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Environment officers are responsible for investigating suspected illegal activities across a number of sectors including the water and waste industry. Photograph: Conor McGlone
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Environment Agency slashes frontline enforcement staff

A sharp decline in the number of enforcement officers in England and the agency’s failure to rule out further cuts has been condemned by a major union

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Commercial water market opens for business

Businesses and other non-household customers in England are now able to choose who supplies their water and wastewater services

Environmental and sustainability professionals enjoy 70% job satisfaction rates compared to less than 50% for all professionals. Photograph: 123RF

Job satisfaction at 70% for environmental professionals FREE

Buoyant salaries, positive prospects for promotion and strong resolve to take on challenges characterise the environmental profession, finds IEMA, although gender inequality, Brexit and Trump’s presidency are concerns

Dr Rebecca Heaton is the head of sustainability and policy at Drax Group. Photograph: CCC

CCC makes controversial Drax appointment

Eyebrows have been raised at the CCC’s appointment of a Drax employee given the ongoing debate about the sustainability of biomass

Women still only occupy 15% of STEM posts, though the gap is closing. Photograph: Sergey Nivens/123RF

Veolia highlights key role for women in STEM careers

On International Women’s Day, four women leaders in environmental services firm Veolia highlight challenges and progress made against the continuing gender gap on STEM careers

The government's new industrial strategy reveals opportunities in R&D for smart energy, nuclear, electric vehicles and dealing with skill shortages. Photograph: Dmitry Kalinovsky/123RF

Industrial strategy targets low-carbon skills and R&D in energy, transport FREE

The government’s new industrial strategy and research funding is set to boost environmental careers, particularly in smart energy, electric vehicles and nuclear power

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Minister leaves after five months in business role   FREE

Baroness Neville-Rolfe has been moved on after short tenure in BEIS following Christmas reshuffle in Lords

The department has hired 226 new members of staff so far in 2016. Photograph: Andriy Popov/123RF

DEFRA steps up recruitment drive amid Brexit staffing fears

The environment department has begun recruiting heavily as more reports emerge that it is one of the most under-resourced departments but also vital for a “successful EU exit”

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