What price new housing? Have your voice heard

Newcastle City Council is setting out its latest development plans, which they are calling their ‘One Core Strategy’, this includes a ‘Strategic Land Review’ in which they have identified potential sites for new development.

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Guest bloggers needed: come on, join in the debate!

We want this blog site to have a wide a range of opinions and discussion points on it as possible, and so are inviting you to become a guest blogger for us.

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Rio+20 events now open to all!

Twenty years on from the first Earth Summit held in Rio, the Earth Summit 2012 will return to its place of origin. Participants in preparatory events held across the globe will discuss the topics to be debated during Rio+20 and, following this, world leaders will come together in Rio to determine future direction for our efforts to achieve global sustainability.

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‘Good Environmental Status’: How Good is Good?

A hot topic at the minute in UK fisheries is the allocation of cod quota amongst the under 10m fishing fleet; despite compromising the majority of the UK’s <10m fleet is allocated only 3% of the annual cod quota from the EU.

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Marine Conservation Zones: valuable environmental protection or ill-thought out bureaucracy?

With an accelerating race for marine space by energy companies, aggregates, conservationists, and fishermen etc, etc (the list is pretty long and increasing); a key question for me is how we manage all of this human activity to ensure that it is sustainable? From a fisheries perspective how do we ensure an industry that is environmentally responsible, socially fair, and economically efficient?

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So, raising the speed limit on UK motorways to 80mph is a good thing, right?

The UK government are reportedly considering raising the speed limit on motorways from 70 miles per hour to 80 miles per hour.  Is this a good idea?  We asked NIReS Director Professor Paul Younger for his thoughts on the subject.

So, raising the speed limit on UK motorways to 80mph is a good thing, right?

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