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Using an RSS feed

An RSS is an alert system that sends updates to your RSS reader when new content is added or changes are made to your selected topics. This page provides information on how to use an RSS feed.

Using RSS on this site

To receive news updates from this website, click on the 'Subscribe to Ministry for the Environment updates' button at the bottom of the home page. Select the topic and type of news you are interested in and we'll deliver the latest news to your RSS news reader. 

How do I use RSS?

Reading RSS/Atom feeds in a web browser

An RSS ‘feed’ is a stream of content updates from a website. RSS is short for 'Really Simple Syndication' or 'Rich Site Summary'. Some web browsers (eg, Internet Explorer) can be used to read RSS/Atom feeds:

  1. When you’re on a site that has RSS, the RSS icon that is near (or in) the address bar changes from grey to orange.
  2. Click on it to view the feed.
  3. You’ll see an option to Subscribe to the feed. Click on this to add the feed to your favourites/bookmarks. You can then open this area to view updates.

Reading RSS/Atom feeds in your email programme

Some email programmes, such as Microsoft Outlook, can be used to read feeds. The Microsoft website has good information to help you set this up for Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010.

Reading feeds in a feeds reader

Some people prefer to use dedicated websites (or ‘tools’), called ‘RSS readers’. Examples include: