Review recommends introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas

A review led by former Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon is calling for the introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters.

The review was commissioned in 2019...

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SEPA report on measures that could raise £1 billion for Scottish biodiversity

The Scottish Conservation Finance Project, a report by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), has proposed a series of measu...

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UK's largest solar park receives development consent

The Secretary of State has granted development consent for Cleve Hill Solar Farm in Kent.

Once built the site will comprise a solar photovoltaic array made up of 880...

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Research undertaken into modern methods of construction

Homes England are undertaking research into how the country's housing targets could be met by modern methods of construction. The Government housing agency has an objective to improve construction...

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UK could be on course for its first gigafactory

Battery developers AMTE Power and Britishvolt are jointly assessing the potential for a £4 billion battery facility.

The two British firms aim to create and expand a domestic manufact...

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Environment Agency adapts to regulate waste industry during COVID-19

Whilst lockdown and social distancing measures meant it was not business as usual for regulators like the Environment Agency, this did not prevent them from carrying out the...

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World's first hydrogen gas network for homes proposed

SGN has requested permission by the energy regulator Ofgem to build the world's first renewable hydrogen network for homes in Scotland.

The proposed H100 Fife facili...

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HSE resume site inspections

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have announced they are resuming proactive site inspections. They had stopped undertaking their usual spot-check inspections after the...

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Clean Growth Fund launched by Government

A £40 million Clean Growth Fund has been launched by the Government and the CCLA to provide funds for green start-ups.

The fund made up of joint contributions from the treasury and th...

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Two historical sites given protection

Historic England has announced that two historic and significant sites in England have been given protected status to ensure their survival.

One of the sites is a fo...

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Levels of microplastic pollution higher than previously thought

Latest research has found that it is likely we have underestimated the levels of microplastic pollution in our oceans.

In a recent study scientists trawled waters off the UK and US coast an...

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Majority of planning authorities don't have an up-to-date local plan

A report by the Countryside Charity, CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), has found that the majority of local planning authorities are relying on out-dated local plans...

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European Commission adopt new biodiversity strategy

The European Commission have adopted two new strategies that set out actions and commitments to halt biodiversity loss in Europe and worldwide and transform our food systems...

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Caution with hand sanitisers

Caution must be used when alcohol-based sanitisers are used to clean hands before touching metal surfaces, lighting cigarettes or other potential ignition sources.

The International Associa...

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Housing development refused in order to protect SSSI

In November 2018, a planning application was submitted to the City of York for the development of 516 residential units, a local centre, sports pavilion, along with ecological protection and enhanc...

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