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 Northern Hemisphere Biosphere's ability to sequester CO2 may have peaked

New article by James Curran and Samuel Curran explores evidence from analysis of the Keeling curve that the Northern
Hemisphere biosphere may already have peaked in its ability to sequester CO2.  


Community Buyout of Keose Glebe Estate Buyout Completed

The Keose Glebe Estate in the Isle of Lewis is now in community ownership following successful completion of a buyout on March 22nd 2016.  More details here


Living with the Land: Debate Land Reform and Land Use in Scotland

I'll be providing an overview of land reform as part of a "question time event" organised by Scottish Environment Link on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at the Serenity Cafe, EH8 8PJ, from 6-8pm.


The Environmental Implications of Redistributive Land Reform 

I'll be be discussing 'The Environmental Implications of Redistributive Land Reform' along with Dr Jayne Glass (University of the Highlands and Islands) and Malcolm Combe on October 13th. This is the first lecture of Edinburgh Law School's 2015/16 Environmental Law Lecture series organised in association with Brodies LLP.


Land Reform Minister addresses SL&E and CLS Annual Conferences

 Dr Aileen McLeod, Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Environment, gave keynote speeches at Scottish Land and Estates' annual spring conference on May 19th and Community Land Scotland's annual conference on May 22nd.  The text of Dr McLeod's SL&E speech is available here and the text of her CLS speech is available here .  


Ex-post Evaluations of European Territorial Co-operation Programmes 

I'm currently working as a core project team member in partnership with ADE Consulting on ex-post evaluations of the 2007-13 European Territorial Co-operation programmes on behalf of the European Commission.  The evaluations are examining programme achievements with particular reference to the themes of 'Research, Technology and Innovation'; 'Environment Protection and Enhancement'; and 'Capacity Building'.  I'm involved in evaluating the 'PEACE III' 'Ireland Wales', 'France (Channel) England' and 'Romania Bulgaria' IVA Programmes.  The project will report in December 2015.   


Great Bernera Community Buyout Ballot Result

Residents of the Bernera Estate on the Isle of Lewis have voted in favour of a community buyout of the Estate following a ballot held on March 19th 2014.  The result was YES - 142; NO - 37 on an 85.2% turnout. I led the consultancy team assessing the feasibility of a community buyout on behalf of the Great Bernera Community Development Trust and wish the community well for the future.  


Call for Cross-Party Consensus on Croft House Grant Scheme 

Following my Focus article of March 6th for the West Highland Free Press on Why the Croft House Grant Scheme Matters , Brian Wilson used his WHFP column of March 13th to call for cross-party support amongst Crofting Counties MSP's for the restoration of the scheme's value and the reintroduction of a loan element to it.