VegfestUK Brighton 2016

27/02/2016 11:00
28/02/2016 17:00

Event Description

Europe's prime vegan festival VegfestUK Brighton returns to the modern and spacious Brighton Centre on February 27th 28th 2016, after a very successful event in March 2015 drawing 12,000 visitors altogether!

VegfestUK Brighton is a celebration of all things vegan with loads of stalls serving awesome food as well as bodycare, clothes, accessories, gifts and also lots of campaigning groups and merchandise, plus stacks of info, talks, demos, performances, passion and positive energy. Loads of freebies and tasters add to the attraction. Read more »

Sir David Attenborough highlights destruction of the natural world within a generation

Sir David Attenborough delivering his lecture at DeMontfort Hall

‘If we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves. We can only hope that the human race will slowly come to its senses and perhaps for the first time since recorded history began the human race- homo sapiens – will bury its differences and work together to try and protect the one essential powerful thing we have in common - which is the natural world.’ Sir David Attenborough speaking at the University of Leicester. Read more »

Researchers successfully breed critically endangered coral species to full sexual maturity

Elkhart coral (image via Tsuji, FlickrCC)

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam, SECORE International and the Carmabi Marine Research Station have for the first time successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of the critically endangered Caribbean coral species elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) to sexual maturity. This event marks the first ever successful rearing of such a Caribbean coral species to its reproductive age. Read more »

Human impact has created a ‘plastic planet’, research shows

A future fossil: Keyworth plastic bottle

Planet Earth’s oceans and lands will be buried by increasing layers of plastic waste by the mid-century due to human activity, according to research led by the University of Leicester. Read more »

How two degrees of warming may turn into four

Warming in the Mediterranean region will exceed two degrees. This region – the picture shows the Pantà de Sau Reservoir in Catalonia – is already suffering from heat waves and drought. (Photograph: flickr.com/Josep Enric)

At the recent COP21 climate conference in Paris, delegates reached an agreement that plans to limit global warming to “well below” two degrees Celsius. This stems from the fact that scientists and politicians now agree: the global average temperature must rise by no more than two degrees if we are to prevent serious, irreversible damage to humans and the environment. Read more »

Mountain climbing more dangerous due to climate change

Climate change increases the danger of falling rocks in the Alps and other mountain regions, adding to existing risks for mountain climbers. This is the conclusion of a study by Arnaud Temme of Wageningen University using climbing guides written by mountaineers in the past. Read more »

Sustainable Beekeeping Course

09/04/2016
10/04/2016

Event Description

How can we ensure the survival of honey bees? Courses on sustainable beekeeping are run by Bees for Development at Ragman's Lane Permaculture Farm. We cover the management of bees, and natural ways to take care of them.

Course content

  • Being a beekeeper - what does 'keeping bees' really mean?
  • The relationship between bees and flowers - pollination, plants & biodiversity
  • Honey bees in the landscape - seeing like a bee
  • The relationship between bees and people - a history of bees and beekeeping

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - London

11/02/2016 09:40
11/02/2016 16:30

Event Description

A one-day technical training course covering emerging research, best practice and case studies in the field of upgrading traditional and historic buildings.


    How do we protect our traditional buildings but make them fit for the future?
    What are the risks for large-scale retrofit projects?
    How can solid-walled buildings be insulated without causing Unintended Consequences?

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Engaging Communities on Climate Change - London

03/03/2016 10:00
03/03/2016 16:00

Event Description

This course will teach you the skills and knowledge needed to develop long-term engagement for civil society organisations, groups and individuals working on climate change and low-carbon living.

The Localism Act stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on these complex issues. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting to climate change, this poses unique challenges to the majority who may have other interests and priorities. Read more »

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