Is cake-eating a sport?

When ESI’s consultants Kat Mair, Rosanna Fildes and Heather Streetley announced they were going to undertake a mix of Quadrathlons and Triathlons to raise money for Cancer Research their teammates were quick to support – particularly when the word cake was mentioned!

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Abandoned landfills are polluting UK rivers, say scientists

Scientists from the British Geological Survey have been carrying out research into river pollution from old landfill sites. The focus of their investigation was Port Meadow which lies on the banks of the River Thames, north-west of Oxford, and the location for 11 disused landfills. Landfills are now lined with a thick layer of clay to reduce the risk of chemicals leaking out into the environment. However…

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CIWEM – Urban Drainage Conference

CIWEM’s Urban Drainage Group is holding its annual conference in Blackpool in November. This three-day event marks the Urban Drainage Group’s 30th anniversary and will feature representatives from utility companies, water boards, local authorities, government agencies and international organisations…

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Coastal defences combined with rising sea levels could increase flood risk, say scientists

Researchers at Bangor University have made a surprising discovery. Working on a research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), they set out to discover what effect rising sea levels over the next century would have on tides. Computer models were used to simulate how the tides would change if sea levels were one metre higher than at present. They looked at the effect on tidal range…

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Water Companies Under Pressure

Two news items reported recently on the WET News website reveal the pressure that water companies are currently facing due to regulatory concerns over performance, water quality and data quality…

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Managing Drought – NERC funds new research

The Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with four other UK research councils, is funding a five-year interdisciplinary research programme on UK Droughts and Water Scarcity. NERC says that “droughts and water scarcity jointly pose a substantial threat to the environment, agriculture, infrastructure, society and culture in the UK, yet our ability to characterise and predict their occurrence, duration and intensity, as well as minimise their impacts, is often inadequate”…

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DECC publishes Water Source Heat Map

To help promote low-carbon technology and renewable energy schemes, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published a “water source heat map.” The map identifies about forty rivers and estuaries that are a potential source of large-scale renewable heating for local communities through the development of water source heat pumps…

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Business to be given a lead role in reforming regulation

In a press release issued a fortnight ago, Defra together with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced plans that will allow businesses to have a greater say on how regulation is enforced. The move is part of the Government’s plans to reduce the impact of regulation on business and to reform the planning system via the Red Tape Challenge…

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Urban Water Infrastructure – First Global Survey

Researchers from the Nature Conservancy have conducted the first global survey of the water sources and infrastructure of the world’s largest cities. The research, published in the Global Environmental Change Journal, looked at the water infrastructure of the world’s 500 largest cities…

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How to dispose of nuclear waste? UK Government publishes White Paper on GDF

The UK Government published a White Paper last month on its proposals for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for the disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. The White Paper follows a public consultation that the Department of Energy and Climate Change carried out during 2013 on potential amendments to the existing process established in 2008 for siting a geological disposal facility…

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Consultation launched on London’s first long-term infrastructure plan

London’s population is growing by almost 100,000 a year and is predicted to reach more than 11 million people by 2050. In response, London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that London risks losing its position among the world’s elite cities unless a major programme of infrastructure investment is put in place to allow the capital to continue to operate efficiently and successfully…

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