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Brexit will be a pivotal moment for the UK environment
As an estimated 80 per cent of our environmental protections have been created with Europe, the vote to leave the EU puts a big question mark over them. We are at a pivotal moment. If we get it wrong, the well-being of our environment could be at risk but, if we get it right, we have the opportunity to establish world class environmental governance here in the UK. 

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It's time for environmentalists to stop behaving like they're in a minority
Lord Deben says that concern about the environment is now mainstream but the battle is not won. Environmentalists need to embrace the change and consider how to communicate their aims better to people.

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We have ignored the impact of land management on flood risk for too long
Last winter, flooding in the UK caused damage estimated at £5 billion and climate change is increasing the likelihood of such events.  But the way we manage land contributes to the risk. Daniel Johns says there is an economic rationale for paying farmers to use land to alleviate flooding.

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What the government's carbon plan should mean for the built environment
If the government is serious about making people's lives easier and more affordable, it needs to prioritise energy efficient buildings, says Julie Hirigoyen.

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Why we should care more about the environmental impact of nutrients
Nutrient overload, eg from fertiliser use, is an overlooked problem for the environment and cost to the economy. Julie Hill reports from a recent meeting in Sweden to discuss solutions.

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Project news
Greener UK 
New coalition launched to protect and enhance the UK's environment post Brexit
A letter and advert in last Thursday's edition of The Times announced the birth of the Greener UK coalition. We're working with 12 other major UK environmental organisations to ensure that, as we leave the EU, UK protections and standards are strengthened to enhance and restore our environment. 167 MPs from all parties have so far signed our Pledge for the Environment, promising their support. The Greener UK unit is based at Green Alliance, headed up by Amy Mount.

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Renewable Locator update
Our interactive Renewable Locator now allows those living in England and Wales to track progress on renewables in their local area, comparing 2015 and 2016. The latest update shows that Welsh counties are powering ahead on both onshore wind and solar.

Visit the Renewable Locator
New industrial strategy programme
A successful industrial strategy will help businesses succeed in a low carbon, resource constrained world. Our new work will show how existing sectors can be futureproofed, and how the emissions reduction plan can create the conditions to foster the growth of new UK industry.

Contact Angela Francis for more information
Publications
Smarter flood risk management in England
We propose new ways to support a natural flood management approach in our latest policy insight. They include using the replacement of the Common Agricultural Policy to reward farmers for changing how they manage land.

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See the Storify of our debate 
Job vacancy
Senior policy adviser
We're looking for a talented individual to lead projects under our Low Carbon Energy theme and manage relationships with key stakeholders.

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Finally...please give us your vote!
If you like reading our blog, please take a minute to vote for us in the ‘green and eco’ category of the UK Blog Awards – voting closes on 19 December.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS
 

 
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