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If every house in the UK changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.

How much of your area is built on?

Published on the BBC News website on the 9th November 2017
By Mark Easton, Home Editor

For the first time, you can find out at the click of button exactly how the land is used in your local authority area.

Every council area in the UK has been analysed and individual maps produced showing how much of the area falls into four land categories:

  • Farmland
  • Natural
  • Built on
  • Green urban

The four categories are drawn from 44 different land use codes used by the Co-ordination of Information on the Environment (Corine) project initiated by the European Commission in 1985.

Using high-definition satellite images and detailed local maps, Corine offers a comprehensive picture of every corner of the United Kingdom. Now that information is readily available to everyone.

Click Here to go to the BBC News website and find out How much of your area is built on.

Councillors lament ‘dark day’ for Hampshire as £140m cuts approved

Hayling Island Household Waste Recycling Centre in Fishery Lane, Hayling Island – half of the county’s tips could be closed although it has not been decided which ones.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 3rd November 2017

Story by Loughlan Campbell & Millie Salkeld

 

CONCERNS were raised about the future of Hampshire’s public services as radical £140m cuts were agreed by councillors.

Following a lengthy debate spanning several hours, Hampshire County Council gave the green light to the savings on Thursday.

“This is a very dark day for Hampshire and it is a very dark day for this county council”

Councillor Keith House

It means £480m has been cut from the authority’s budget over the last 11 years.

The cuts will strip £55.9m from the adult health and social care budget and the scrapping of half of the county’s household waste recycling centres.

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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Published on The Guardian website on the 18th October 2017
Damian Carrington, Enviromental Editor

 

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say.

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

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