Environment

Environment Events

15 April, 2015 - The Medmerry Managed Re-alignment Scheme

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

The Environment Agency‘s Medmerry Managed Re-alignment Scheme was the largest coastal re-alignment ever undertaken on the open coast in Europe. The scheme presented many challenges. Not least amongst these was how to do justice to an archaeological landscape of regional significance within the scope of a large-scale, dynamic, construction project. This seminar looks at what was achieved on site through the development of a collaborative working partnership between Archaeology South-East (UCL), the Environment Agency and their Project Team. We will discuss how archaeological fieldwork was fitted into the construction programme, how archaeology was used to engage with the local community, what was found, and how the findings relate to environmental change and its effect on communities through the millennia.

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

30 April, 2015 - Why is finishing your plate never enough?

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

A third of the world’s food is wasted, but contrary to what the supermarkets would have you believe this is not principally your fault. Most food waste occurs in the industry supply chain, and is often directly caused by supermarket policies. It follows therefore, that finishing your plate will not by itself solve the global food scandal. We have the power to demand, and bring about, radical changes in the world’s food system for we citizens are its paymasters. In this talk Tristram Stuart will discuss how we should therefore use this in order to avoid the worst consequences of the mass extinction event we currently participate in.

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

Contact: Hannah Sender

Email: ucqbro7@live.ucl.ac.uk / hannah.sender.13@ucl.ac.uk

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7 May, 2015 - Housing 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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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: Room 106, Clinical Neuroscience Building, 33 Queen Square, London,

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: