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Balfour Beaty publishes roadmap paper on biodiversity net gain

On 25 April infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty launched the latest of its public policy papers, “A Better Balance: A Roadmap to Biodiversity Net Gain”. The …

Taking to the skies to find Scotland’s coastal and marine litter hotspots

Charity collaboration aims to lead mass clean up operation Three very different charities have joined forces to map the extent of marine litter around …

Channel 4 Dispatches seemingly uncovers reckless deforestation being used to feed Drax

An investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches that was televised on 14 April has aimed to expose the destruction behind the UK utility Drax’s move to replace …

Study highlights threat from pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers

Pharmaceutical drugs are present in rivers and waterways around the world, at levels that present a danger to wildlife, and which are continuing to increase at …

Supermarket’s move to ban palm oil products: understandable but possibly misguided

Responding to the news that Iceland is banning palm oil from its own brand products, Dr Jake Bicknell and Dr Matthew Struebig argue that the plan could …

Warning of dangerous decline in biodiversity across the world

IPBES is warning that biodiversity continues to decline in every region of the world …

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination

Microplastics found in two thirds of samples, many carrying toxic chemicals The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland – published on 7 …

Melbourne event promises to reveal the secrets of a healthy and sustainable city

City decision makers, planners, landscape architects and the horticulture industry are invited to attend the next International Green City Conference of the …

DNA pinpoints river animals in the here-and-now, new research reveals

New research proves that environmental DNA survives for less than two days in small fast-flowing rivers …

Study looks for lithium ‘fingerprint’ from space

A team of data scientists at the Satellite Applications Catapult is leading a new study, funded by Innovate UK, to see if it is possible to detect a lithium …

French expedition aims to advance understanding of what lies beneath the Arctic ice

The warming of the Arctic Ocean and the retreat of the ice cover at the North Pole is presenting new opportunities for exploration …

Charity renews appeal for plastic charge “after Theresa May fails to deliver concrete actions in 25 year plan”

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it's renewing its call for levies on single-use plastic items because the Prime Minister’s pledge to tackle litter …

The era of mega hydropower in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be over

The era of mega-dams in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be coming to an end, according to the California-based non-profit organisation Amazon Watch, …

UN resolution commits member states to ocean pollution measures

More than 200 countries have signed a UN resolution that will encourage member states to take greater action on the issue of marine pollution, including …

Whiskey maker awarded for work to restore oysters to Dornoch Firth

Firm's commitment to Highland neighbourhood honoured with three sustainability awards …

River expansion boosts biodiversity, in Netherlands study

Researchers at Utrecht University and Radboud University appear to have revealed the successful combination of a lower flood risk with the start of …

CIWEM calls on Government to strengthen the power of catchment partnerships

CIWEM has published its vision for the future management of land and water under the government’s 25-year environment plan, saying a strengthened catchment …

Book explores future impact of the Anthropocene

A new book series titled Anthropocene has just been launched by Croatian academic book publisher Skolska knjiga, with the first title being Zemlja nakon nas, a …

“Biological house” is proving ground for sustainable construction methods

Copenhagen based architecture firm Een til Een has unveiled what it describes as the world’s first “biological house”. The construction is …

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 …

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