Category: Climate change

Urgent action needed to adapt to climate change

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Professor Lord John Krebs has said that while there was “no question” that the first response to climate change should be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is still “crucial to prepare for the inevitable changes” that will occur as a result of emissions that have already been made. This comes hot on the heels

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Good news for Green Infrastructure

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The government has issued new specific guidance on Green Infrastructure (GI) as part of their National Planning Practice Guidance.  It’s been published to help with the implementation of the main national planning document, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. The NPPF defines Green Infrastructure as a network of multi-functional green space, urban and

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Environment Agency publishes new Climate Change guidance for Flood Risk Assessments

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The Environment Agency has in the last month published new guidelines on how Climate Change should be considered in Flood Risk Assessments. Consideration of potential climate change impacts on river flow, rainfall, sea level rise and wave heights is important to ensure that development is prepared for future conditions, and that the people who live

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New report shows strong public support for renewable energy

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A recently published independent report shows public support for renewable energy considerably outweighs the popularity of ‘conventional’ energy sources. Research group Opinium have published a new report investigating the state of the UK energy market, including consumer attitudes to renewables. Renewable generation was found to be a key differentiating factor in consumer brand choices. The

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Johns Associates reinforces Flood Risk Assessment capabilities

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Johns Associates’ water team strengthened its flood risk capabilities this month as Principal Consultant Tom Styles attended a two-day intensive training course to enable the full roll-out of improved drainage design calculation software on Johns Associates’ Flood Risk Assessments and drainage strategies. The new software is called ReFH2 and has been developed by the UK

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Environmental Issues Continue to Move to the Mainstream

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This week has seen environmental issues grabbing the headlines for a number of reasons. The talks in Paris are the latest attempts to thrash out a global deal to arrest greenhouse gas emissions, and the floods in Cumbria and elsewhere pose unanswerable questions around climate change, flood science, and investment of scarce financial resources.  

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