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Artists Required for Sea Defences

Posted 09/12/2019 14:26

Portsmouth City Council and the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) are looking to work with an artist, or group of artists who are able to provide a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing piece of artwork for enhancement of the proposed sea defence wall along Eastern Road in Portsmouth.

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Port of Southampton to host MSC Grandiosa UK launch

Posted 08/11/2019 14:44

The Port of Southampton will welcome MSC Cruises’ newest vessel MSC Grandiosa for her UK launch on 12 November.

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Government introduces Environment Bill - 15/10/19

Posted 15/10/2019 10:26

The Bill places the 25 Year Environment Plan on a statutory footing and confirms powers to enhance nature and habitats and combat the effects of plastics on our natural environment.

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HPMA Review- Call for Evidence - Deadline 31 October

Posted 10/10/2019 11:27

The public are being asked to give their views on strengthening protections for UK waters to help safeguard species and habitats.

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First Demolition takes place at Fawley Power Station

Posted 10/10/2019 11:20

The first of three explosions as part of the demolition of Fawley Power Station on the Hampshire coast has been carried out.

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Fawley oil refinery expansion gets go-ahead

Posted 13/09/2019 10:09

Plans to create a new £800m diesel plant at the UK's largest oil refinery have been agreed by councillors. Esso is to build a hydrogen-generating plant, an automotive diesel oil production facility and diesel storage tank at Fawley, near Southampton.

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DfT and ABP Southampton launch the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership

Posted 10/09/2019 15:19

The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with ABP’s Port of Southampton, has launched the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP), an innovative initiative to create stronger links between ports and Government, to maximise long-term trade and economic growth.

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Wooden Stone Age platform found on seabed off Isle of Wight

Posted 22/08/2019 10:50

An 8,000 year-old wooden platform has been discovered on the seabed off the Isle of Wight. The structure was found by the Maritime Archaeological Trust 36ft (11m) below sea level east of Yarmouth at a site which was dry land during the Stone Age.

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IoW Becomes UNESCO Biosphere

Posted 20/06/2019 10:42

On 19 July, the Isle of Wight joined the UK’s UNESCO network as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to celebrate and promote a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between people and nature. View the promotional video.

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Environment Bill summer policy statement: July 2019

Posted 26/07/2019 13:37

The forthcoming Environment Bill seeks to establish a comprehensive legal framework for environmental improvement. It will also create a new Office for Environmental Protection. Defra have published a summer policy statement paper on the Bill.

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Defra Publishes new MCZs

Posted 31/05/2019 08:40

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has created 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. Regulators, such as the Marine Management Organisation and local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA), will be responsible for ensuring the Marine Conservation Zones are managed to protect their species and habitats, working with local fishing communities and other organisations.

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Natural Capital Committee advice on marine management

Posted 14/05/2019 10:17

Defra has published a paper that sets out the Natural Capital Committees’ advice to government on management of the marine environment. It makes recommendations taking into account the broad goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

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