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  • Water levels at Bewl Water reservoir in Kent fell to around 40% during dry conditions in 2012. Photograph: Granville Davies/Alamy Stock Photo

    High and dry: is the UK prepared for growing pressure on its water resources?

    Climate change and population growth are putting pressure on the world’s water resources. Rachel Salvidge examines the looming shortage in the UK and current thinking about how it can be slaked

  • Philip Fjeld, chief executive of CNG Fuels. Picture: CNG Fuels

    Career Insight: Philip Fjeld FREE

    Philip Fjeld, chief executive of major biomethane supplier CNG Fuels, shares his career insights

  • Closure or biomass conversion of coal-fired plant has driven the largest greenhouse gas emissions reductions (Photo: debstheleo/123RF)

    UK energy and carbon intensity reductions slow

    The UK economy has enjoyed major reductions in carbon and energy intensity, driven by a switch to gas, renewable generation and greater energy efficiency, but progress is slowing

  • Ian Dickie, economics director at eftec. Photo: eftec

    Career Insight: Ian Dickie

    Ian Dickie, a director of economics for the environmental economics consultancy eftec and of the Aldersgate Group, shares his career insights

  • Shaun Spiers, director of the Green Alliance. Photo: Green Alliance

    Insider Insight: Shaun Spiers

    Shaun Spiers, executive director of the Green Alliance, previously chief executive of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and of the Association of British Credit Unions, shares his career insights.

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    Infographic: A brief history of solar PV in the UK

    Solar PV deployment continued its ascent last year, but are the technology’s prospects starting to dim?

  • Despite political and funding uncertainty affecting several large infrastructure projects, consultants at ENDS 2017 roundtable were upbeat about the future

    Environmental consultants confident but cautious

    EIA regulations, Brexit, resilience, species licensing and persistent pollutants were among the issues raised at this year’s ENDS environmental consultancy roundtable

  • Dr Anne-Marie Warris

    Insider Insight: Dr Anne-Marie Warris

    Dr Anne-Marie Warris, director of consultancy Ecoreflect and current chair of the International Organization for Standardization technical sub-committee responsible for environmental management systems standards, shares her insights

  • The environment secretary will have his hands full at DEFRA. Photograph: Policy Exchange

    Gove faces daunting list of environmental challenges

    ENDS asked key green groups which actions Michael Gove should prioritise during his time at DEFRA and concludes that the new environment secretary has his work cut out

  • Scandals such as VW being caught cheating on diesel car emissions tests have highlighted the important role of technical standards. Photograph: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt

    High standards: a better way to regulate?

    Technical and organisational standards permeate many areas of business life but are often invisible or misunderstood. Isabella Kaminski explores how they dovetail with environmental regulation and asks whether the system could be improved

Comment

  • 'A key issue of a modern EIA is separating pertinent data from the masses of available information' – Rufus Howard, director of sustainable development, Royal HaskoningDHV

    Digital reporting is the way forward for EIA statements

    Rufus Howard: Web-based environmental statements are on the way. Such a format can help users navigate these increasingly data-heavy documents through more interactive, user-friendly engagement

  • 'Energy is in critical need of clear, far-sighted government strategy' – Louise Kingham, chief executive, Energy Institute

    Ministers must act to attract energy investment

    Louise Kingham: Brexit uncertainty is scaring off investors, and with the UK set to lose £2.5bn in European Investment Bank loans and EU funds, we need long-term policy to boost confidence

  • Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College London

    Supreme court warns against legalistic view on housing

    Richard Macrory: A judge has delivered guidance on the interpretation of housing policy in the National Planning Policy Framework that will be helpful to planners, developers and other stakeholders

  • Isabella Kaminski, deputy editor, ENDS Report

    Law and disorder

    Isabella Kaminski: We went to press as the UK began formal negotiations on leaving the EU. It is an important moment for the UK politically, but an absolutely crucial one for its environment

  • Michael Phelan, chief executive and co-founder, Endeco Technologies

    Adapt or die in fast-changing grid-balancing market

    Michael Phelan: Up to half of demand-side-response services companies are likely to disappear over the next two years, favouring those with more experience and the technical expertise to act quickly

  • Trewin Restorick, founder and chief executive, Hubbub

    Litter strategy is nothing but a huge disappointment

    Trewin Restorick: Despite a need for leadership, the government’s long-awaited litter strategy offers nothing new and dodges growing calls for charges on disposable plastic items

  • Dr Andy Rees, head of waste strategy, Welsh government

    How we can learn from the Welsh recycling success story

    Despite already being a recycling trailblazer, Wales is consulting on a further increase to its recycling target, providing a lesson in waste management that can be learned across the rest of the UK.

  • Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College London

    When is a journey not a journey in the eyes of the law?

    Richard Macrory: A recent Court of Appeal decision reaffirmed the statutory immunity for noise nuisance caused by aircraft. Much rested on defining whether a ‘journey’ has to actually go anywhere

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Time for a more scientific approach

    Paul Hatchwell: The Paris Agreement seem far removed from the daily concerns of businesses balancing energy efficiency and emissions reduction investments against other compliance and competitiveness issues. But it is not.

  • Matthew Farrow, executive director, Environmental Industries Commission

    Air quality plan fails to show ‘strong and stable’ leadership

    Matthew Farrow: The public’s attitude to air pollution has shifted, yet the government’s reluctance to act decisively for fear of alienating motorist groups and business lobbies is taking its toll

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