question during a one day multi-activity event organised as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science on the 13 March.

If plants could talk, what would they say?

If plants could speak they will boast about being part of remedies such as the common aspirin to a leukaemia drug derived from the rosy periwinkle. Over a quarter of western medicines contain plant toxins some deriving from tropical forest species.

Everything you ever wanted to know about going green but never thought to ask...

Recycle your 'little black number' into a fancy bolero, consult the green guru on your every environmental concern, sell your business on its environmental credentials, eat organic and travel ethically - all these and more visitors can learn at 'Going for Green', a one day sustainability fair in Cardiff on 12 March 2009.

Sussex youths debate solutions to climate change

Two teams of Sussex sixth-formers will debate the best way to tackle climate change on 11 March at the University of Sussex. One team of 16-18 year olds will argue for a technological fix for climate change, while the other team will claim that people must change their behaviour to solve the problem.

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