People living near brownfield sites are significantly more likely to suffer from poor health than those living in areas with little or no brownfield land, according to new geographical research.
The findings by Durham University suggest that the regeneration of brownfield land should be considered as a policy priority for Local Authority public health teams.
The research – the first to examine the link between brownfield land and health in England – shows that brownfield sites could be a potentially important and previously overlooked environmental influence on health.
Brownfield land is previously used or derelict land that may have real or perceived contamination problems and that requires intervention to bring it back into productive use. The Homes and Communities Agency estimates that there is around 62,000 hectares of brownfield land in England alone.
Durham University researchers found that local communities with large amounts of brownfield land in England had poorer health outcomes, including limiting long term illness. Electoral wards with large areas of brownfield generally had worse health compared to those with no brownfield or only small amounts.
While the hazardous effects of brownfield land with contaminants are well known, researchers suggest that, regardless of contamination, brownfield could have wider negative impacts on the general health of communities. They say further research is needed to find out which health effects play the greatest role.
The research is published in the academic journal Environment and Planning A.
"Healthy land? An examination of the area-level association between brownfield land and morbidity and mortality in England", by Bambra et al,published in Environment and Planning A, 46(2) 433 – 454. Paper available online here>>>
SuRF-UK is delighted to announce the publication of its Phase 3 work which includes four key deliverables:
CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the launch of GWSDAT (GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool). This free software application, developed by Shell, is open source, user-friendly and can be used for the visualisation and interpretation of groundwater monitoring data. It's key features include:
The benefits of using GWSDAT include:
To obtain access to GWSDAT click here>>>
The European Commission Joint Research Centre has recently published a reference report led by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES), which presents the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. The report outlines findings such as the following:
To view or download the report click here>>>
The latest Land Forum minutes from the meeting held on the 30th January 2014 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated Land Forum website. The minutes can be viewed here>>>
CLG has launched the final version of the planning practice guidance on a streamlined and accessible website. This follows the Beta test of the site launched last August 2013. Click here to view the website>>>
The renewable energy guidance published last July 2013 has been integrated into this website, and they have taken the opportunity to make the guidance clearer in relation to the considerations for solar farms.
Practice guidance across all aspects of the planning system has now been made available entirely online in a usable and accessible way. Therefore, CLG are cancelling the previous planning practice guidance documents as they are being replaced by the on-line guidance, and a list of these is available here>>>
If you would like to publish a CL:AIRE Bulletin, we are offering a 50% discount in the bulletin fee to CL:AIRE members. CL:AIRE publishes a number of different types of bulletin (Case Study, Technical, Research, Site, Guidance etc) which can be used to inform the industry about your project, technology or research. All bulletins are reviewed by CL:AIRE's Technology and Research Group to make sure they are of the highest quality.
For a 4-page CL:AIRE bulletin we typically receive a word count of 3000-4000 words, with 6 or 8 figures, diagrams, photos or tables etc. We prefer you to provide the document in Word and any illustrative material as separate electronic files (e.g. jpg), rather than embedding them in Word. Also, please remember to provide some appropriate contact details at the end.
As a guide to content and style of writing, our audience is very varied (local authority, site owner, consultant, contractor, student, general public etc), and so we like to ease the reader into the subject matter by providing a general introduction and setting the scene. This does not have to be in great detail and you might find previous bulletins a useful guide (see the Resources/Publications Library area of the CL:AIRE website www.claire.co.uk).
Once we have received your text (in Word), we will send it to the CL:AIRE independent review panel, the Technology and Research Group to review. Once you have addressed any comments, we will put it into a desktop publishing package, and send it back to you for review as a pdf. Once published, your bulletin can be considered a peer reviewed document.
We charge £3000 for a pdf bulletin, which will be promoted widely via our website. The 50% discount only applies to the 4 page bulletins described above.
Five sponsors have already snapped up the chance to sponsor this event, which means there is only 1 space remaining.
Over 60 abstracts have been submitted for the event and these are currently being assessed by the Scientific Committee.
In Situ Remediation 2014 is being organised by CL:AIRE on behalf of the ADVOCATE network at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. The conference will bring together leading scientists, researchers and environmental professionals working in the field. The event offers a great opportunity to promote your company, develop new business opportunities as well as gain an international visibility.
If your organisation is looking to link to and gain brand coverage with a successful event full details can be found here>>>
Please note registration is now open. Full details can be found on the Conference Website>>>
CL:AIRE is pleased to announce the publication of Technology Demonstration Project Bulletin TDP25 and an In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) decision support tool, which are now available to download.
TDP25 is titled, "Decision support tool for innovative in situ multi-contaminant groundwater remediation" and describes the development of a decision support framework to assist practitioners and other stakeholders on the decision of whether to use ISCO for the remediation of contaminated groundwater and, if deemed appropriate, guidance on the selection of chemical oxidants and their application in the subsurface.
The bulletin can be downloaded here>>>
The ISCO Tool can be downloaded here>>>
Hosted by The Geological Society & The Royal Society of Chemistry
"The Importance of Toxicology in Managing Contaminated Land”
The CL:AIRE Networking Series is a programme of events aimed at bringing the CL:AIRE Membership companies together. These events give companies the opportunity to create new connections, discuss common industry problems/solutions and to highlight the latest developments in the industry.
Following the success of last year’s events we are delighted to announce the first of these events for 2014:
Monday 24th March 2014 at the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. The session will run from 17:30 to 20:00.
Attendance is free to all CL:AIRE Members, Qualified Persons, Geological Society Fellows and Royal Society of Chemistry members. Non-members of these organisations will be charged £20 for entry.