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November 2023



Valuing Nature for Economic Growth, Well-Being, and Happiness: Exploring Perspectives from Economics to Buddhist Philosophy

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This Aberystwyth University 150th Anniversary Event explores four different perspectives on valuing nature (from economics to Buddhist philosophy) that can help us address the biodiversity crisis and create a more harmonious relationship with the natural world.

The event will comprise four short presentations from our world-leading value experts and practitioners, followed by a 30-minute panel discussion hosted by the former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

Speakers include: Dr Ruth Waters (Director of Evidence at Natural England), Prof Mike Christie (Professor of Environmental and Ecological Economics, Aberystwyth University and Chair of the IPBES Values Assessment), Dr Karen Darke MBE (Mindfulness speaker), His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche (Head of the Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery in Trongsa, Bhutan and enthroned as the Fifth successive reincarnation of Kyabgon Khedrupchen Jigme Kundro).


"How Bad Could it Be?" Future Effects of Marine Microplastic Pollution: Expectations and Policy Preferences

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Join us next week for our final webinar webinar of 2023, with Dr Peter King.

About the Study

There is scientific uncertainty about the long-term health impacts of microplastics, yet the growing concentration of microplastics heightens the potential for discovering health effects in the future. The popular perception of microplastic ingestion risks suggests that public support for mitigation measures stems from perceived benefits rather than actual risk reduction. Using a stated preference study of individual option prices, we linked individuals’ subjective distribution of beliefs about the future harms of microplastics to their willingness to pay for mitigation measures, demonstrating that the benefits of mitigation may be driven by uncertainty aversion and pessimism about future states of the world.


COP28: Better Understanding Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Accelerating Science-Based Climate Action

The official event page is hereAnyone can watch online at the link above from 2:30pm (GMT). If you are attending COP28 and have Blue Zone access, you can join at 6:30pm (GTS, Dubai)

About the event

The Royal Society and International Science Council are co-hosting an UNFCCC side event in the Blue Zone at COP28. It's proximity to decision-makers in the Blue Zone affords it potential influence in global cooperation in climate change economics.

This event will bring together economists and climate scientists to set out key actions and research priorities to improve estimates of economic impacts to better inform decision making. It builds on recent work by the Royal Society on climate change economics, chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern FRS with a report due to be published shortly.

Confirmed speakers include Zakri Abdul Hamid (Chairman of Atri Advisory), Professor Cameron Hepburn (Battcock Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford), Professor Jim Skea (IPCC Chair), Professor Detlef Stammer (Director of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, University of Hamburg). Dr Tolullah Oni (University of Cambridge) will moderate.

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