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The Environment Agency wins a national award for “Bringing Back the River Bulbourne”

A partnership project between the Environment Agency and the Box Moor Trust in Hemel Hempstead has been recognised with a national award. The project has …

Asian hornet outbreak contained in Devon, says Defra

An Asian hornet nest has been destroyed in the Woolacombe area of Devon and no further live Asian hornets have been sighted, according to a 13 October …

$2.8 million awarded to research consortium studying impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Environmental and civil engineering consultancy HR Wallingford is one of a team of six research institutions led by Florida State University (FSU) which has …

Modular, living building material aims to contribute to London’s National Park City challenge

Global architecture firm WATG has unveiled a modular building material that can incorporate plants and irrigation – a ‘Green Block’ – following …

Forest grazing counteracts the effectiveness of trees to reduce flood risk

Planting trees can reduce flood risk, but a high intensity forest land use, such as grazing, can counteract the positive effect of the trees, a recently …

New research data tool provides a leap forward for ocean management

A new standard method for conducting ocean research, launched on 5 October at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, could help transform understanding of the …

Satellite maps variability of UK countryside

New hi-tech map reveals the most urban, most wooded and most arable counties The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has used the latest satellite …

UK’s damaged peatlands win new support to tackle climate change

A national initiative to conserve the UK’s peatlands has won a five year extension in a bid to stem the threats of climate change and flooding and tackle …

The life left in landfill: Veolia describes its recent stewardship of sites

Resource management firm Veolia has released information about its recent stewardship of landfill sites, supporting the claim that “there’s still life …

BP’s plan to deal with blowouts and spills near the Amazon Reef is unworkable, says Greenpeace

BP’s oil spill response plan, a key part of the firm’s application to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef in the Amazon Mouth Basin in Brazil, relies on …

Smartphone app lets divers record levels of marine debris

A smartphone app from the environmental organization Project AWARE® will enable scuba divers around the world to record levels of marine debris now causing …

Testing and certification body orders advanced ballast water monitoring kits as countries look to enforce compliance

Aqua-tools, a specialist in water microbiology, has delivered the first in a series of 30 state-of-the-art Rapid ATP Ballast Water Monitoring Systems to SGS …

New code of practice for tackling illegal fishing and depleting fisheries

BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new code of practice for importers and processors of seafood on how to navigate the murky waters of …

Geologists highlight ‘omnipresent’ effects of human impact on England’s landscape

‘Omnipresent’ signs demonstrating the effects of human impact on England’s landscape have been revealed by researchers from the University of Leicester. …

Ordnance Survey releases open dataset and free map of Britain’s Greenspaces

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces launched on 10 July with the release of a new database and interactive …

Algorithm enables rapid and effective tree census using Google Earth

Academics have developed technology which allows Google Earth to be used for a census of palm trees over vast swathes of land as part of a world-first research …

£50k bat cave opens in Scotland

Scotland-based firm NWH Group has invested £50,000 in preserving ‘bat caves’ at its Middleton Quarry site on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The business …

Rail operator’s infrastructure project “brings biodiversity to Bermondsey”

The construction of the Bermondsey Dive Under, a new railway junction to the east of London Bridge station, has increased biodiversity in the urban area of …

Successful projects announced for €3m research programme looking at offshore wind impacts

Wind power developer Vattenfall has awarded €3million of research funding to projects that promise to offer insight into the socio-economic impact of …

Aerial mapping firm launches tree failure risk tool

In partnership with the University of Lancaster, aerial mapping company Bluesky has launched a new tool which can be used to predict the likelihood of trees …

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