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UK National Ecosystem Assessment

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

The hidden value of the natural environment has been shown for the first time in a new independent report revealing that nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy.  The report, UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), has used new approaches to estimate the value of the... read more »

North Solent SMP

North Solent SMP

Final approval has now been given to the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan by the Environment Agency . This is the final piece of documentation needed to conclude the SMP process, and is further to recent approval by Defra stating that the plan met imperative reasons of overriding public interest.  Along... read more »

New Director at Chichester Harbour

New Director at Chichester Harbour

Keen sailor, Siun Cranny, has been appointed to head Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Siun, will take on this newly created role to lead the well established team at the Harbour Office. Following the untimely death of Manager and Harbour Master, John Davis, last August... read more »

Climate Change & Coastal Communities

Climate Change & Coastal Communities

The UK's long coastline is relatively accessible to all of its population. The coast is the focus of important economic, environmental and social activities. Some of the country's most important natural habitats and heritage sites are located on the coast. The coast also concentrates important economic activities from fishing... read more »

England's Smaller Seaside Towns

England's Smaller Seaside Towns

A benchmarking report about England’s smaller seaside towns was published in 2010. The report presents a range of statistical evidence on socio-economic conditions and compares the figures from small seaside towns with regional and English averages and with the averages for larger seaside towns. The report is a direct counterpart... read more »

Balanced Seas

Balanced Seas

Balanced Seas is a project that will work in partnership with all those with an interest in the marine environment to identify and recommend Marine Conservation Zones for the inshore and off-shore waters of south-east England. The latest Balanced Seas Newsletter, Issue 7, can be downloaded HERE. Go to their... read more »

2010 Ties For Warmest Year

2010 Ties For Warmest Year

According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880. This was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average. For the contiguous United States alone, the 2010 average annual temperature was above normal,... read more »

Food and Climate Change

Food and Climate Change

Defra Science has just issued the Autumn 2010 edition of  'Elements', its online science magazine.  This edition is looking at the effect climate change may have food production, and how we can ensure a sustainable food supply in the face of potential change. Professor Bob Watson, Defra's Chief Scientific Adviser has the following to say: A changing climate... read more »

Flood & Erosion Risk

Flood & Erosion Risk

The Environment Agency has been working with Defra to develop a strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England. The strategy is required under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and will describe what needs to be done by all involved in flood and coastal risk... read more »

Climate Change

Climate Change

The Earth’s climate is changing, and these differences in global temperatures are already altering weather patterns, causing sea levels to rise and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. Even if emissions stop today, our past emissions mean changes to the climate will continue for the next 30-40 years.... read more »