Storm over Government decision to archive Green Infrastructure planning guidance

The UK Government has decided to exclude online planning resources regarding ‘Green Infrastructure’ from its main planning guidance portal. Until recently the Green Infrastructure planning guidance was found as a link on the Natural England website. However, in line with the Government’s aim of simplifying the planning process, planning resources have migrated to the GOV.UK website with planning guidance gathered together under one roof – but the Green Infrastructure guidance is notable for its absence…

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Sustainability West Midlands organises resilience workshops for farmers

Sustainability West Midlands, in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Farming Advice Service, has organised four workshops for farmers in Shropshire and Herefordshire. Sustainability West Midlands says “these workshops are for farmers who would like to learn more about how to manage their land in light of the impacts of severe weather events…”

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Satellite data for flood warnings and smarter government

In a recent announcement, the UK Government has said that satellite data could soon be playing a bigger role in Government services with the start of the first 14 projects funded under the UK Space Agency’s ‘Space for Smarter Government Programme’. The Space for Smarter Government Programme is a national programme established by the UK Space Agency in 2014 and will be delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult…

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‘International Year of Soils 2015′ highlights importance of soil

2015 has been designated as the ‘International Year of Soils’ by the United Nations, following a declaration of its 68th General Assembly held in 2013. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has been nominated to implement the aims of International Year of Soils 2015 and will be promoting a number of events…

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Building resilience to extreme weather

In a recent report, the Royal Society describes the problem of extreme weather and makes a number of recommendations to improve resilience. The report was published shortly before the United Nations conference on climate change, held in Peru in December…

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Global Risks 2015 – Environmental risks take centre stage

The World Economic Forum has published the 10th edition of its Global Risks report this month. The report is published annually and features an assessment by around 900 experts via a Global Risk Perception Survey of the top global risks facing the world over the next decade. The risks are assessed in terms of likelihood and in terms of impact…

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