New land subsidy rules for farmers who protect soil

In 2022, for the first time, farmers will be paid for looking after soil health.

Nearly all farmers are likely to be eligible to apply for the payments which cover arable soils for crop cul...

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Improving air quality could save thousands of lives a year in the UK

The World Health Organisation (WHO) revised their guidelines for air quality back in September. Since then two studies have looked at the predicted health benefits of implementing these air quality...

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Brownfield Land Release fund allocates further money to projects

A further £11 million has been allocated to projects from the Brownfield Land Release Fund managed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

These funds wil...

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Hydrogen plant planned for North East

BP has announced plans to build a hydrogen plant in Teesside, in the North East of England, known as 'HyGreen Teesside', that could produce up to 500MW of hydrogen by 2030.

The plant is exp...

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Global renewable electricity capacity to see 60% increase over next 5 years

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report which forecasts their predictions for future global renewable electricity capacity.

They believe that by the end of 2021 ther...

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Cows helping to supply power to over 750,000 homes

When discussing climate change, methane emissions from cows attract much criticism and cause for concern. Now however it seems that cows are doing their bit to help the UK reduce its emissions from...

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Survey shows most MPs in favour of all new builds having renewables

A survey commissioned by the MCS Charitable Foundation, has found that most MPs (77%) approve of the idea to require all new builds to incorporate small-scale renewables, like solar PV and hea...

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HSE launch working minds campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched their Working Minds campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about how to recognise and respond to the signs of stress in...

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Quarry fined for blasting operation safety breaches

Breedon Trading Ltd, have been fined for safety breaches following a fly rock projection during the use of explosives at a blast at Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry in North Wales.

On 15 January 2020, b...

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Firm fined after repeat safety breaches

Knowsley based company Securafence Ltd, who manufacture perimeter protection products, have been fined following repeat breaches of health and safety law.

Over a period of 18 months between...

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Brownfield first policy needed

The Countryside Charity, CPRE, has published a new report, Recycling our Land: State of Brownfield 2021 which sets out numerous recommendations for brownfield sites in England.

CPRE states...

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Planning system lacking in ability to promote net-zero goals

Chair of the Climate Change Committee (CCC), Lord Deben, has said that the current planning system is 'extremely ill-prepared for net zero'.

His comments came at the Town and Country Planni...

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Calls to ban developers from building on high-risk flood areas

Think tank Localis have urged Michael Gove, the Housing and levelling-up secretary, to ban developers from building homes in high-risk flood areas.

A research report produced by Localis, Pl...

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£20m a year for tidal power

The UK Government has promised to invest £20 million a year to tidal stream electricity under the renewable energy auction scheme, the biggest investment in a generation into tidal power.

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HFCs being smuggled into the UK

An investigation undertaken by the BBC has found that there is a black market in hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are being smuggled into the UK from Eastern Europe.

HFCs are a type of fluor...

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