July-August: Connect: Social and community news
The IEMA community's news for July-August.
Book Review: Beyond Global Warming
Written by Syukuro Manabe and Anthony J Broccoli, the book discusses exactly how carbon dioxide causes global warming. It evolved from the research and lecture notes of Manabe's Princeton University course on atmospheric and oceanic science, and will be most useful to readers with advanced maths and physics knowledge. It delves deep into the equations that model how heat circulates between and within the atmosphere and oceans, accounting for solar radiation.
Each chapter builds upon the last, describing how climate models evolved from the 1900s to the present day. At first, relatively simple equations only considered the vertical distribution of heat in the atmosphere. Later models took into account the circulation of wind and temperature around the earth. Eventually, complexities such as the transfer of heat between the atmosphere and oceans were added. Three fascinating themes are: how models developed in parallel with computers; the ongoing search for climate sensitivity; and how climate models provide a deeper understanding of how the climate system works.
The book also gave an insight into the history of climate scientists such as John Tyndall, who identified that CO2 causes a greenhouse effect in the 1850s, and Guy Stewart Callendar, who proposed in 1923 that humans' increased CO2 emissions were heating the atmosphere.
Finding your happy place
The IEMA Book Club webinar on 28 May discussed Happy City by Charles Montgomery. Marek Bidwell and a panel of five members assembled for a wide-ranging discussion. The book considers how cities have been planned and managed, and asks why some of the most prosperous cities have some of the unhappiest citizens. The webinar was interactive, with panellists responding to comments from an audience of around 50. Several said the book encouraged them to think differently about their areas.
Key points discussed were:
- The importance of accessible green space in cities for physical and mental health
- The need to put people before profit or aesthetic architectural design
- How to influence and change planning regulations
- What if happiness took centre stage as we reimagine communities post-COVID-19?
- Safer transport options should be a priority, with emphasis on cycling and walking
- Greater investment in smart cities, particularly increasing broadband access and speeds.
The panel concluded that the priorities for a 'happy city' were people – and taking back control of the places we live in.
The Book Club is aiming to become quarterly – so look out for future announcements.
'Chris has broken the mould in being the first winner of the newcomer award, which is a fantastic tribute to his commitment & energy in the first stages of his career.' IEMA CEO @mukherjee_sarah. Well done @ChrisLandsburgh MIEMA CEnv on your award-winning #environmental work!
Huge congratulations to IEMA member @DavidSymons FIEMA #CEnv from @wsp for winning the @SocEnv_HQ 2020 Environmental Professional of the Year Award! Big well done to all the finalists in this category too. #SocEnvAwards #Environment #Sustainability
In @IEMA_Transform this month a really interesting article by @Bankfieldbecky @LancasterUni about why democracy needs to be redesigned to tackle Climate Change. Covid-19 has shown we can do things differently when needed. #ClimateChange @GreenLibDems
Love the front cover of this month's @IEMA_Transform #feelingthesting @iemanet
A group of 12 leading investment consultancy firms, which advise organisations managing around $10trn (£7.3trn) in assets, have launched a new initiative to help deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
In 2020, amid the global crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw numerous cross-sector collaborations involving tech companies, aiming to create smart solutions that would amplify positive environmental and social impacts across sectors and organisations – for example in online healthcare or mRNA vaccine platform technology. This led the public health crisis to be referred to as “the digital accelerant of the decade” by US cloud communications platform Twilio.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.