Giant crater opens on one of the busiest roads of central Manchester

A 40ft-deep crater has appeared in middle of Mancunian Way blocking a major route around the city centre. The sinkhole opened up around midday on Friday 14th August in central Manchester after torrential rain hit the city, with almost half of August’s rain falling in only 6 hours(1). United Utilities said the section of Mancunian...

Environmental impacts of Agricultural land uses

What are the Environmental Impacts associated with Agricultural Land uses in the UK? This is the first instalment in a series of blog posts which will identify and evaluate the typical environmental impacts associated with day to day farm processes. To sheep dip or not to sheep dip? Figure 1: Image captured in September 2015....

Radon in the workplace – Are your employees at risk?

Radon in the workplace, such as basements, mines and utility industry service ducts, can have significant levels of radon. However, all workplaces such as schools, offices and care homes can be affected by high levels of radon. Legislation has been put in place to ensure that the risk from radon to employees is reduced1. The...

Tidal Energy

Tidal energy has the potential to provide a reliable and predictable source of clean green energy to the UK. The world’s tides are controlled by a complex but predictable relationship between the position of the moon and the sun producing a gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans, combined with the effect of the wind and...

Fracking rules enshrined in law

The Infrastructure Act 2015 came into force on 12 February. Shale gas developers now have a statutory right of underground drilling under people’s land without permission. Keith Davidson at ELM Law looks at the options for landowners who are concerned about the impact of fracking. Protecting property assets Since fracking is still an emerging technique,...

The Price of Plastic Bags

  Single-use plastic bags are a world-wide waste issue, as a single bag can take up to 500 years or more to degrade1. Further to the huge waste issue caused by discarded plastic bags there is a cost to wildlife that should be considered as small animals such as birds and fish can either end...

What is Radon?

  What is Radon? What are the potential sources? What are the potential risks? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium (238U) (1). Uranium is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks throughout the UK, with areas of elevated radon risk noted to include the granitic...

Compulsory Purchase Orders

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) allows certain statutory bodies to obtain land or property from an individual without their consent to do so. These orders will occur when the purchase of said land or property is needed to carry out a function that Parliament feels is in the public’s best interest.(1) In practice, the most...

Alien plants: Do they come from space?

  It seems there is some confusion on alien species and their invasion. Species of either vegetables or animals discovered in a place they do not belong are defined as alien (or exotic).1 Not all of them have a negative impact on the hosting environment; however, the effects should never be underestimated.1 A considerable number...