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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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Wanted: the Orange-spotted emerald - stolen from future generations

Published on: 7 November 2018

Tough standards, protections, and investment resulting from our strong water laws might have saved the striking Orange-spotted emerald dragonfly from extinction in the UK, but these protections for our rivers and streams are now under threat.


Keeping a flash of blue a treasured sight on our riverbanks

Published on: 6 November 2018

Our rivers, lakes and wetlands are vital habitats for many of the UK’s iconic wildlife species such as kingfishers and otters. Yet our efforts over the last 20 years to improve the quality of our aquatic habitats could be compromised.


Philip Hammond must get drastic on plastic in the autumn budget

Published on: 25 October 2018

Philip Hammond received a record response to the Treasury consultation on tackling plastic pollution earlier this year, but will he deliver on his promises for action in the Budget next week?


The customer's voice as a tool to protect the environment

Published on: 11 October 2018

Ofwat is bringing the customer voice to the heart of the water industry. We know people care about their rivers and environment, and we must make sure that the environment is not a victim of the customer engagement process.


Clean Water - the vital ingredient

Published on: 9 October 2018

How do you like a cold beer in summer, a wee dram in winter, or even a vodka or a gin? Clean and plentiful water has a very important role to play in our taste and enjoyment of such beverages.


A drop in the ocean

Published on: 5 October 2018

I know this project, however inspiring, cannot solve the world’s problems, and is just a drop in the ocean, you might say, but the ocean is made from drops of water. Put enough of them together….


PCBs: An invisible, but whale sized problem

Published on: 28 September 2018

The evidence is clear, whales, dolphins and other wildlife around the world are dying at the hands of an invisible but whale sized problem – Polychlorinated Biphenyls.


High temperatures and high demand lead to environment lows for our rivers

Published on: 21 September 2018

So it’s official, Summer 2018 was the hottest ever recorded in England. It was also one of the driest summers in living memory, and our rivers withered in the heat.


We need more than beach cleans to stem the plastic tide

Published on: 20 September 2018

It’s not often that I get the chance to go out and talk to people outside of the NGO, government or industry world about the work we do and their views on the issues we are trying to address, but recently I had a great opportunity.


Why should Labour care about food, farming and the countryside?

Published on: 19 September 2018

Ahead of Link and Sustain's event at the Labour Party Conference, Martin Spray CBE sets out why Labour should care about the future of food, farming and the countryside.