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CRU key to setting environmental agenda

Wed, 11 Jun 2008

The University of East Anglia - in particular its Climatic Research Unit - is the only university to be included in a list of the key bodies that have set the environmental agenda in the UK over the past 30 years.

The influential ENDS (Environmental Data Services) Report, a regular policy briefing for business professionals, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fact-packed special supplement reviewing the fast changing UK environmental scene over the past three decades.
In it, it outlines the most important people, ideas and policies during this period. Among the government bodies, the pressure groups and the businesses, the supplement names just one university: 'The University of East Anglia (and its Climate Research Unit)'.

It cites Professor Sir David King, the UK government's former chief scientific adviser, who described the school of environmental sciences at UEA to be "the strongest in the world".

And it says the Climatic Research Unit, established in 1972, "is widely recognised for navigating the study of climate change out of an academic backwater and has set the agenda for the major research effort in this area ever since".

Among the most influential individuals, it includes University of East Anglia Professor of Environmental Science, Bob Watson (Defra's chief scientific adviser and former head of the IPCC and climate adviser to the Clinton administration), and the late David Pearce. Formerly of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, based at the University of East Anglia and University College London, David Pearce was a pioneer of environmental economics.

"The ENDS Report is a highly influential publication and we are delighted to be singled out in this way for inclusion in this list," said Professor Jacquie Burgess, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences.

"Our Climatic Research Unit was investigating climate change before most people woke up to the challenges we face - and continues to be the leader in its field."