The Environment Act
is now law, following strengthening placing a legal duty on water companies to progressively reduce adverse impacts of sewage discharges
Government’s Net Zero Strategy
embeds a range of commitments for nature, including boosting the Nature for Climate Fund by £124m.
The Comprehensive Spending Review includes the Nature for Climate fund uplift as well as £250m for species, habitats and Environment Bill, but is short
according to nature organisations.
Government has announced that it will strengthen wording on ancient woodland
in the National Planning Policy Framework, as part of its review.
The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries
in the world – in the bottom 10% - having just 53% of its native wildlife intact, well below the global average of 75%.
The status of threatened habitats, priority and threatened species are all still in decline and pressures still growing according to the latest England Biodiversity indicators
– as government announced it will pause reporting
Nature-based economic recovery
could hugely benefit rural and coastal economies, with farmers, fishes and foresters benefiting from coordinated green investment for nature-based innovation.
A new report shows how better appraisal of the socioeconomic impacts of nature projects can significantly help attract capital and deliver levelling up
, as the LGA finds nearly 700,000 new green jobs
could be created by 2030.
A minimum of £44 - £97 billion
of investment is needed to deliver the UK’s nature-related ambitions over the next 10 years.
Uncertainty about the new farming regime
risks less sustainable methods and business viability, according to a new Commons Committee report. It echoes similar criticisms of the rollout
from the National Audit Office last month.
5,517 sewage discharge notifications
were issued by water companies over the last 12 months, and only 14% of UK rivers have ‘good’ ecological status according to a new report.
83% of Britons are concerned about climate change, with the impact of the climate crisis on wildlife
their largest concern according to a national survey – whilst another on preferred climate solutions
found that almost 80% supported more sustainable farming and increasing and conserving nature.
Over 80% of young people eager to take action to help the environment, according to the latest Children’s People and Nature Survey.
A new experimental statistic
have been released showing a declining trend in the global ecological footprint of UK consumption – as an investigation unveils the links between UK food consumption and deforestation
Banks and asset managers based in the EU, UK, US and China have made deals worth $157 billion with firms accused of destroying tropical forest
A group of 95 UK companies
have pledged to work towards reversing the decline of nature by 2030 and getting ‘Nature Positive’.
Government has made a statement on its intention to create a Soil Health Action Plan
As much as 1/5 of emissions cuts will need to come from the ocean
, with ‘blue carbon’ habitats able to absorb 1.4bn tons of emissions a year by 2050.
A cross-party group of Blue Carbon Champions
has been launched in Parliament to call for a blue carbon strategy, whilst Government has announced it intends to establish a UK Blue Carbon Evidence Partnership
One restored coastal saltmarsh
in the UK stores as much carbon over four years as just over one million new trees grown for ten years.
Four Pacific nations have committed to joining up their marine reserves
into a ‘mega-MPA’ – a fishing-free corridor of over 200,000 sq miles.
Persecution of birds of prey
is at the highest level in 30 years, according to the RSPB.
The National Bee Unit has published details of how it will implement the Healthy Bees Plan 2030
Nature charities have said that temporary reversal of a ban on an extremely toxic neonicotinoid pesticide
would be a ‘disaster for nature’, as new research
shows it may take multiple generations to recover from being exposed to insecticides even just once.
The Wildlife Trusts have called for access to nature to be set in law, and for planning reform
to ensure more space for nature.
The National Trust has announced plans to invest almost half a billion in conservation
projects over three years.
The Environment Agency has launched a project to standardise metrics
for environmental performance of food and drink sector.
The UK’s reliance on cheap tree imports
is putting the nation’s woods and trees at serious risk, warns the Woodland Trust, as new stats reveal a near doubling in the value of imports since 2016.
Departments and partner organisations should develop and deliver Nature Recovery Plans, according to Government’s 2021-25 Greening Government Commitments
Over 3,000 hectares of new woodlands
are set to be planted along England’s watercourses by a new ‘Woodland Creation Partnership’ – similar to that formed in Cornwall
The average litter recorded on beaches
in England rose 4% in 2021 to per 388 items 100 metres.
An Avian Influenza (bird flu) Prevention Zone
has been declared across the whole country, requiring bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
An Asian hornet
has been spotted in Berkshire, the first confirmed sighting in the UK this year.
The decline in butterflies and moths
is continuing, with the overall number of butterflies recorded per count at its lowest level since the Big Butterfly Count began 12 years ago.
The Environment Agency has warned of future water shortages as it estimates that summer rainfall is expected to decrease
by approximately 15% by the 2050s, and 22% by the 2080s due to climate change.
A new Water Roadmap
has been launched to improve quality and availability of water in 20 sourcing areas and work towards the target of sourcing 50% of the UK’s fresh food from areas with sustainable water management.
Researchers are calling on UK governments to unleash the power of nature to protect
our homes and farmland from floods, droughts and heatwaves.
The environmental sector ranks the second-worst for diversity
in the UK, with just 3.1 per cent of workers from minority backgrounds.
Government has detailed funding for new projects to tackle the illegal wildlife trade
Seven NHS ‘green social prescribing’ pilots
are delivering a dose of nature to help boost to mental health.