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London bees boast bumper honey crop

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London's honey bees have produced their best crop for five years.

Beekeepers say better weather has meant the average yield for a colony weighs in at 29lbs - up more than 50 per cent on last year's average of 19lbs.

While this increase is great news for beekeepers and honey bees, the historic average is 40lbs plus per hive so there is still some way to go if we are to return to our most productive. But beekeepers in the East of England are doing especially well.

– Tim Lovett, British Beekeepers' Association

European court due to rule over air pollution problems

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Judges at the European Court of Justice are due to make a decision over whether the UK has to clean up its act when it comes to air pollution.

Environmental group Client Earth has brought a case against the UK Government over the levels of pollution in cities including London. The Government has admitted it won't be able to meet legal limits by a 2025 deadline.

The judgement at the court in Luxembourg is expected to have knock-on effects for the rest of Europe.

Greater London second 'most-littered' region

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Greater London is the second most littered region in England, behind the North West, according to a new survey.

The Keep Britain Tidy charity says it also found links suggesting those living in the poorest places have the dirtiest streets.

An annual report published today by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) claims that poor levels of cleanliness are also associated with increases in low-level crime and social disorder.

Our earlier research pointed to what we have always instinctively known - that more deprived areas suffer from poorer environmental quality. This report confirms it clearly and irrefutably.

It is clear that social inequality extends to the quality of people's surroundings and we know that if places are dirty and look 'unloved' this can adversely impact on individuals' health and well-being.

– Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy

The survey found that overall litter levels in England are 'at or above an acceptable standard' at 89 per cent of sites.


Hampstead Heath flood defences fight heads to High Court

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Campaigners against plans to build new flood defences around ponds in Hampstead Heath are taking their battle to the High Court later.

The work on eight out of the 25 ponds is intended to improve the safety of existing dams by strengthening them. Those opposing the plans say they are 'excessive.' The area has been managed by the City of London Corporation since 1989.

The challenge is being brought by the Heath and Hampstead Society.

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