Sir Nicholas Stern has produced his final report into the Economics of Climate Change and presented its findings to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, at the Royal Society in London.
Billed as the most comprehensive review of the economic effects of climate change, Sir Nicholas is optimistic:
There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, if we act now and act internationally. Governments, businesses and individuals all need to work together to respond to the challenge. Strong, deliberate policy choices by governments are essential to motivate change.
BBC News has produced an at-a-glance summary of the key findings, as well as a detailed look at the issues in their Climate Change in-depth section. Friends of the Earth have called for Stern Action to follow on from publication of the report, while the Tyndall Centre has welcomed the prospect of “a better informed and more transparent debate” as a consequence of the publication of the report.
Intute: Social Sciences links to more resources on the issue of Environmental Economics
With the US midterm elections less than 2 weeks away, Intute: Politics brings you a round up of some of the websites you can use to keep track of the state of play between the Democrats and the Republicans.
Electoral-vote.com is updated daily with the latest polls for the Congressional races, with an easy to view map showing how the new look Senate might look. This site was a major hit in the Presidential election in 2004 and their dedicated webmaster is working hard again to make it an essential visit for the psephologicaly minded.
BBC News has set a special blog called The Reporters: US mid-terms where a team of correspondents are providing updates on the election and daily digests of key stories from US the papers.
The Hotline is the National Journal’s daily briefing on politics. As well as their blog, they are providing daily video updates which are posted to the video sharing service You Tube, with 3 or 4 minutes clips, plus a longer show on Fridays.
Intute links to many more resources on the issue of US Elections
Oxford University reports that the 3rd annual report from the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training questions the amount of educational change going on in the secondary education system and urges a full assessment of the impact, cost and problems associated with such a large amoiunt of change taking place in a short period of time.
Researchers looking to find out more about thuis topic may wish to try the Journal of Education Policy from Taylor and Francis, PolicyLibrary’s Education Policy section or the NFER’s research on Educational Policy.
Intute: Education links to more resources on the issues of Educational Policy and Secondary Education
Here’s a round-up of the latest research news to have reached the inbox of the Intute: Education editors.
The Institute of Education Sciences in the United States, has launched a new email updating service called Newsflash, for those who wish to find out the latest in American based educational research. Users can specify which research centre or programme they want to receive updates from and some offer the chance to specify these updates down to the individual research project.
The most recent Research of the Month from the General Teaching Council for England focusses on Effective Talk in the Primary Classroom. It looks into patterns of talk during whole class teaching and shows how hard the demands of classroom teaching make it for teachers to move away from dominating classroom talk.
The Find Out More website recently highlighted the importance of basic skills for adults, showing that this can improve their confidence and their ability to deal with everyday tasks. Findings on financial benefits are more mixed, but good basic skills can be related to higher employability and wages.
Intute: Education links to the best web resources for the study of education. If you have any suggestions for items that might be added to our collection, please do get in touch.