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Only half of England’s nature reserves in ‘favourable’ state, as committee reports widespread environmental decline

Just half of England’s nature reserves are in a ‘favourable’ condition, according to a Natural Capital Committee (NCC) report revealing serious decline across England’s natural environment.

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JNCC Nature News

JNCC Nature News - Summer 2020

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New framework for ‘natural capital approach’ to transform policy decisions

How governments and the private sector consider the natural environment when constructing policy is being transformed thanks to a new “natural capital” decision-making framework.

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Electricity data shows real-time GDP change during COVID-19 lockdown

Electricity market data can play a vital role in measuring the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown policies on GDP, according to a new study.

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‘Price of life’ lowest in UK during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

The price the UK government was prepared to pay to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic was far lower than in many other developed nations, a study has revealed.

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Exeter academics elected to British Academy

Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

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NCC response to Government's 25 YEP Progress Report and advice on a green recovery

The Natural Capital Committee advises that the Government remains off track to achieve its commitment to ‘leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited’, and highlights the opportunity to invest in nature as part of a resilient green recovery from COVID-19 by evidencing the significant economic returns that can be generated alongside achieving the targets in the 25 Year Environment Plan

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Replacing GDP with Gross Ecosystem Product reveals value of nature

Replacing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a new “ecosystem” measure reveals the enormous value of the natural world, new research shows.

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Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics announced

Professor Ben Groom has been appointed Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics at the University of Exeter. 

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Green and social policies help firms weather COVID-19 crash

Businesses with strong environmental and social credentials are more resilient in times of economic crisis, according to research into the COVID-19 stock market crash.

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The Dasgupta Review - The Economics of Biodiversity - Interim Report April 2020

The interim report of the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity is now out.

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Unplanned tree planting could increase global warming and damage the environment, experts warn

No one doubts that trees can help suck carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere and help tackle climate change.

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Gretchen C. Daily wins Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2020

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement today announced the selection of Gretchen C. Daily, PhD, as the 2020 Tyler Prize co-winner.

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Sugar and health, calf-at-foot investment, quantifying natural capital

Professor Ian Bateman (Director, LEEP Institute) was interviewed by Anna Hill as part of BBC Radio Four's Farming Today series focusing on week-long focus on sugar beet.

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United Kingdom to embark on ‘agricultural revolution’ in break from EU farm subsidies

 

Professor Ian Bateman (Director, LEEP Institute) was interviewed by Erik Stoksatd from the AAAS Science Magazine.

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Natural Capital Committee’s 2020 Annual Report on progress in implementing the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

It has been nine years since the government published the White Paper, The Natural Choice, committing to the objective “to be the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited”.

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Mental health of BAME men hit hardest by COVID-19, study finds

BAME men experienced a far greater deterioration in their mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown than their white British counterparts

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