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Sea Tree

Sea Tree

The Sea Tree is intended to be a floating structure moored out in the water by a cable. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis from the Waterstudio, the tree is comprised of a series of layers for use as homes by plant and animal species both above and... read more »

National Planning Policy Framework

National Planning Policy Framework

The final version of the National Planning Policy Framework for England has now been published.  The document sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. It sets out the Government’s requirements for the planning system only to the extent that it is... read more »

Floating Not Flooding

Floating Not Flooding

Planning permission was granted in February 2012 for a property described by its architect as the UK’s first ‘amphibious’ house. According to Baca Architects, the firm behind the plans, an amphibious house is a building that “rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, the... read more »

Public Values of the Marine Environment

Public Values of the Marine Environment

'Public Perceptions of Europe’s Seas – A Policy Brief' is a European survey on what the public values in terms of the marine environment and governance. One of the authors, Dr Tavis Potts, Scottish Association of Marine Science says: ‘The report presents the results and key highlights of a... read more »

Environment & Wildlife Statistics

Environment & Wildlife Statistics

The annual summary of environmental statistics has been published by Defra. This covers a range of summary statistics on the environment in the United Kingdom. The aim is to provide information that can be used by members of the public wanting to monitor the impact of environmental interventions or... read more »

Green Investment Bank

Green Investment Bank

The first Green Investment Bank is now a little closer to becoming a reality now that Business Secretary Vince Cable has published the criteria for deciding where the Bank will be based and what the Bank’s first priorities will be until 2016. The Green Investment Bank is designed to accelerate... read more »

Coastal Erosion Maps

Coastal Erosion Maps

Two pilot maps showing coastal erosion for Northumberland and North Tyneside and the South Downs, have been published by the Environment Agency. The maps were developed in conjunction with local councils and provide information for the public on how coastal erosion could affect where they live over the next... read more »

Localism Act 2011

Localism Act 2011

The Government’s plans to give local communities more say about planning and development passed into law when the Localism Act received Royal Assent on 15th November 2011. The Localism Act represents the first stage of the Government’s sweeping reforms to the planning regime in England and Wales. The Act introduces a... read more »

Ten International Climate Science facts

Ten International Climate Science facts

Climate change is happening to all of us – and because of us. Here are 10 facts you should know: 1. The first decade of this century was the warmest decade on the instrumental record. Visit the met office website for details 2. In the past 100 years the Earth has... read more »

Energy and Efficiency

Energy and Efficiency

The Energy Act has become law setting in stone the legal framework for the Green Deal, which will be launched in Autumn next year. The Green Deal will revolutionise the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes and businesses. It will help people insulate against rising energy prices, creating homes which... read more »

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