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Deep Sea Microplastics

Deep Sea Microplastics

Seafloor microplastics are controlled by deep sea currents according to a new report published in the journal Science. This study shows how deep-sea currents act as conveyor belts, transporting tiny plastic fragments and fibres across the seafloor. These currents can concentrate microplastics within huge sediment accumulations, which the authors... read more »

Climate Indicators

Climate Indicators

Climate indicators for 2020 show a worsening of the climate globally it was revealed in a recent World Meteorological Office report. The State of the Global Climate 2020 highlights the latest indicators of the climate system, including greenhouse gas concentrations, increasing land and ocean temperatures, sea level rise, melting ice... read more »

Algae - an alternative to plastic

Algae - an alternative to plastic

A French think tank called Atelier Luma is investigating whether treated algae can be used an an alternative material to plastic. It showed off the technology at the World Economic Forum 2020 summit in Davos, Switzerland. Follow... read more »

Independent Environmental Regulator

Independent Environmental Regulator

The Environment Bill will establish a new independent environmental watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).  This strong and independent body is a key part of the government’s vision to lead the world in protecting our environment and building back greener from the COVID pandemic. Follow this link to read... read more »

Marine and coastal areas linked with better health and well-being

Marine and coastal areas linked with better health and well-being

A new study suggests that exposure to coastal environments can play a significant role in boosting human health and well-being, due to the ‘therapeutic effects’ of marine and coastal landscapes. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and UK Research and Innovation-led review in collaboration with... read more »

Greening the post-Covid Recovery

Greening the post-Covid Recovery

In May the Committee held a session on the environmental implications of the Covid-19 crisis. Witnesses stressed how critical it would be to align the post-crisis recovery stimulus with the UK’s goals on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development – given the short window of opportunity remaining to keep... read more »

Highly Protected Marine Areas

Highly Protected Marine Areas

An independent review led by former Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon and published on Mon 8 June, World Ocean Day 2020, is calling for the introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters. The review was commissioned on last year’s world ocean day by then Environment Secretary Michael... read more »

'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself' is a new marketing campaign launched by Defra in March 2020 and supported by Seafish that aims to get more of the British public eating fish. One of the key messages of the campaign is that you can get all the benefits of eating lovely... read more »

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Defra have published new figures showcasing the health and economic benefits of walking on England’s coastal paths. Their press release states that nearly 30 million walks demonstrates huge popularity of England's coastal paths. Follow this link to read the Defra press release about the benefits of England's Coastal Pathsread more »

National Bus Strategy

National Bus Strategy

The Campaign for Better Transport has produced a report showing that once again funding for buses has decreased, with 243 services around the country having been lost or reduced in the past year. But next year could be different: with the Government promising a National Bus Strategy and new... read more »