Assessing the adaptive capacity of Agri-Environment Schemes to respond to the impacts of climate change

Defra is funding this project to improve our understanding of the ability of current Agri-environment schemes (AES) to respond to climate change.  Climate change and the associated changes in weather are impacting upon agriculture and forestry.  We know that bud burst and bird nesting are now two or three weeks earlier than they were 20 or 30 years ago due to overall warming. But as well as gradual change in mean temperatures, the Met Office is recording more extreme weather events (i.e. heatwaves, cold spells, drought, flooding, storms) which impacts natural and managed environments. AES provide support for farmers and

‘This loopy idea’ – an analysis of UKIP’s social media discourse in relation to rurality and climate change

‘This loopy idea’ – an analysis of UKIP’s social media discourse in relation to rurality and climate change

While researching UKIP attitudes to renewable energy projects in rural Britain, Matt Reed uncovered how social media is being used to promote climate change scepticism. In his latest published paper, he demonstrates how UKIP is part of a wider wave of ‘anti-reflexive movements’, promoting distrust and doubt to further certain political ends.

The Role of Social Science in Achieving Sustainable Marine Environments by Will Barber

Will Barber was the 2013/14 placement student in the CCRI, after which he returned to Coventry University to complete a BSc in Geography. He then went on to work temporarily with the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) as a continuation of a research project, A case study assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in UK inshore fisheries, using social science methods, on which his presentation is based.  In August 2015, Will joined the River Restoration Centre (RRC) where he is responsible for delivering their new Community Engagement initiative, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.   Summary of presentation:

Seeking ways to manage global commons will be crucial in the fight against climate change

Seeking ways to manage global commons will be crucial in the fight against climate change

The Pope’s encyclical of 18 June has been widely praised by environmental groups, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The encyclical calls for action on climate change and for the rich to change their lifestyles to avert the destruction of the ecosystem. The CCRI has long been involved in research to improve understanding of the causes of climate change,

CCRI and the Maltese RDP

CCRI and the Maltese RDP

Janet Dwyer and John Powell, supported by Paul Courtney and Katarina Kubinakova, have been visiting Malta every couple of months for almost 2 years now, talking to farmers and other rural development stakeholders, running workshops, visiting farms, hosting meetings and making presentations about how we think EU funding could best be used to support Malta’s rural areas and farms.