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Will the Environmental Audit Committee Report at last bring the environment onto the referendum campaign agenda?

by Dr. Charlotte Burns, University of York As the remain and leave sides launch their campaigns in the run up to the 23rd June referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, the environment may at last emerge as an issue, with the publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) report on the EU and… Continue reading Will the Environmental Audit Committee Report at last bring the environment onto the referendum campaign agenda?

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We have won the PSA Specialist Group of the Year!

  Excellent news everyone! At the PSA Annual Conference dinner on Tuesday 22nd March, we were named the PSA Environment Specialist Group of the Year. Steve Bell, the Guardian's political cartoonist, awarded us the prize. The prize results from all of the hard work put in by our members, including participating in our event (co-organised with PSA… Continue reading We have won the PSA Specialist Group of the Year!

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PSA Conference 2016

This year's PSA Conference is taking place between the 21st and 23rd March, and will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. PSA Environment will be hosting a drinks reception and meal at the Hop Poles pub, just five minutes' walk from the Hilton. We will be arriving at 6pm for drinks, and have reserved… Continue reading PSA Conference 2016

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The Paris Climate Talks: Politics, Policies and Principles

The Paris Climate Talks: Politics, Policies and Principles Save the date: 20th November, 2015 Location: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Scotland A constituent event of the ESRC Festival of Social Science* The UN Climate Change Conference, taking place in Paris, France, from the 30th November until the 11th December 2015, is expected to be one of… Continue reading The Paris Climate Talks: Politics, Policies and Principles

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Where next? The Results of the British 2015 General Election and Environmental Policy

A four part series, analysing the next steps following the UK's 2015 General Election. Matt Hope argued in his post for this blog that 2015 ‘is set to be a significant year in the world’s struggle to address climate change’ and the first of the key events Hope anticipated, the UK general election, has now… Continue reading Where next? The Results of the British 2015 General Election and Environmental Policy

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Drill, Bro, Drill? Considering the Drive for Mineral Extraction in New Zealand

The issue of mineral (oil, gas, coal and gold) extraction has become a high-profile issue in New Zealand since the election of a centre-right National-led government in 2008. The drive of the government to mine in the protected national park estate led to one of the country’s largest protest marches in 2010 when 50,000 marched… Continue reading Drill, Bro, Drill? Considering the Drive for Mineral Extraction in New Zealand

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PSA Annual Conference

The PSA Annual Conference is almost upon us. For those of you interested in environmental politics, make sure that the following events are in your diary:   Monday 30th March 9.30-11.00 Responses to climate change: mitigation, adaptation or stagnation? Town Hall - Conference Room Chair: Dr Paul Tobin (University of York) Panel Members: Dr Paul Hampton… Continue reading PSA Annual Conference

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From Hedegaard to Cañete: Still a Coherent EU Voice on Climate Change?

When Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission took office on November 1, 2014, the way that the EU’s executive deals with climate change underwent a potentially significant reorganization. Under the previous Barroso Commission (2009-2014), European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard – a well-respected figure in international environmental politics – presided over the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG Clima).… Continue reading From Hedegaard to Cañete: Still a Coherent EU Voice on Climate Change?

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Sanctions: The Effect of Anti-Russian Sanctions on Global Environmental Goals

The recent events in Ukraine have sparked a prolonged debate about Russian involvement in the matter, and provoked a series of sanctions against Russia from Europe and the US. We have witnessed an intense information war between Russia, Ukraine and the West, beginnings of a new phenomenon – a hybrid war, and a mud-pie match… Continue reading Sanctions: The Effect of Anti-Russian Sanctions on Global Environmental Goals

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Pathways to sustainable development – can Africa take a lead?

According to Ugandan President Museveni , “Climate change is a new form of aggression against Africa and humanity in general” at the UN climate Summit in September 2014. He stressed that while Uganda and other African nations, were suffering the most from climatic disruptions, they were not the ones to blame. There is no doubt… Continue reading Pathways to sustainable development – can Africa take a lead?