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Environment Update

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Every few months my website will carry news items concerned with the environment and climate change compiled by my staff. I hope you find the items useful and interesting.

Energy Bill

The government introduced the new Energy Bill into Parliament on 29th November 2012. The Bill will now make its way through the various stages in the House of Commons. The Energy Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons on 19th December 2012.

To view the Bill or to keep track of its progress visit: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/energy.html

Ash tree dieback

The Forestry Commission has published information about the Chalara dieback of ash. This is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death. The following webpage includes a map of confirmed findings at 11th December 2012, plus a video on how to spot the symptoms in the field: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara


Forests report

The Independent Forestry Panel was established in March 2011 by the Secretary of State, to advise government on the future direction for forestry and woodland policy in England.  The Panel published its final report in July 2012. As a long-standing member of the Woodland Trust, Meg is interested in the ongoing process to determine government policy about our forests and woods. MPs are now expecting a response from the government on the report by January 2013. To read the report visit: http://www.defra.gov.uk/forestrypanel/


Your views on the Environment Agency & Natural England

In December 2012, the government announced the start of a major review of the Environment Agency and Natural England. If you have an interest in the work of these agencies, you can give government your views, and supporting evidence, in response to the review’s questions. Closing date for comments is the 4th February 2013. Workshops and events are also planned. For full details go to: http://www.defra.gov.uk/review-ea-ne/ 

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