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- Going wild? A radical green plan for Nottingham's unloved shopping centre 4th December 2020Could replacing empty shops with wetlands, woodlands and meadows offer a new model for cities? Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn empty 1970s shopping centre in Nottingham could be transformed into wetlands, pocket woodlands and a wildflower meadow as part of a post-pandemic urban rewilding project.The debate about Broadmarsh shopping centre, considered an […]
- Pollutionwatch: toxic threat from wood burning and tyre dust 4th December 2020Swiss study analyses different sources of air pollution – the fourth largest risk factor for early deathGlobally, breathing polluted air is the fourth largest risk factor for an early death. Most of this health impact comes from particles that pollute the air that we breath. We know from industrial diseases that inhaling some types of […]
- Art Basel Miami 2020: climate change concerns dominate unusual year 3rd December 2020This year’s mostly virtual art fair is filled with environmental artwork with a sole purpose: to drive those in power to act before it’s too lateIt’s usually that time of year when celebrities and art aficionados descend upon Miami for the city’s edition of Art Basel, a week of art fairs, parties and VIP guestlists. […]
- UK to slash emissions by 68% by 2030, as part of Paris Agreement NDC 3rd December 2020The UK Government will aim to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030, as part of a domestic action plan that will deliver the nation's contribution towards the Paris Agreement and limiting global temperature increases to well below 2C and build towards net-zero by 2050.
- North Sea energy sector requires 'urgent investment' to reach net-zero 30th November 2020Investment into net-zero technologies such as floating offshore wind and clean hydrogen could capture up to £125bn in annual benefits from the North Sea energy sector, but a new report has warned that jobs in the area could fall by at least 20% without incentivising policies.
- UK's largest battery storage project receives planning consent in Essex 30th November 2020The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has granted planning consent for one of the world's largest battery storage projects to be delivered on the banks of the Thames in Essex.
- New vision to rewild Nottingham city centre 4th December 2020Wildlife Trust unveils ambitious post-Covid wildscape to replace notoriously bleak shopping mall
- Horror at destruction of nationally important UK river 3rd December 2020Major damage to River Lugg in Herefordshire will be test case for Government commitment to strengthen wildlife protection.
- Stephen Fry backs The Wildlife Trusts’ appeal on Giving Tuesday 1st December 202030 by 30 is an “audacious and courageous” ambition
- The UK Soil Bank 27th November 2020What is the UKCEH Soil Bank?The UKCEH Soil Bank is UKCEH’s facility for storing and analysing soil samples from nationally important surveys and experiments. It contains soils from across England,...
- Hydrometry: River Discharge Monitoring using ADCPs 25th November 2020Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) offer a well-proven and highly effective method for River Discharge Monitoring. ADCPs can help you to obtain accurate discharge measurements in a variety of...
- New citizen science app will support regeneration of UK’s sand dunes 24th November 2020A flexible app developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will enable citizen scientists to monitor the impacts of climate change and invasive species on sand dunes, as well as...
- Is the government able to achieve its environmental goals? 4th December 2020This post is by Katy Losse, manager of environment studies at the National Audit Office (NAO). It is now nine years since the government set an ambition to be the first generation to improve the natural environment in England. The NAO’s experience of auditing large scale, longer term or cross government projects and programmes makes […]
- Why the government can’t continue to ignore international aviation and shipping in its climate plans 3rd December 2020This post is by Ryan Leung, policy assistant at Green Alliance The UK is about to set its 2030 climate target (otherwise known as its Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC) as part of the UN COP process in which countries increase their ambitions on national plans to tackle climate change. Currently, emissions from international aviation […]
- There is no point planting trees if we don’t look after them 1st December 2020This post is by independent tree consultant, Paul Wood In case you hadn’t noticed, trees are having a moment. And you can expect them to have an even higher profile over the coming days as 2020’s National Tree Week gets under way. National Tree Week takes place at this time of year to mark the […]
- Country diary: these confident corvids live life on the edge 4th December 2020Gwennap Head, Cornwall: Once extinct in the county, choughs have made a comeback on the wind-blasted Cornish coastThis is a place of horizontals and verticals – flat grazed headlands, wide horizons and precipitous cliffs. Wind racing in off the Atlantic hits the upright rock faces head on and is deflected by the towering right angle […]
- Country diary: fascinated by the falsehood of things 3rd December 2020Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: A sunbeam bends into a rainbow over the trees, fields and lanes, against the dark-light of cloudSunlight startles trees and lets small birds furtle through the ash crowns shining green-gold. The last beam breaks against a lowering sky to reveal the coming rain that would otherwise slip in through the gloaming.In this […]
- A childhood home gone but not erased | Letter 2nd December 2020A country diary evokes memories of growing up in a camp in Old Sulehay forest, writes Marie DavisHow surprised I was to see a description of Old Sulehay, Northamptonshire, with no mention of the Old Sulehay I grew up in (Country diary, 26 November). On the north-west side of the woods was Sulehay camp – […]
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- Radical reassessment needed to hit net zero emissions by 2050, says NAO 4th December 2020Watchdog finds UK is projected to fail to meet targets aimed at achieving climate goal Boris Johnson’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” that can only be achieved with a radical reassessment of priorities, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog.The National Audit Office (NAO) has […]
- UK vows to outdo other major economies on emissions cuts by 2030 3rd December 2020Boris Johnson promises to go further and faster by setting target of 68% reduction in annual carbon emissionsThe UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions further and faster than any other major economy in the next decade, according to a new carbon target set out by the prime minister.There will be a reduction of 68% in […]
- Climate change: what is the UK's NDC and why is it important? 3rd December 2020NDCs contain many components but the central point is a near-term target for 2030 on emissions cutsEvery country signing up to the Paris agreement set out a target, known as a nationally determined contribution (NDC) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030. But the initial round in 2015 were insufficient to fulfil the Paris […]
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