PhD student receives honourable mention for White Rose Brussels Article Competition

A PhD student from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning has been announced as one of two runners up as part of the White Rose Brussels Article Competition with her piece 'Climate change and policy: opening the floodgates of opportunity'.

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Juliet de Little received an honourable mention and her article has been published on the White Rose Brussels website. The first paragraph is below.

As 2019 begins, many of us feel tentative about which direction the coming year will take. For those concerned about the impacts of climate change, the end of 2018 was characterised by urgent calls from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), tension-filled discussions at the COP24 in Katowice, and climate change protesters globally call to their governments for quicker action.

The special report released by the IPCC concluded that we have between 3-10 years before our carbon budget for sub 1.5 degree warming is expended, and 12 years to change consumption habits entirely. The struggles required to achieve this reversal logistically, let alone politically, are perplexing, but the key takeaway is that climate change effects are already existent, and forecasted to worsen, even with the ambitious target of 1.5 degrees.

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