NB39 Freshwater habitats with reported presence of key invasive non-native species (INNS)

Scottish Natural Heritage consider non-native species to be ‘the second most serious threat to global biodiversity after habitat loss’, and...

NA12: Agricultural production methods which reduce erosion risk (Proportion of arable land using reduced/zero tillage; soil cover)

Soil erosion is a major threat to soil fertility, the retention of soil carbon and to watercourses Climate projections for...

The implications of Brexit on energy policy

The EU referendum outcome poses existential questions for many areas of UK social, economic and environmental policy, particularly those which are part of embedded European multilateral relationships.

NF11/NF12 Forest sites served with a Statutory Plant Health Notice (SPHN) for Phytophthora ramorum (Pr)/ Area of forest felled under Special Plant Health Notices (SPHNs) for Phytophthora ramorum (Pr)

Phytophthora ramorum (Pr) is already the cause of significant damage and mortality to Japanese larch, with European and hybrid larch...

Adaptation in Practice - focus on forestry and land use

We work at grass roots level to understand how the challenges of extreme weather and climate change are seen by groups such as farmers, foresters, architects, planners and communities prone to flooding. This will help in the design of programmes to encourage and help such groups adapt to climate change. We also communicate the pressures and concerns felt by these groups back up to policy makers.

Will the lights go out after Brexit?

The risks and uncertainties of Brexit in the context of the Scottish Government’s ambitious decarbonisation strategy, and the UK’s wider climate and energy policy agenda.

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Will the lights go out after Brexit?

At the end of our three year project ‘Scotland and the European Energy Union’ we take stock of the risks...

Renewable energy investments after Brexit

The implications of Brexit for investment in the UK’s renewable energy supply chain are uncertain, as much will depend on...

The post-Brexit future of environmental research

Brexit is raising many challenges, and environmental research is no exception. EU frameworks and directives have underpinned much of our environmental policy and legislation – from agriculture and fisheries to biodiversity, from carbon emissions and air quality to protected areas, from terrestrial water quality to waste management.

Existing solar installation in Great Britain

This blog post looks at some findings from gathering data on installed solar capacity, and how solar resource is currently distributed around Great Britain and Scotland.

NA10 Soil erosion risk

Extreme climatic events, particularly intense rainfall events, are important erosion triggers. Most climate change scenarios suggest that the magnitude and/or...

Adaptation in Practice - focus on forestry and land use

We work at grass roots level to understand how the challenges of extreme weather and climate change are seen by groups such as farmers, foresters, architects, planners and communities prone to flooding. This will help in the design of programmes to encourage and help such groups adapt to climate change. We also communicate the pressures and concerns felt by these groups back up to policy makers.

Will the lights go out after Brexit?

The risks and uncertainties of Brexit in the context of the Scottish Government’s ambitious decarbonisation strategy, and the UK’s wider climate and energy policy agenda.

Renewable energy investments after Brexit

The implications of Brexit for investment in the UK’s renewable energy supply chain are uncertain, as much will depend on...

Modelling the risk of specific parasites to UK sheep under predicted climate change

As climate change makes Scottish summers warmer and wetter, livestock farmers will face new or increased threats from diseases and...

Review of actions taken by countries and regions to meet ambitious climate goals

This research reviews the actions being taken by some countries and regions, aspiring to leadership on tackling climate change, and...

Future Options for Forest Carbon Markets in Scotland and the UK

This report discusses options for a future forest carbon market in the UK. Forests provide ‘climate services’ by removing carbon...

Breeding for climate change

This project reviewed barley and potato as crops, paying particular attention to resilience traits in order to assess strengths and...

Innovation in the energy sector: paradigm busting or paradigm reinforcing?

Co-hosted by ClimateXChange and the UK Energy Research Centre, this event featured a presentation by Professor Jim Skea CBE, titled...

Private rental sector and home energy retrofit investment

An introduction to the issue of effective government policy with respect to energy efficient retrofit in the private rental sector, and to some of the evidence that relates to the topic.

Trend note on breeding farmland birds

Scottish Natural Heritage's Trend Notes series are summaries based on research data relating to trends and changes in our natural...

Summary of IPCC Working Group reports

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information...

Climate Change, Natural Capital and Adaptation in Scotland’s Marginal Lands

Assessment of dominant ways farmers adapt to climate change, and their impact on different services.

The implications of Brexit on energy policy

The EU referendum outcome poses existential questions for many areas of UK social, economic and environmental policy, particularly those which are part of embedded European multilateral relationships.

The post-Brexit future of environmental research

Brexit is raising many challenges, and environmental research is no exception. EU frameworks and directives have underpinned much of our environmental policy and legislation – from agriculture and fisheries to biodiversity, from carbon emissions and air quality to protected areas, from terrestrial water quality to waste management.

Existing solar installation in Great Britain

This blog post looks at some findings from gathering data on installed solar capacity, and how solar resource is currently distributed around Great Britain and Scotland.

Retrofitting British homes to make them more energy efficient.

According to some accounts the British housing stock is the oldest in Europe (Economidou et al., 2011). Due to low levels of construction and demolition, Britain is likely to be near the top of the European table for many years to come, with suggestions that around 70-80% of the buildings that will be in existence in 2050, are already standing (Royal Academy of Engineers, 2010).

Security of supply in the British electricity system

On the 1st October 2016 an almost un-noticed event occurred in Britain’s electricity system: the delivery of the first tranche of providers in the Capacity Market, the UK government’s primary mechanism to ensure security of energy supply.

How use of land in pursuit of 1.5C could impact biodiversity

CXC Science Director Pete Smith looks at risks to biodiversity from "negative emissions” techniques that often need substantial land and water when deployed at scale.

Presenting a CXC Report on the Costs of Offshore Wind to Industry Leaders in Rhode Island, USA

Last month the 2017 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum took place in Maryland, USA. I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the 2016 conference 6 months ago, and really enjoyed my experience.

Creating space for ‘failure’ in policy development

Our progress on emissions reductions over the next 10 – 20 years is critical for climate change mitigation. This is reflected in the ambition of the latest Scottish Government Draft Climate Change Bill which sets out draft targets for the domestic and service sectors to reduce emissions by 75% and 98% respectively by 2032.

Is there no end to the benefits of peatlands?

This year's IUCN Petland Programme conference was 'Building Prosperity' - looking at the nearly infinite benefits of peatlands.

Reflections on the research project, ‘Scotland and the European Energy Union

On 22 and 23 March 2018 a panel discussion and a workshop have marked the end of a fellowship funded by the Scottish Government, on the topic of ‘Scotland and the European Energy Union’, carried out by Dr Ronan Bolton, Dr Peter Zeniewski and Dr Mark Winskel, University of Edinburgh. This blog is Peter Zeniewski’s reflections on the project.

Climate change adaptation: Setting the challenge

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow at the start of June gathered over 850 academics, practitioners, policy makers...

The IMPRESSIONS PROJECT: Our climate future?

Developing strategies to manage high-end climate change in Scotland and Europe