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  • Charles Hendry at the launch of his report on tidal lagoons. Photograph: Tidal Lagoon Power

    Rethinking tidal lagoon energy

    As the marine energy sector waits for the government’s position on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, James Parsons speaks with Charles Hendry, author of the independent report advocating its development

  • Catchment partnerships can apply for a share of up to £50,000 each. Photograph: Jason Salmon/123RF

    £1m natural flood management competition launched

    DEFRA has allocated funding to innovative flooding schemes, demonstrating that it is committed to natural defences as well as concrete ones

  • IDBs look after weirs, pumping stations, watercourses and sluices. Photograph: David Head/123RF

    Drainage boards ‘vulnerable’ to conflicts of interest

    DEFRA is piloting the transfer of river maintenance duties to internal drainage boards but the National Audit Office says they are susceptible to conflicts of interest

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Brexit’s hare and hounds

    Paul Hatchwell: March saw the UK drive deeper into a policy interregnum ahead of Brexit as prime minister May’s hovering thumb finally pressed down on the Article 50 button.

  • A modern urban wastewater treatment plant. Photograph: 123RF

    First code of practice for SuDS devices

    A standard on devices used in sustainable urban drainage systems has been published by British Water, listing technical requirements for manufacturers

  • Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor National Park. Photograph: Ian Wool/123RF

    DEFRA to strengthen water sector resilience duty

    Ofwat’s priorities may soon include pressing water companies to reduce the long-term risk to water supply and to ensure their infrastructure is resilient

  • Science and Technology Committee chair Stephen Metcalfe has quizzed the Cabinet Office on its evidence base. Photograph: LadyGeekTV/Flickr

    Cabinet Office questioned on policy evidence base

    The Science and Technology Committee wants to know whether the Cabinet Office has a science, research and evidence strategy and how it takes evidence into account in policymaking

  • The new designation will support the rare marsh fritillary butterfly. Photograph: Antonio Sanchez Floro / 123RF

    Cornish SSSIs merged to create connected habitat

    Six sites of special scientific interest in Cornwall have been merged and enlarged to create continuous habitat for species such as the marsh fritillary butterfly and the willow tit

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