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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.


It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler.

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Build Back Wetter after COP26

Published on: 5 November 2021

Dr James Robinson, Director of Conservation at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) explains why we need our political leaders to commit to creating, restoring and protecting our wetlands as part of COP26 climate action.

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Whales, trees and butterflies – how WDC is giving a voice to the ocean at COP26

Published on: 5 November 2021

Ed Goodall, Green Whale Project manager at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, writes from COP26 on the pivotal role ocean recovery can play in tackling the climate crisis.

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Tackling storm overflows - lifting the lid on the true costings

Published on: 4 November 2021

Christine Colvin, Director for Partnerships and Communications at The Rivers Trust, shares thoughts on the newly published Storm Overflows Taskforce evidence project report and lifts the lid on the true costings involved in tackling raw sewage discharges from storm overflows.

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Restoring nature locally can help combat climate change

Published on: 4 November 2021

Now that the Local Nature Recovery Strategy consultation has closed, Bruce Winney, Policy Officer at Wildlife and Countryside Link, considers what’s required to make sure it is a success.

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Coastal habitats for climate change adaptation at COP26

Published on: 3 November 2021

Jazz Austin, Policy Officer at the RSPB and part of Link's Blueprint for Water Group, discusses why our freshwater and coastal habitats need greater recognition as part of the solution to the twin climate and nature crises.

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Our climate needs nature

Published on: 2 November 2021

Wildlife and Countryside Link's Tallulah Belassie-Page discusses why healthy ecosystems are essential for our climate and what outcomes we hope to see for nature at COP26.

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Hopes and aims for COP26 and beyond

Published on: 1 November 2021

As COP26 finally gets underway in Glasgow, Deborah Long, Chief Officer at Scottish Environment Link looks at what has led us to the twin nature and climate crises, and what needs to happen if the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration is to truly deliver for the environment.

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Ahead of COP26, Boris Johnson has recognised the flaws in our recycling system, now he must rapidly act to tackle the waste crisis

Published on: 29 October 2021

Following controversial comments by the Prime Minister that recycling "doesn't work" as a means to solve the climate crisis, WWF's Paula Chin, chair of Link's Resources and Waste Group, and Link Policy Officer Matthew Dawson, write that he was right to highlight the flaws in our recycling system, but now the Government must provide solutions to our waste and plastics problems which go beyond recycling.

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Environmental Land Management is too important to fail, but risks remain

Published on: 28 October 2021

After the Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs Committee published its report on Environmental Land Management today, Barnaby Coupe, Land Use Manager at The Wildlife Trusts and Alice Groom, Senior Policy Officer at the RSPB discuss its findings.

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A nature positive UK? Not without new money for nature in this week’s Spending Review

Published on: 25 October 2021

Ahead of the Spending Review on Wednesday, Paul Morling, Chief Economist at RSPB gives us a breakdown of what the government need to do to bring biodiversity back from the brink and heed recovery, both for the economy and for nature.

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