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Issue 12, 2012: 3rd December

News & comment on sustainable development

Sustainable development and public health

Two recent Department of Health publications focus on risks and opportunities for public health: how to promote and measure desired outcomes, and the impact of climate change. We also report on global climate change risks.

With the Doha climate change conference underway we look at Edward Davey's statement of the UK's position:

“Delivering an inclusive, legally binding agreement remains the most effective means of reducing global emissions [..]”

A new European campaign aims to show how climate action can improve both welfare and the economy.

What's the point of promoting sustainable behaviour? We look from different perspectives at how changing the way people use their time can make a difference. And we hear about a contract to help rural communities flourish, commitments to sustainable palm oil, and London 2012's sustainability.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor - sd.scene@defra.gsi.gov.uk

UK Government news: focus on health »

Healthy lives, healthy people: improving public health outcomes »

The Department of Health has refreshed the Public Health Outcomes Framework, originally published in January 2012 to set out desired outcomes for public health.

» From our archive: Healthy lives, healthy people: public and mental health strategies recognise the role of health in sustainable development, delivering long-term economic and environmental benefits to society.

The health effects of climate change »

The Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK 2012, produced by DH and the HPA, details the impact climate change is having and is likely to have on the health of UK citizens.

» From our archive: UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

International news »

Towards Doha 2012 »

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey set out the UK's position in the lead-up to the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha.

A world you like; with a climate you like »

As the European Environment Agency reports falls in EU emissions, a new campaign aims to demonstrate how climate action can increase welfare and bring economic benefits.

Mapping global climate change risk »

In its 2013 Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas risk analysis company Maplecroft evaluates the risks to populations and business from the onset of climate change.

UK Government news »

New contract for rural economies, communities and quality of life »

The Government’s Rural Statement underlines its commitment to helping Rural England prosper and flourish, setting out support for rural areas through a range of policies.

UK commitments to sustainable palm oil »

New UK commitments will require sourcing of sustainable palm oil by 2015, reducing the impacts of palm oil production on biodiversity, climate change and land rights.

» From our archive: Government Buying Standards for food and catering

Changing behaviour »

Promoting sustainable behaviour: what’s the point? »

Dr Adam Corner considers how much of a difference changes in individual behaviour can make in the face of global sustainability challenges.

Time, gender and carbon »

As communities struggle to reduce carbon emissions, researchers from the University of Surrey explore whether changing the way people use their time can make a difference.

National and local news »

London 2012: the most sustainable Games to date »

The Commission for a Sustainable London 2012's post-Games report examines whether London 2012 achieved the ambition to be the "most sustainable Games ever".

» From our archive: a sustainable London 2012

Events »

The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus »

This Royal Geographical Society event will consider whether the world’s energy, water and food systems can cope with a growing and more prosperous global population.

2degrees Live: Raising the Energy Performance of Your Properties »

Run by the 2degrees business community, this event aims to help landlords, tenants, and owner/occupiers achieve higher performing buildings and truly engaged stakeholders.

Online events from 2degrees in December »

Energy wastage in data centres; financial innovations and risk; a carbon footprint journey; collaboration in the supply chain; embedding CSR through HR.

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