‘Big society’ will not help diffuse urban pollution, says academic

The environment department (DEFRA) is developing a strategy on urban diffuse pollution. But cash, not the big society, are most likely to help, advisers say.

Water and oil mixing on the road. Paul ridsdale pictures / AlamyThe ‘big society’ is unlikely to deliver improvements in urban diffuse pollution, according to an academic helping the environment department (DEFRA) draw up a strategy on the issue.

David Lerner, director of the Catchment Science Centre at the University of Sheffield, presented a paper on the subject at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s annual conference in April.

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