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OEP Report Coast and Waterways

OEP Report Coast and Waterways

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has carried out a review of the key legislation regarding water quality – the Water Framework Directive (WFD) Regulations for England – and how they are being implemented by Defra and the Environment Agency through River Basin Management Planning (RBMP). The report finds that... read more »

Climate Stripes

Climate Stripes

Global temperatures were so hot in 2023 that the latest climate stripes image needs a whole new colour to show it, its creator said. Professor Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at NCAS, University of Reading, has published the first updated climate stripes image for the globe using the latest interim data for 2023. The stripe representing 2023 will require the darkest red colour from the current scale. Follow this link to read more about Climate Stripesread more »

Coastal visits linked to well-being

Coastal visits linked to well-being

Coastal destinations are highly popular for leisure, yet the effects of spending time at the coast on mental and physical health have remained underexplored. To accelerate the research about the effects of the coast on health, Belgian scientists compiled a dataset from a survey of nearly 2000 Flemish adults... read more »

Hemsby 'roll-back' homes

Hemsby 'roll-back' homes

Villagers on a vulnerable stretch of coast at Hemsby, about 7.5 miles north of Great Yarmouth, who face losing their homes to the sea could be offered new plots further inland on which to rebuild their properties. Follow this link to read more about the Hemsby roll-back proposal.read more »

Marine Conservation Advice Packages

Marine Conservation Advice Packages

Natural England are publishing the new draft Marine Conservation Advice package for Yarmouth to Cowes Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). The updates to existing packages in this publication round are reflected in the most recent ‘October 2023 publication updates’ document, available on the MPA CA Guidance page. Marine Conservation... read more »

National Drought Group

National Drought Group

Summer 2022 followed a trend towards hotter drier summers. Record breaking temperatures exceeded 40C for the first time and for many parts of England it was the driest summer on record. Drought conditions remained across most of the country for the latter part of the year, and exceptionally low... read more »

Marine Species and Subsea cables report

Marine Species and Subsea cables report

The Crown Estate and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) have released a report which aims to help stakeholders involved in offshore wind developments better assess the impacts of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from subsea power cables on the marine environment. The report will lead to an improved... read more »

NOC Storms & Waves UK Report

NOC Storms & Waves UK Report

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have authored a report for the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) that shows how UK seas could see significantly higher waves and stronger storms as a result of climate change. The increase in wave heights can be attributed to... read more »

UK National Water Quality Instrumentation Service

UK National Water Quality Instrumentation Service

The Environment Agency's National Water Quality Instrumentation Service  are being so helpful with CHASM's water quality monitoring at West Pole and within Chichester Harbour by making sure it is as efficient and effective as possible. Set up in 2011, here is a little more information about the service: 'The Environment... read more »

Calls for better water testing

Calls for better water testing

South Tyneside Council has written to the Secretary of State for the Environment to lobby for better procedures in water quality testing, highlighting the Council's commitment to the environment and challenging the Government to do more to help protect waters nationally. Follow this link to read the South Tyneside... read more »