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Air pollution killing thousands of Europeans every year, according to the EU's environmental authority
(Natural News) A report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, has revealed that ambient air pollution still accounted for more than half a million premature deaths across Europe despite little improvements in the continent’s air quality. The recent report has shown that 520,400 premature deaths in 41 European countries have been caused by air pollutants stemming from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year
The Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency found 520,400 premature deaths in 41 European countries were caused by air pollutants from fossil fuels in 2014. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BAM, UBA and BfR in US to promote careers in German departmental research
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Together with the Bundesanstalt f ü r Materialforschung und -pr ü fung and the German Environment Agency, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment will provide information about careers in departmental research to German scientists in the US at the Annual Convention of the German Academic International Network (GAIN) in San Francisco from Aug. 25-27, 2017. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Miles of forgotten first world war trenches unearthed in England
Vast extent of the fortifications surprises archaeologists who used new technology and the knowledge of local historiansThe full extent of the networks of trenches and defensive fortifications built in England during the first world war has been revealed in the first major survey of its kind.Detailing how resources were concentrated along England ’s eastern and southern coasts – where the main thrust by an invading German army was expected to come – the study draws on existing periodicals and local history as well asLiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) data gleaned from the use of lasers by the Enviro...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ben Quinn Tags: First world war UK news Archaeology Science Source Type: news

UNISON is ‘ strong and stable ’ WET conference hears
“We are strong and stable – even if the government isn’t.” That was the message from UNISON’s water, environment and transport (WET) service group executive chair Ruth Davis this morning, as she addressed the group’s conference in Brighton. “We live in difficult times, but we must carry on and not allow” people to make us change our lives,” she said of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, together with the Grenfell Tower fire. Ms Davis thanked public service workers who have tackled these events. Reminding delegates of the Conservative government&rsquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News WET WET conference 2017 Source Type: news

UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform, dubbed the Global Mosquito Alert, that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN-backed network brings together thousands to help tackle mosquito-borne diseases
In an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, the United Nations environment agency together with partners has launched a new collaborative platform that seeks to track and control the vector responsible for close to 2.7 million deaths annually. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Singapore confirms two new cases of Zika virus
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

No new Zika cases in Singapore on Tuesday - government agency website
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore did not report any new cases of Zika virus on Tuesday, according to data published on National Environment Agency website. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Singapore says confirms 26 more local transmission Zika cases
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore confirmed 26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections, the health ministry and National Environment Agency (NEA)said in a joint statement on Saturday, bringing the tally to 215. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Africa: 'Pollution Kills As Many People As Cancer Does'
[UN News] The new head of the United Nations environment agency today laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Bolt of Lightning Has Killed 323 Reindeer in Norway
A single lightning strike is believed to have killed more than 300 reindeer in Norway. A total of 323 reindeer were found dead in the southern part of Norway on the Hardangervidda plateau, a press release from the Norwegian Environment Agency said. Among the 323 killed were 70 calves. An official from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate discovered their carcasses during a routine inspection on Friday. Officials said they believe the herd of reindeer was killed by lightning strike as they huddled together during a heavy thunderstorm. Of the 323 reindeer killed, five had to be euthanized because of their injuries. (Source: TI...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized animals norway Source Type: news

NTU and NEA collaborate to develop a waste-to-energy research facility
(Nanyang Technological University) The National Environment Agency (NEA) today signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) to co-fund the development of a S$40 million Waste-To-Energy Research Facility. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 13, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Shadow minister praises UNISON’s work for a living wage water industry
“Thanks to UNISON’s hard work, the water industry is becoming the first multi-company industry to adopt the living wage,” shadow minister Alex Cunningham told delegates at UNISON’s water, environment and transport conference in Brighton today. The shadow minister for water and the environment praised UNISON for its Making Waves for the Living Wage campaign, which calls on all UK water companies to sign up as accredited living wage employers. However, the battle is not yet over – delegates need to keep up the pressure to ensure “the living wage for all in the water industry” by...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 19, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Environment environment agency EU water water environment and transport WET conference 2016 Source Type: news

Greater cooperation needed to tackle poor air quality and other health threats in pan-European region: UN
Air pollution, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the pan-European region, according to the latest report by the UN environment agency and the UN economic commission in Europe. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after cars ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after cars ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Three in UK
LONDON (AP) — Three people have been seriously hurt by lightning as thunderstorms and torrential rain caused disruptions and flash flooding across the U.K. Health officials say a man and a 5-year-old boy are in a life-threatening condition and a 7-year-old girl is seriously injured after they were hit by lightning during a school sports event in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In London, the Environment Agency said 35 millimeters (1.4 inches) of rain fell in one hour Tuesday as thunderstorms erupted following a spell of warm, sunny weather. The London Fire Brigade says firefighters helped three people escape after c...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Extra funding for flood defences welcome but don’t forget staff on the ground, says UNISON
Welcoming the Chancellor’s decision to increase tax insurance to pay for flood defences, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “More funding for flood defences should help save people the pain of washed out homes and businesses. “During the recent storms, when flood defences were breached and rivers burst their banks, at times there weren’t enough staff on the ground or in incident rooms making sure people were rescued and defences mended. “Ministers must use some of this money to reverse the staffing cuts that have seen Environment Agency struggle to cope during serious flooding. &ldquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 16, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget Budget 2016 environment agency water environment and transport Source Type: news

Hazardous waste changes cut burden for dentistry
The BDA has welcomed changes to hazardous waste regulations that mean dentists in England no longer have to register their premises with the Environment Agency, cutting down on the administrative burden for practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 29, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Keeping the floods at bay
Amanda Cruddas is an environment officer in Penrith, Cumbria. Her usual job involves dealing with pollution incidents where there is a fire or a chemical spillage. But over the festive season, Amanda joined her colleagues from all departments in the flood incident room, working through the night to keep people safe and deal with the effects of flooding. “Staff were happy to be able to help,” she recalls. “We had to give up our Christmas plans, but we felt lucky that we had dry homes to go to. “When I arrived at 10pm on Christmas night, there were staff who’d worked all day who wanted to stay o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 15, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: tonyb Tags: Magazine News cuts at the environment agency flood defence floods water environment and transport Source Type: news

‘No more cuts to the Environment Agency’
In the wake of flooding across the country, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has called on the government to guarantee there will be no more cuts to the Environment Agency. UNISON, the largest union in the Environment Agency, has run a long campaign against cuts to resources and jobs. During the 2014 floods, the union secured a partial climb down from prime minister David Cameron over proposed cuts to the agency. But a “strategic resources allocation review” went ahead, leading to the loss of 2,000 jobs. UNISON members dealing with the latest round of floods have reported that the huge strain the organisat...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: Article News cuts at the environment agency floods water water environment and transport Source Type: news

Trade Union Bill campaign will be the priority, says executive
UNISON’s campaigning priority over the next few months will be the Trade Union Bill currently “worming its way through the House of Lords,” the union’s national executive council heard at its meeting in London today. “Our aim is to make sure this legislation is not carried, rather than concentrate on what we’ll do after it’s carried,” Dave Prentis stressed in his general secretary’s report to the meeting. “This is achievable. We can do it.” UNISON is working closely with other unions and the TUC on the campaign, the NEC heard, particularly on issues around i...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 9, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: tonyb Tags: Article News autumn statement floods health care local government national executive council NEC NHS police and justice save the NHS bursary trade union bill trade union bill 2015 water environment and transport WET Source Type: news

UNISON members are working flat out
As wind and rain continues to batter the north of England – particularly in Cumbria – I want to pay tribute to all our people who are working flat out to keep people safe and save as many homes and businesses from the rising waters as possible.  The region saw a staggering 32cm of rain fall over the weekend, with UNISON members across the services – from local government to police and fire services, the NHS, the Environment Agency and more – battling the chaos that the elements have delivered. It’s less than two years ago, in February 2014, that I was writing something similar, as the gov...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News climate environment agency environment and transport Fire and rescue support floods local government police water Source Type: news

Celebrity chefs serve up free meals from discarded food – UN environment agency
For those who have never tried ‘rejected’ veggie curry made with ‘saved’ coconut milk served with ‘broken rice’ and washed down with corn cob tea, two United Nations agencies have joined up with an Australian food charity for an event with a menu that also included ‘fish scrap cake’ and ‘rescued’ mango relish, accompanied by ‘leftover’ nine-grain followed by ‘rescued’ bread pudding for dessert. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Holding back the tide
UNISON members working for the Environment Agency at the Thames Barrier represent “the epitome of the public service ethic at its very best”, declared UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis after a visit to meet staff who operate this iconic piece of British engineering. “By day and through the night, seven days a week, UNISON members are part of a team doing an essential job – monitoring the ever-present danger of flood to London and being there to take action if needed. “As Thames Barrier staff talk about what they do, it quickly becomes apparent that not only do they enjoy a generally good r...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 11, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: Article Magazine environment and transport water Source Type: news

Stinking 10,000 tonne pile of rubbish in Great Heck, Yorkshire investigated by Environment Agency
Villagers in Great Heck say the mountain of waste smells "absolutely vile" and contains old nappies and sanitary towels (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: great heck stink goole pile yorkshire environment agency waste rubbish smell mountain Source Type: news

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize
By Lisa VivesNEW YORK, Apr 22 2015 (IPS)On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.Courtesy of the Goldman Prize.“At first we thought he had malaria or typhoid, but doctors found he was suffering from lead poisoning,” Omido recalled. The lead was traced to a smelter where Phyllis had recen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lisa Vives Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Environment Headlines Health Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Goldman Environmental Prize Phyllis Omido Source Type: news

UK drew wrong conclusion from its neonicotinoids study, scientist says
Reanalysis of a Food and Environment Agency study may provide first conclusive evidence that neonicotinoids pesticides are a key factor in bee decline, despite it originally being used to support the opposite view Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 26, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Karl Mathiesen Tags: Bees Pesticides Environment Farming Insects Wildlife UK news Science Source Type: news

Florida Reportedly Bans Environment Officials From Mentioning Climate Change
Underscoring the divisiveness of climate change in American politics, government officials at Florida’s main environment agency have reportedly been asked to refrain from mentioning it. Officials from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) were given an unwritten order not to use the words climate change or global warming in any official communication or reports, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) claimed on Sunday. “We were told not to use the terms climate change, global warming or sustainability,” Christopher Byrd, an attorney in DEP’s Office of General ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - March 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: iyengarrishi Tags: Uncategorized banned Christopher Byrd climate change DEP Environment Florida global warming rick scott Source Type: news

Properties worth a total of £1bn will fall into the sea because of coastal erosion over next century
Nearly 7,000 properties worth over £1bn will fall into the sea because of coastal erosion over the next century, according to an Environment Agency report. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - December 29, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

EU Just Shy Of Meeting 2020 Emissions Goal After New Greenhouse Gas Cuts Announced
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's environment agency says the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 percent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020. That goal is to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 20 percent compared to 1990 levels. The European Environment Agency said Tuesday that emissions already have fallen 19 percent, meaning the 28-nation bloc is likely to exceed its target. The EEA projected that 2020 emissions will be 21 percent or 24 percent lower than they were in 1990, depending on whether planned ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

The guillemots of Skomer need YOU!
In 2013, Natural Resources Wales axed funds (around £12,000 per year) for one of the longest running animal studies on record. Tim Birkhead recalls his early research on the guillemots of Skomer and asks for your help to keep the project going Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 27, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Tim Birkhead Tags: Zoology Science Birds Evolution Environment Wildlife Oceans Marine life Fishing Conservation Biology Environment Agency Animals Climate change Oil spills Source Type: news

Engaging with climate change after the UK floods
Extreme weather events are critical opportunities for joining the dots between climate impacts and people's lives, but it's easier to mobilise around other targetsThe Cambrian News, a local newspaper covering mid and west Wales, recently reported that Gwynedd Council was seeking to implement a "managed retreat" (ie, an evacuation) from the tiny town of Fairbourne.Four hundred people – about half the population of the picturesque coastal settlement – attended a town hall meeting where the council made the case that Fairbourne could not be saved from rising sea levels (at least, not in an economically f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 19, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Adam Corner Tags: Comment Guardian Professional Flooding Communication Climate change Sustainability Guardian sustainable business Sustainable living Source Type: news

HS2 rail link: archaeologists and English Heritage clash over the route through a nation's past
Discussion of it is limited to two paragraphs, and the impacts on it limited to three," says English Heritage.Buckinghamshire county council estimates that some 7,000 designated heritage assets will be affected by the London to Birmingham phase of HS2 alone. This includes ancient field boundaries and tracks, historic buildings, hamlets, villages and major archaeological sites. The actual number at risk could be far higher, since that figure excludes historic buildings, sites and remains which have no statutory protection – a large proportion of them.English Heritage has identified a series of listed historic ass...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Robin Stummer Tags: HS2 Culture News Archaeology Heritage Environment Agency The Observer Rail transport Science UK news Source Type: news

HS2 rail link: archaeologists and English Heritage clash over the route through a nation's past
Discussion of it is limited to two paragraphs, and the impacts on it limited to three," says English Heritage.Buckinghamshire county council estimates that some 7,000 designated heritage assets will be affected by the London to Birmingham phase of HS2 alone. This includes ancient field boundaries and tracks, historic buildings, hamlets, villages and major archaeological sites. The actual number at risk could be far higher, since that figure excludes historic buildings, sites and remains which have no statutory protection – a large proportion of them.English Heritage has identified a series of listed historic ass...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Robin Stummer Tags: HS2 Heritage Archaeology Environment Rail transport Culture Science Environment Agency The Observer News UK news Source Type: news

All by myself: is loneliness bad for you?
If you're happily married but want to be alone all the time, is it healthy? Or does solitude start a vicious circle?Perhaps I should feel more concerned about my wife's habit of apologising for me before I meet anyone she knows. The truth is, I'm not even sure what she's apologising for, except that I'm occasionally not that chatty. And I fidget. And my eyes stray about the place when people are talking to me. And I sometimes ask questions that can come off as a bit direct. There was that time, too, at the engagement picnic in Hyde Park, when I excused myself from all the socialising and went and stood by a ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Will Storr Tags: The Guardian Family Psychology Health & wellbeing Life and style Editorial Relationships Source Type: news

Climate change deniers have grasped that markets can't fix the climate | Seumas Milne
The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop itIt's an unmistakable taste of things to come. The floods that have deluged Britain may be small beer on a global scale. Compared with the cyclone that killed thousands in the Philippines last autumn, the deadly inundations in Brazil or the destruction of agricultural land and hunger in Africa, the south of England has got off lightly.But the message has started to get through. This is exactly the kind of disaster predicted to become ever more frequent and extreme as greenhouse gas-driven climat...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 20, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Seumas Milne Tags: Comment The Guardian David Cameron Flooding World news Natural disasters and extreme weather Climate change Politics Climate change scepticism Environment Science Comment is free Source Type: news

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes | George Monbiot
This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequencesIt has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you can see field after field of harvested maize. In some places the crop lines run straight down the hill and into the water. When it rains, the water and soil flash off into the lake. Seldom are cause and effect so visible.That's what I saw on Tuesday. On Friday, I travelled to the source of the Thames. Within 300 metres of the stone that marked it were p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: George Monbiot Tags: Comment The Guardian David Cameron Farming Flooding World news Natural disasters and extreme weather Owen Paterson Politics UK news Environment Agency Conservatives Labour Agriculture Comment is free Source Type: news

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes | George Monbiot
This government let the farming lobby to rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences• George Monbiot canoes across the UK floods – videoIt has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you can see field after field of harvested maize. In some places the crop lines run straight down the hill and into the water. When it rains, the water and soil flash off into the lake. Seldom are cause and effect so visible.That's what I saw on Tuesday. On Friday, I travelled to the source o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2014 Category: Science Authors: George Monbiot Tags: Farming Flooding Owen Paterson Agriculture David Cameron Environment Agency World news Labour Politics Conservatives Natural disasters and extreme weather UK news The Guardian Comment Comment is free Source Type: news

George Monbiot canoes across the UK floods – video
The environmentalist floats across the flood plains in Hurley, Berkshire, one of the villages worst hit by the floodsGuy GrandjeanGeorge Monbiot (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Guy Grandjean, George Monbiot Tags: Farming Flooding UK news Environment Natural disasters and extreme weather David Cameron Politics Owen Paterson Agriculture Environment Agency theguardian.com Comment Comment is free Source Type: news

Flood defences: George Osborne tackled yesterday's crisis at the cost of today's | Chris Huhne
The chancellor's flood defence cuts were driven by deficit reduction. But we can't continue learning by drowningThere is no excuse. In 2010 the coalition slashed spending on flood defences when it should have gone up. Even last year's increase in flood defence spending was under duress. The insurers, some of the most enlightened big businesses on this issue, have repeatedly warned about the rising claims and losses from climate change-induced extreme weather.A confidential deal struck last June, ahead of the spending review, increased flood defence spending as a payback for the insurance companies continuing to provide cov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Chris Huhne Tags: Comment The Guardian George Osborne Flooding Society Public sector cuts Climate change Politics UK news Conservatives Environment Science Comment is free Source Type: news

The government has to act now on climate change | John Gummer
Floods and extreme weather will become more intense, so Britain needs a long-term plan. The time for buck-passing is overThe harrowing pictures of flood victims, ruined property and stranded stock have brought home the damage the forces of nature can wreak even in our gentle and temperate climate. We must expect this extreme weather to become more frequent, made worse by the warming of the atmosphere. The UK's floods, Australia's record heat, the intense cold in the US, and the unparalleled force of Asian storms remind us that the real issue is intensity. We have to prepare, not just for too much water, but too little; not...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2014 Category: Science Authors: John Gummer Tags: Comment The Guardian Flooding Nicholas Stern Climate change UK news Environment Agency Comment is free Source Type: news

UK floods making climate sceptics hot under the collar | Bob Ward
Bid by Lord Lawson to question the link between global warming and extreme weather is undermined by irrefutable evidenceThe UK floods are not just causing misery for thousands of people around the country whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted. They are also making a few climate change sceptics hot beneath the collar.No doubt they are finding it an uncomfortable experience to realise that their misleading attempts to inform the public into believing that climate change poses no threat to the UK are now being undermined by the irrefutable evidence provided by the record rainfall and storm surges.First, Peter Lilley...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Bob Ward Tags: Comment theguardian.com Peter Lilley Flooding Natural disasters and extreme weather Climate change Politics UK news Met Office Environment Agency Climate change scepticism Conservatives Science Source Type: news

Climate change means we won't in future be able to engineer our way out of flooding | Hannah Cloke
The Environment Agency could spend its entire budget on flood prevention and Somerset would still be submerged. 'Soft' engineering – using nature – is cheaper and more effectiveThe Environment Agency is battling not only flood water, but a rising tide of criticism. A rural crisis has turned into a political bunfight in which scientific fact plays second fiddle to political expediency.Even some Conservative ministers might think it a bit harsh, and poor spelling, to describe Chris Smith, the Environment Agency's embattled chairman, as a Cnut. But like the 11th century Danish king of England, Lord Smith has shown...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 11, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Cloke Tags: Comment theguardian.com Flooding World news Engineering Technology Natural disasters and extreme weather Climate change UK news Environment Agency Science Comment is free Source Type: news

Nuclear weapons research body gives £8m a year to British universities
A report due out on Wednesday exposes the extent of links between the Atomic Weapons Establishment and universitiesBritain's secretive nuclear weapons research organisation gives over £8m a year in research funding to more than 50 universities, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), a private consortium that runs nuclear plants at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), puts most of the money into five of the UK's leading universities with which it has formed "strategic alliances".They are Imperial Colle...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 11, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Rob Edwards Tags: theguardian.com Controversies World news Higher education UK news Weapons technology Nuclear weapons University funding Science Source Type: news

January was England's wettest winter month in almost 250 years
Last month's seasonal total was higher than any since 1767 and three times the average levelThe deluge that has engulfed southern and central England in recent weeks is the worst winter downpour in almost 250 years, according to figures from the world's longest-running weather station.The rainfall measured at the historic Radcliffe Meteorological Station at Oxford University in January was greater than for any winter month since daily recording began there in 1767, and three times the average amount.The latest Met Office data shows that the region from Devon to Kent and up into the Midlands suffered its wettest January sin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 1, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Tags: Flooding News Climate change UK news Weather The Observer Environment Science Source Type: news