Chapter 9 Imagine

Chapter 9 Imagine


233. For more on the Chancellor’s attack on the Habitats and Birds Directives see http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/nov/29/autumn-statement-george-osborne-green-policies 

233. For the results of the review he instigated into the impact of these two keystone environmental laws see:

233. For the source of the numbers I cite on the economic costs and benefits that arise from the Habitats and Birds Directives see: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/financing/docs/Natura2000financingHandbook_part%201.pdf

233. Regarding funding cuts to official environmental bodies see for example: http://www.endsreport.com/41653/environment-agency-cuts-surviving-the-surgeons-knife 

233. On the planning system and threats to nature see for example: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/hands-off-our-land/ 

233. On the general attack toward environmental regulation taken forward by the coaltion government see for instance: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2012/mar/19/environment-regulation-red-tape-challenge 


234. You can find out much more regarding the National Ecosystem Assessment from their excellent website http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/About/tabid/56/Default.aspx

234. For the source of the commitment on the 2011 White Paper to be the first generation to leave nature in better shape than we found it see: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/228842/8082.pdf 
That particular policy goal is found on page 3 in point 3. 

235. For the number of woodland affected by the proposed HS2 route see: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/campaigning/campaigns/hs2-rail-link/ 

236. For the actual text of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act see: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/37/contents 




236. 44 million fewer breeding birds since the 1960s - http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/details.aspx?id=330293 

237. On the increased risk of extinction arising from climate change see this letter to Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v427/n6970/full/nature02121.html 

237-239. For much more on the National Forest visit their website here: http://www.nationalforest.org/

239. For the economic assessment of the value of the National Forest see: Dickie. I., et al. (2010) Initial Assessment of the Costs and Benefits buy viagra panama of The National Forest. Eftec Report for Defra and The National Forest Company. 

240. I say about £100 billion will be spend over the next 15 years in ways that impact on land and water. See the source for this here: Indepen, (2014). Discussion paper on the potential for catchment services in England, for Wessex Water, Severn Trent Water and South West Water. Indepen, London. You can find this paper on-line at: http://www.indepen.uk.com/docs/catchment-services-report_july2014.pdf


245. For the calculation that each household in Britain pays about £400 per year see: Rotherham, L. (2009) How the Common Agricultural Policy costs families nearly £400 a year. Report for The Taxpayers’ Alliance.

245-246. More about Ofwat here: http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/

248-250. Information about proposals for a Nature and Wellbeing Act here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/NWA 

250. The Natural Capital Committee https://www.naturalcapitalcommittee.org/home.html 

250. The Office for National Statistics has already calculated some of the values arsing from Britain’s natural assets. In this initial study they suggest elements of nature are worth about £1.5 trillion (£1,573 billion)– about the same as the massive national debt! See that here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_361880.pdf