Monday, September 25, 2006

100 biggest questions facing the UK environment

Scientists have drawn up a list of the 100 most important questions on the British environment needing answering today. The answers will help decide future policy. They include:

What are the ecological impacts of the ban on hunting with dogs?
What are the ecological impacts of airports?
What are the effects of light pollution on wildlife?
Which habitats and species might we lose completely in the UK because of climate change?
How can we measure natural capital (renewable and non renewable resources) and integrate such a measure into GDP?
How does the ecological impact of UK farming compare internationally?
How long does the seabed take to recover from dredging, wind farm construction and oil and gas extraction?
What impact does plastic litter have on the marine environment?
Why have many woodland birds declined?
How effective as indicators of overall biodiversity are current indicators (especially birds)?


Which 10 questions would you choose from them (see the link for all 100) as the most important ones that need answering? Or do you have questions that are not on the list that are more important and can potentially be answered?

Where do you think research should be concentrated and how much difference do you think answering these questions will make to policy?


The 100 questions

5 Comments:

At 5:43 pm, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Damned 'cookie' monster on my computer won't let me in on your '100 list'. The site is obviously keen to attract visitors. Would be interested to know who is leading on this list idea.....

 
At 7:18 pm, Blogger Pete Smith said...

Try losing the "?cookieSet=1" at the end of the link.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2006.01188.x

 
At 7:41 am, Blogger Matt Burge said...

Wouldn't have it. Will try my other computer later.

 
At 7:28 am, Blogger Pete Smith said...

Works for me, perhaps you've got finger trouble. Alternatively, you could always try drilling down from the Blackwell-Synergy home page.

 
At 7:22 pm, Blogger Pete Smith said...

Well, it wasn't just scientists that came up with the questions, it was a whole range of academics and policy organisations. In fact, the 100 questions (whittled down from 1003!) were chosen by the policy guys, and deliberately couched in the kind of vague language that policy guys thrive on.
It's a tough enough job choosing 10 from 100, how long did it take them to choose 100 from 1003? Still, there's only one of me and there was a whole crowd of them.
Can I get back to you?

 

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