Government Science and Environment in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Government Science and Environment

Act on CO2 -

Cross-government initiative highlighting how individuals can make a difference and includes a CO2 calculator to work out personal carbon footprint.

Council for Science and Technology

Independent advisory body on science and technology policy issues. Includes details of membership and meetings, and a collection of their reports.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in Britain. Information about their role, services, and resources.

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Created in 2008 to bring together energy policy (previously with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and climate change mitigation policy (previously with Defra). Includes information about their ministerial team, strategies, and programmes.

Drinking Water Inspectorate

Responsible for assessing and regulating the quality of drinking water in England and Wales. Includes information about their services, consumer advice, and technical papers.

Environment Agency - Complaints Procedure

How to make a complaint about the Environment Agency’s service or appeal against a regulatory decision.

The Food and Environment Research Agency

Purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks.


Aims to help government think systematically about the future, using scientific and other evidence, and futures analysis. Describes their active projects, with news and contacts.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation. Information about its activities, reports, news, and structure.

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee -

Providing a long-term liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world. Includes information on meetings and publications.

Pesticides Safety Directorate

Established to control and regulate pesticides used in agriculture, horticulture and in the garden. Information about their services, research, codes of practice, and a database of approved products.

Sustainable Development Commission

Until March 2011, the Government's independent watchdog on sustainable development; now provides an archive of their evidence-based public reports on contentious environmental, social and economic issues.

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