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EEA Report – State of the Environment 2015

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a report that evaluates the state of the European environment, using data from a number of published sources. The report also analyses opportunities to amend existing environmental policies in line with the EU’s 2050 vision…

ESI releases new version of its Groundwater Flood Risk Map

ESI Ltd is pleased to announce the release of a new version of its ground-breaking Groundwater Flood Risk Map. The latest version was released on the 1st of May 2015. Version 1.3 reflects ESI’s ongoing investment into developing the most authoritative and up-to-date Groundwater Flood Risk Map of the UK…

Simplifying guidance on groundwater protection

Today (May 7th) is polling day in the UK, and tomorrow is the deadline set by the current government for the ability to comment on its proposals to simplify guidance on groundwater protection. The proposals are part of the government’s ongoing plan to streamline planning guidance and make it more accessible…

Wales Water Conference – ‘Wales Water 2015′

The leading publication for the UK water industry ‘Water and Wastewater Treatment’ has organised a one-day conference for water professionals and environmentalists to be held in Cardiff on May 20th. ‘Wales Water 2015′ will bring together representatives from central and local government, water utilities, contractors, environmental and economic regulators, NGOs and consumer bodies…

Thames Water sets out plans to tackle sewer flooding

Thames Water has announced it has invested £346 million to reduce the risk of sewer flooding for 2,500 properties in the Greater London area by 2015. The investment is focused on reducing the risk of flooding to properties which have already suffered internal flooding and its plans include the building of underground tanks to collect and store heavy rainfall, increasing the capacity of its sewers, and offering flood mitigation to homes at risk…

Invasive Species – New laws and new initiatives

Defra, together with Natural England and the Environment Agency, is funding a collaborative project called the Cumbria Freshwater Invasive and Non-Native Initiative (CFINNS), whilst in another initiative a team at the University of Bristol has developed a PlantTracker app to help curb the spread of the UK’s most invasive non-native plant species…

Infrastructure Act gives new powers to environmental authorities

New laws came into force last month designed to combat the spread of invasive and non-native plant and animal species. Part Four of the Infrastructure Act 2015 has amended Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which was designed to prevent certain plants and animals being released into the wild…

Groundwater in Karst – International Conference

The University of Birmingham is hosting an international conference in June 2015 on groundwater in karst. The conference will include a three-day oral and poster presentation program from Monday June 22nd to Wednesday June 24th with an optional mid-conference field trip to local underground limestone mines…

World’s first energy-generating tidal lagoons planned for UK

Tidal Lagoon Power (PLC) has announced plans to build a series of six energy-generating tidal lagoons in the UK. The first in the series, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, is currently awaiting a decision from the Planning Inspectorate regarding consent following a three-month examination of the planning application. In a separate development, the company is currently in negotiations with DECC…

Infrastructure Act 2015

The UK Government’s Infrastructure Bill received Royal Assent last month and is now the Infrastructure Act 2015. The Act encompasses transport, energy provision, housing development and nationally significant infrastructure projects…