Environment

Environment Events

7 May, 2015 - Housing, inheritence, inequality and the UK: prosperity for who in future?

Time: 16:00:00 - 18:00:00

When Britain is said to be prospering it is often said that the prosperity it increasingly poorly shared out. One direct way of understanding this is to see how we are housed and how that is changing. A rapidly growing proportion of the population, including over a quarter of all children in England, are now renting from the private sector. Rents have been rising far faster than incomes. That is not prospering. Since 2008 the debts of those people able to secure a mortgage have risen far faster than mortgage repayments, despite exceptionally low interest rates. Mortgagees are not prospering. People who own their homes outright have, across the country as a whole, seen modest increases in their wealth; but more and more in this group find it hard to heat their homes in winter. Rising prosperity for a minority of landlords and property investors should not be confused with prosperity for all. We could all become more prosperous, comfortable and secure were housing costs to steadily fall.

Location: Roberts 106, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Hannah Sender

Email: ucqbro7@live.ucl.ac.uk

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8 May, 2015 - The rise and fall of acid rain: a story of science and politics

Time: 17:00:00 - 19:00:00

Organised by UCL Geography

Acid rain first came to the fore in the early 1970s following the first UN environment conference in Stockholm. Fish had been lost from thousands of lakes and rivers in Scandinavian, and forests in central Europe were threatened. Scientific sceptics and leading politicians denied that burning of fossil fuels in the UK, Germany and Poland could cause fish death in remote areas thousands of km distant. The UK was called “the dirty man in Europe”. But the scientific evidence built up through large national and international research programmes. Paleolimnological studies here at UCL showed that acidification of lakes had occurred in the last few decades. Large-scale experiments showed that acidification was due to acid rain. The political breakthrough came in the mid-1980s with the signing of the UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. Now climate change poses an additional threat. The rise and fall of acid rain in Europe is a tale of interwoven science and politics.

Location: Chadwick Building B05, Chadwick Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Anson Mackay

Email: a.mackay@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 0558

14 May, 2015 - How much energy does global prosperity need?

Time: 13:00:00 - 14:00:00

The link between energy consumption and economic development is very clear in history, and only recently have some rich countries managed to decouple their use of energy from economic growth, but then at fairly high energy use per person. The need to reduce carbon emissions raises the question as to whether prosperity in the future will need as much energy as it has in the past. This Soundbite for the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity will explore that question. Come along, bring your lunch and join in the debate.

Location: Gordon House 106, 29 Gordon Square , , London, WC1H 0PP

Contact: Hannah Sender

Email: ucqbro7@live.ucl.ac.uk

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19 May, 2015 - Living with water

Time: 18:00:00 - 19:30:00

Richard Coutts will discuss how the baca practice has a long involvement with both the Thames and water infrastructure. They have won prizes for regeneration and master planning projects that fully integrate water into the planning and design process in many international locations including Deptford Creek in the Thames Estuary.

Location: Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31–34 Gordon Square, London, WC1

Contact: Adam Guy

Email: adam.guy@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 8855

21 May, 2015 - Global prosperity - how can we make this a reality?

Time: 16:00:00 - 18:00:00

Most people would probably sign up to the principle of sustainable prosperity, but operationalising the concept and realising it is proving much more problematic in practice. Why is this so? What are some of the main barriers to achieving a global prosperous society and what might we do about it? The presentation will address this issue both in general, and with specific reference to transport.

Location: Roberts 309, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Hannah Sender

Email: ucqbro7@live.ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email