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Green Cities

The majority of the people in the world live in urban areas. The idea of city life has always been attractive for people. However, the consequences of growth – like traffic congestion, urban extension, waste, and environmental pollution –  have negatively affected the quality of living. In Europe, we currently use 16 tonnes of material...

Phytoremediation: plants are (always) good to us

Since the beginning of industrialisation, humans have used the soil as a contaminant sink. Over time, the amount of pollutants disposed into soil has increased – landfills being a primary example of this1. Soil is not a renewable resource and is teeming with ecosystems of micro-organisms that are vital to life on earth. Unfortunately, the...

One of the biggest secrets of World War II

During the Second World War a secret department was formed at Britain’s Air Ministry to co-ordinate a strategy to defeat German bombing by deception. With the help of leading technicians from the film industry, a broad range of day and night decoy sites to mislead enemy bombers were built throughout the island (1). This campaign...

Groundsure announces Flood Re statement in conveyancing reports

Today marks the launch of the well anticipated Flood Re – a £2.1bn flood reinsurance scheme between the government and the insurance industry that enables people that live in flood prone areas to insure their properties at an affordable price. The traditional state of play has been that those living in high flood risk areas...

Visualising Chalara Dieback of Ash

You may have seen recently the reports by BBC News and The Guardian on Chalara dieback of ash (Hymenoscyphus Fraxineus). This disease, combined with the arrival of the Emerald borer beetle, could eventually wipe out ash trees in the UK, according to report recently published by the Journal of Ecology1. Why does it matter? Ash...

Building on the flood plain

In a perfect world no one would want to be building within a fluvial flood plain and tidal flood zone… but with such competition for land, it is something that cannot be avoided all the time. Record breaking rainfall has seen flooding sweep across the UK, and yet according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC),...

UK coal power phased out in 10 years?

UK coal power to be phased out within 10 years: what will the future hold? What has been proposed? On the 18th November 2015 the UK government announced their plans to close all coal fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023 1. The government’s consultations are due to commence this spring...

Can social media really monitor air pollution?

Have you ever opened your front door and breathed in the fresh, clean air? But actually how clean is the air you are breathing right now? According to recent news headlines, not very: “Law firm in new legal threat over UK air pollution”1 “East England towns and cities ‘have illegal NO2 levels’”2 “Defra faces legal...

Groundsure launches new look reports

We have been busy updating the aesthetics on our reports. So far our Flood, Planning, and Homescreen reports have been launched and our flagship residential environmental search report – Homebuyers – will be live from the 1st May. The new-look Homebuyers will detail specific types of energy installations (both potential and planned) within the vicinity...