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Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

An astonishing 700,000 microfibres – threads of plastic the size of an ant’s leg – leach out of an average 6kg wash of acrylic clothing. And research by Brunel University London shows this plastic pollution has travelled at least as far as Britain’s farms. The team behind BBC’s Countryfile, one of the nation’s most popular […]

STA sounds deployment alarm as solar hits ‘crunch point’

STA sounds deployment alarm as solar hits ‘crunch point’

The STA has published a summary of current solar deployment at a major crunch point for the solar industry. This was reported in national media over the Easter weekend. The data shows that this year, solar retrofits on existing homes amounted to the equivalent of one roof per MP constituency per week, and the equivalent […]

ADA backs internal drainage boards’ local governance of water level management

ADA backs internal drainage boards’ local governance of water level management

ADA firmly believes that internal drainage boards continue to provide a robust arrangement for the local governance of water level management in England following the publication of the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on internal drainage boards. The report focuses on governance and oversight arrangements; processes for raising concerns; and, the potential for conflicts of […]

Bioenergy gets graphic with new illustrated guide to the subject

Bioenergy gets graphic with new illustrated guide to the subject

In a unique collaboration between artists and researchers working at the cutting-edge of bioenergy, the graphic novel aims to answer some of the big questions such as what is bioenergy, does growing biofuel compete with growing food, and does bioenergy really reduce greenhouse gas emissions? It is aimed at a general audience: a handy and […]

LEAF’s Global Impacts report reveals sustainable farming progress

LEAF’s Global Impacts report reveals sustainable farming progress

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced substantial progress in its mission to inspire and enable sustainable farming. Launching its fifth Global Impacts Report at today’s LEAF Marque Summit, it revealed that it is continuing to consolidate its strong position in the cereals and horticulture sectors and that progress is also being seen in the […]

ADA announces the first tranche of River Maintenance Transfer (De-maining) pilots

ADA announces the first tranche of River Maintenance Transfer (De-maining) pilots

After much preparatory work and engagement with Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs), the Environment Agency (EA) and other partners involved, ADA is delighted to announce that Defra have given the green light to a number of pilot projects to propose to “de-main” certain sections of main river across the country. The process involves investigating the passing […]

Turning sunshine into liquid gold

Turning sunshine into liquid gold

Tiny metalic-gold particles are being used to convert sunlight into fuel. The technology is being developed in South Australia to store solar energy as an alternative to battery storage. Researchers from Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, in collaboration with a number of international institutions, have converted solar energy directly into chemical energy in […]

DM Hall’s rural specialist is appointed to manage Cashel, the ‘Forest for a Thousand Years’

DM Hall’s rural specialist is appointed to manage Cashel, the ‘Forest for a Thousand Years’

Baird Lumsden, the specialist rural department of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, has been given the responsibility of managing Cashel Forest, where 3000 acres of hillside are being transformed using sound forestry practice into native working Scottish woodland. The firm has been instructed to act as factors and manage the spectacular property for three years until […]

Flooding strategy must serve both rural and urban areas to succeed

Flooding strategy must serve both rural and urban areas to succeed

ADA welcomes the publication of the NFU’s Flooding Manifesto as a positive addition to the debate about future management and funding of flood and coastal risk. A robust, long-term plan is required to strategically manage flood risk in England and Wales, and ADA strongly supports more decisions being taken at local level to achieve this. If […]

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