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Areas of RSB work relevant to the environment, including committee work, letters to Government, policy responses and more.


Letters to Government 

The RSB have recently sent letters to the Prime Minister about the climate emergency ahead of COP26, and to HM Treasury ahead of the 2021 Budget, have featured environmental concerns prominently.

RSB's Education and Science Policy Committee activity

The Committee recommended prioritising work to promote linked action on climate and biodiversity; increase our focus on UK biosecurity; and raise the profile of biodiversity in policymaking across government following the publication of the Dasgupta Review.

Policy Responses

RSB responses to recent (2018-2021) government and national body consultations and parliamentary inquiries included significant content on the environment.

Links to the RSB submissions are provided in the table below.

Subject

Consulting body

Date

Draft Policy Statement on Environmental Principles

Defra

Jun 2021

Comprehensive Spending Review 2020

HM Treasury

Sep 2020

A new research funding agency for the UK (ARPA/ARIA)

S&T Committee (Commons)

Jul 2020

A new natural history GCSE

OCR

Jul 2020

Dasgupta Review on the economics of biodiversity

HM Treasury

Nov 2019

Developing a National Food Strategy for England

Defra

Oct 2019

Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

Defra

Aug 2018

Fisheries White Paper

Defra

Sep 2019

Draft Clean Air Strategy

Defra

Aug 2018

 

Publications 

Reports and articles between 2018 and 2021 relating to the environment are listed below.

Title

Description

Date

Valuing our Life Support Systems

Report of the NCI’s 10th anniversary summit

Aug 2019

Growing the Future

Report on opportunities arising in plant science from the RSB Plant Science Group (then UKPSF)

Jan 2019

Defining and delivering resilient ecological networks: Nature conservation in England

Article in the Journal of Applied Ecology developed from an NCI workshop

Jun 2018

Promoting natural capital assessment in

land and water management

Report from the NCI Dialogue Session ‘Operationalising the Natural Capital Protocol in land-based businesses’

Aug 2018

 

Meetings

The RSB hosted many public events and specialist workshops with environmental themes recently.

Title

Description

Date

RSB Policy Lates: Rethinking our Food System

Panel discussion exploring the complexities of improving food security and health while also reversing biodiversity loss and achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. (video available).

Oct 2021

Proof for Life - Where next for the evidence linking nature and health?

Panel discussion on the question 'where next for the evidence linking nature and health? (video available)

Jul 2021

Science and Climate Change

Parliamentary Links Day 2021 online event

Jun 2021

How can humanity sustainably engage with nature?

A talk by Dr Ruth Waters from the Dasgupta Review team (video available)

Feb 2021

Natural capital priorities for coping with change

Online panel discussion on priorities and key questions for science, policy and business (video available)

Jan 2021

Climate crisis - biosciences for a state of emergency

Online Policy Lates panel discussion event

Nov 2020

Engaging with Parliament on Global Challenges

Online event for Biology Week 2020 featuring Science minister Amanda Solloway MP and Hilary Benn MP

Nov 2020

Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity: NCI workshops

Two online workshops to discuss the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity with the HM Treasury’s review team

Apr 2020

Marine plastics: Is it too late to save our oceans?

Biology Week event held at the Royal Institution

Oct 2019

Policy Lates - Insect declines in the headlights

Biology Week Policy Lates event

Oct 2019

Valuing our Life Support Systems 2019

Major summit marking the NCI’s 10th anniversary

May 2019

Growing the Future

Parliamentary event to launch report

Jan 2019

Clean Air Strategy workshop

Roundtable discussion bringing together experts and Defra policy lead

Aug 2018

 

Biologist articles

Thirteen ways that bioscience is helping fight climate change: How life science is helping us reduce emissions, lock away carbon and adapt to a warming world. 

Bioscience must treat climate change for the global emergency that it is: The COVID-19 pandemic has shown what biology can do in a crisis. Can we focus efforts and resources in the same way for climate change?

Climate: code red: As the need for action on climate change and species loss becomes more urgent, an increasing number of scientists are turning to environmental activism. Emma Wrake AMRSB speaks to some of them

The right tree in the right place: Formal targets and frameworks to tackle biological diversity and climate change must be better integrated – or initiatives to tackle one problem could make the other worse, writes Rebecca Robertson

Saving the library of life: Tom Ireland talks to Dame Georgina Mace about the scale of the global crisis of biodiversity loss, and how she stays positive in the face of relentlessly worrying trends

"We're creating landscapes suited to the animals that transmit disease to us": Professor Kate Jones says a woeful lack of communication between public health bodies and ecologists is failing to prevent spillover of animal diseases into human populations