The Liberal Democrats have announced a massive expansion of marine protected areas and a new Blue Flag status for rivers will be included in their general election manifesto. The plan would include legally binding targets to prevent sewage overflows discharging to those sites. The Telegraph, The Times and Independent reported on the Lib Dems’ pledge […]

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A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering (National Engineering Policy Centre) looks at the priorities for mitigating health risks from wastewater pollution. This report examines the interventions available to reduce the public health risks associated with using open waters for recreation that may be polluted with faecal organisms from human waste in sewage. […]

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Consumer Scotland has published a piece of in-depth research exploring consumer views on how the water sector adapts to climate change. Key themes from the public dialogue included a growing alarm at the scale of the challenge and a desire for individual behavioural change to be supported by wider, systemic action by the Scottish Government, […]

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Scottish Water and United Utilities are working with tech group ChangeMaker3D and Manchester Metropolitan University to produce 3D concrete printed infrastructure components. The £1.7 million project is backed by the Ofwat Innovation Fund and can print assets in a matter of hours compared to the several days it would take using traditional methods, achieving carbon […]

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From The Gurdian The drinking water regulator for England and Wales has brought only three prosecutions against water companies for providing poor quality water since 2021, despite 362 instances in which water was flagged as being unfit for human consumption. Periodically, members of the public or companies have informed the Drinking Water Inspectorate about water […]

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A new study by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon models the influence of bottom trawls on sedimentary carbon in the North Sea. The researchers state that fishing trawls cause significant CO2 emissions as they stir up the carbon bound in the seabed and release it again. They also believe it is clear that they drastically affect ecosystems […]

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UNESCO has launched its latest ‘State of the Ocean Report’.    The UNESCO State of the Ocean Report offers insights on ocean-related scientific activities and analyses describing the current and future state of the ocean.   The State of the Ocean Report has the ambition to inform policymakers about the state of the ocean and to stimulate […]

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