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The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security.

Key points include:

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The MPs looked at the legislative, trade, and financial issues and make recommendations for action to secure the future of the natural environment. They call on the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation after Brexit.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, the University of Exeter and the James Hutton Institute have identified a set of key ‘sticking points’ that they believe inhibit consideration of the natural environment in decision-making. The briefing provides potential solutions. These include the creation of knowledge networks and the use of political ‘windows of opportunity’ such as flood incidents to get messages across. The briefing uses findings from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, as well as more recent research undertaken by the organisations involved. 

Arctic Resilience Report

By Robert Lyons on 3rd January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

This report is the concluding scientific product of the Arctic Resilience Assessment, a project launched by the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has analysed the Government’s brownfield registers pilot scheme. Employing a variety of conservative methodologies, CPRE now estimates that the available data translates to a minimum of 1.1 million homes on suitable brownfield sites across England. More ambitious methodologies put the figure much higher, towards 1.4 million. This suggests that the Government has previously severely underestimated brownfield capacity.

Future flood prevention

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published its Second Report of Session 2016-17 on future flood prevention. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the pressures which agriculture is under – to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. 

Researchers from Lancaster University and Save the Children have produced a new report on a study exploring children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods, in which they worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience.  

They found a number of factors which impacted on children’s wellbeing, including:

State of the UK’s Public Parks 2016

By Editor on 14th September 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This second report on the UK’s Public Parks, published by the Heritage Lottery Fund, highlights the continuing downward trend in the condition of parks over the past two years and the danger that many parks and green spaces may fall back to a state of decline and neglect as a result of pressure on public finances.

CPRE’s new report is the first in a series of ‘Food and Farming Foresight’ papers, designed to encourage debate about the future of farming.  Brexit gives the opportunity to shape a new national vision and policies for farming and this paper suggests policies to build a resilient, financially stable and dynamic farming industry that works for communities and the environment. 

Key recommendations are to:

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