Archive for November, 2007

November 29, 2007

Latest reports from the European Environment Agency

by Katharine Thompson

The EEA publish a number of reports on a wide range of environmental issues.

Many of these can be downloaded free!

Recent reports include:

  • Europe’s environment — The fourth assessment
  • Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2007
  • Air pollution in Europe 1990-2004
  • Sustainable consumption and production in South East Europe and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
  • All these reports, and more, have been added to The quickest way to find them is to click on the EU tag.

    If you want to know when the EEA publishes new reports you can subscribe to their alerts service by email or RSS.

    November 27, 2007

    Christmas opening hours & loan arrangements at the Central Library

    by Debbie

    The Library will close at 19.00 on Friday 14th December. For the vacation period, the opening hours will be:

    Monday 17 December – Thursday 20 December 09.30 – 17.30
    Friday 21 December 09.30 – 17.00
    Saturday 22 December – Monday 1 January 2008 Closed

    Details of the Christmas loan arrangements can be found here. Please see the ‘Special arrangements at Central Library’ paragraph for the relevant details; the main point to note is that if you want to borrow books over the whole vacation, you will need to ask Library staff when you borrow them.

    And finally, please note that the Library website will not be updated from 23rd November – 10th December; if you want to check opening times between those dates, please phone the Library on +44 (0)20 7594 8820, or email the Library help desk.

    November 23, 2007

    New runway for Heathrow? Aviation and the environment

    by Katharine Thompson

    Future expansion of Heathrow is being considered by the UK government.

    Useful documents on the consultation process can be found on the Department of Transport website. Also available is a report on UK air passenger demand and carbon dioxide forecasts.

    As you might expect there’s a wealth of information and data out there on the subject of air travel and it’s effect on the environment.

    Useful databases to search are:

  • Web of Knowledge
  • CSA Illumina
  • Ei Engineering Village
  • EBSCO (contains a number of trade and industry publications)
  • Transport
  • All the above can be accessed via the Digital Library pages.

    November 20, 2007

    New environmental technology e-journal available from the library – November 2007

    by Debbie

    The library has recently subscribed to the following journal title relating to environmental technology. It is accessible via the library catalogue.

    China population, resources and environment
    Available from: Vol. 17 (2007) onwards
    Access: IP controlled. Access also available via Athens.
    Published by: Elsevier

    Blurb about this title:

    THE CHINA POPULATION, RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT pays attention to theme of the time, investigates sustainable development strategy, carries forward concept innovation, and mainly publishes the latest research achievements of sustainable development theory and practice, public policy, etc. The content includes important theory and practical issues on social and economic development in sustainable development. The academic papers with excellent thought, theoretical basis, demonstration, practical operation and clear standpoint are preferred.

    November 19, 2007

    New links on!

    by Debbie

    We’ve added a fresh batch of links to They have been taken from the core course pages on WebCT, and can be found under the tag ‘corecourse2007/8’. If you want to look at a particular module’s links, you can use the ‘related tags’ list; clicking on the plus sign next to a tag will allow you to look at sites which have both tags. For example, if you follow the link above and click on the ‘+’ next to environmentalpolicyandmanagement, you’ll get a list like this, which will give you all this year’s Environmental Policy & Management links.

    We also have a handy guide to using here: Using

    We’re always happy for you to suggest links for us to add – please email me ( with any that you think would be useful.

    November 19, 2007

    IPCC Fourth Assessment Report

    by Katharine Thompson

    News of the completion of AR4 was all over the media this weekend.

    The final part of AR4, the Synthesis Report, was launched in Valencia on 17 November. A summary is available on the IPCC website.

    The three previous reports:
    The Physical Science Basis
    Impacts, Adaptation and Vunerability
    Mitigation of Climate Change
    can be downloaded in full from the IPCC website.

    The library will be buying print copies as well, but some sections of the report are not due to be published until the New Year so it will be a while before you see them on the shelves.

    November 6, 2007

    Environmental issues highlighted in Queen’s speech

    by Katharine Thompson

    The government’s plans regarding a range of issues affecting the environment were unveiled today in the Queen’s speech. These include proposed bills on: climate change, energy, housing, transport and planning reform.

    The BBC website has more details, plus the text of the speech in full.

    As you’d expect there is already reaction from groups such as Friends of the Earth , Greenpeace and WWF.

    Expect more comment in tomorrow’s press. If you’d like to search a range of media sources by subject try using Factiva. Be aware that Factiva uses IP authentication, so if you want to search off campus you’ll need to log in using the VPN. We are also restricted to 4 simultaneous users, therefore you may be denied access during very busy periods.

    November 5, 2007

    The Green List

    by Katharine Thompson

    Interesting supplement in today’s Guardian – The Green List – takes a look at subjects such as carbon trading, transport and how government and business are responding (or not) to environmental issues.

    We’ve also tagged this report on , or if you’d prefer to read off the page rather than off the screen, a copy is now in the ET reports collection on level 4 of the library, in the box marked ‘Odds and Sods’.

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