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With two new sculptures on Blackpool's Promenade and the upcoming move of Antony Gormley's Another Place to Crosby Beach, Jonathan Schofield explores the relationship between art and the waterside. He looks at examples both good and bad that can be found along beaches and rivers in the Northwest and examines the aesthetic benefit of having public art next to water.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is the UN's flagship environmental event that takes place every year on June 5th. Edwin Colyer explores the various activities and events taking place across the Northwest that are helping to encourage people to engage in and enjoy the region’s natural environment.
A new report has been commissioned to assess the impact of climate change on the Northwest’s tourism industry and the findings are far from sunny. It is assumed that once the country starts warming up, tourists will be flocking to the Northwest rather than the over-heated Mediterranean but the research suggests this may not be the case. Paul Unger examines the issues raised by the report and examines how tourism in the Northwest may bring increased problems in terms of managing and maintaining the natural environment once climate change hits home.
Louise Tickle explores the reasons behind the Mersey Basin Campaign setting up a guide to watersports in the Northwest whilst enjoying her first experience of kayaking on Derwentwater in Cumbria.
Spotlight - Tony Dean
Source talks to Tony Dean, the regional director for the Environment Agency in the Northwest about how his career has led him to his current position and about his aspirations for the Environment Agency in the future.
What's It Worth?
A new report titled “The Environmental Economy of England’s Northwest” has been published and has estimated that the region’s environment supports 109,000 jobs and is worth around £2.6 billion to its economy. Jason Teasdale talks to members of the Environment Agency and the NWDA about the findings of this report and discusses how both communities and business can benefit from the environment’s economic potential.
Splitting the Atom
With the threat of climate change and rapidly depleting fossil fuel resources, new methods of low-carbon energy generation cannot be ignored. New nuclear is one such method and a controversial one at that. Source talks to leading figures from the nuclear, research and environmental sectors to explore their views on what new nuclear will mean for the UK’s energy sector and for the Northwest.