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Carbon Capture and Storage – CCSA publishes report

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) has published a report on the economic and strategic advantages of developing the UK’s carbon capture and storage capacity. The report states: “For over a decade, the UK has recognised the importance of commercialising carbon capture and storage in order to promote UK growth, deliver secure energy, and drive ambitious action on climate change….”

CIWEM statement on water leakage in the UK water distribution system

CIWEM has recently published a policy position statement on water leakage in the water distribution system in the UK. Explaining the context of the paper, CIWEM says: “Leakage is an important element in the supply-demand balance for most water supply companies. In the recent past droughts have exposed the vulnerability of some UK companies in maintaining supplies…”

Engineers issue warning over cuts in flood defence spending

Looking ahead to the summer budget, which the Chancellor will be presenting today (July 8th), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) issued words of warning last month over possible cuts in flood defence spending and infrastructure. The coalition government announced a six-year investment plan costing £2.3 billion for new flood defences…

Welsh National Assembly considers planning and the environment

Three bills concerned with planning and the environment are currently being considered by the National Assembly for Wales. The Planning (Wales) Bill was introduced last October and is now in its final stage before seeking Royal Assent. The Environment (Wales) Bill is still in its early stages…

New technology trials at historic landfills

Six closed landfill sites have been taking part in an EU-funded project which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the gas produced by the landfills for possible use, instead of being burned off using a gas flare. The £2.2 million project is known as the ACUMEN project…

The Costs of Flooding – New Research

A team of scientists have carried out new research into the economic and human costs of flooding. The authors say that the new study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to show “that trends and fluctuations in vulnerability to river floods around the world can be estimated by dynamic high-resolution modelling of flood hazard and exposure”…

New Environmental Standard – ISO 14001 2015

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for environmental management which was first published in 1996. It can be applied to all types and sizes of organizations including public, private and not-for-profit enterprises. The standard helps organizations put systems and processes in place to improve their environmental performance..

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015

The European Geosciences Union held its General Assembly in Austria last month. The European Geosciences Union is a non-profit international union of scientists with over 12,500 members from all over the world. This year’s event included an interactive session on hydro-meteorological science research and its applications, which demonstrated how to bridge the gap between science and practice in operational forecasting for different natural hazards…

Forthcoming CIWEM Events 2015

CIWEM’s Rivers and Coastal Group is holding its AGM next month. The event will be followed by a day of presentations on the future of flood and coastal erosion risk management. CIWEM is also holding a seminar in November on drinking water which will look at developments in water quality, treatment and distribution…