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  • The Dutch Urgenda case brought the first judgment to order a state to step up its climate ambition, although the government is appealing. Photograph: Urgenda/Chantal Bekker

    Could the courts bring order to climate change?

    Climate change litigation has a long history, but it is now going through an exciting and creative period mixing law, science and grassroots campaigning, discovers Isabella Kaminski

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    Infographic: Wales blazes a trail for recycling

    Wales is exceeding its current recycling target of 58% by two percentage points and is on track to meet its 2025 target, according to data published by the Welsh government in October

  • CoP 22 in Marrakech has set a 2018 deadline for the Paris Agreement's rulebook, needed to kick-start climate investment. Photograph: Larysa Honcharenko/123RF

    Marrakech commits to Paris Agreement rulebook by 2018

    Delegates at COP22 in Marrakech have agreed an ambitious 2018 deadline and roadmap to a rule book for the Paris Agreement despite a vast array of unresolved technical issues and a Trump presidency

  • Lord Deben: Governments aren’t always going to get it right

    Beyond 2030: from low carbon to zero carbon

    Ratification of the Paris Agreement and an ambitious fifth carbon budget have triggered a new phase in the UK’s journey towards decarbonisation, but hurdles remain. Paul Hatchwell asks Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben for his views on what the government should prioritise

  • Huge variations in local household waste collections make it difficult to model costs before asking packaging producers to pay for disposal or recycling. Photograph: WRAP

    Should producers have to pay?

    Radical reforms of packaging regulations have been mooted as a route to reducing waste in England, which is lagging behind the rest of the UK. Maxine Perella examines the options

  • Businessman Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th US president. Photograph: Daniel Huizinga/Flickr

    Trump presidency risk to climate change action

    Experts have warned that the election of Donald Trump could have a big negative impact on local and international action to cut carbon emissions

  • Alan Law

    Natural England: Looking at the bigger picture

    Alan Law, Natural England’s chief officer for strategy and reform, talks to Rachel Salvidge about regulation, partnerships and finally delivering the Lawton agenda

  • Heathrow’s expansion plans include wet meadows for flood protection and leisure facilities

    Heathrow expansion: new green spaces promised

    On 25 October the government approved a controversial third runway at Heathrow which will deliver, says the airport’s delighted chief executive John Holland-Kaye, up to £211bn in economic benefit and 180,000 jobs

  • Sea wall breached to allow tidal flooding

    Wallasea Island Wild Coast: Crossrail goes with the flow

  • Platform at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station being built in July: the London rail project is one of many major infrastructure projects under way across the UK. Photograph: Crossrail

    Building a greener future

    Can infrastructure be designed to benefit the environment? Jez Abbott looks at the options for embedding sustainability

Comment

  • Isabella Kaminski, deputy editor, the ENDS Report

    Shades of red, white and blue

    The systems we’ve put in place so far to mitigate climate change may not have all the answers, but what has already been painted on the banner of progress is not so easily erased

  • Matthew Townsend, international regulatory and trade law partner, Allen & Overy

    Balancing trade law and environmental protection

    Matthew Townsend: As the UK redefines its post-Brexit relationships with global trading partners, it has a unique opportunity to incorporate environmental standards into its trade negotiations

  • Martin Wright, chairman, Renewable Energy Association

    Look at storage technology to secure energy supply

    Martin Wright: As the government commits the UK to buying expensive electricity from an outdated nuclear plant for 35 years, new renewable solutions could offer much better alternatives

  • Mark Mulcahy

    Insider Insight: Mark Mulcahy FREE

    Mark Mulcahy, principal UK hydrogeologist for consultancy MWH, shares some career insights.

  • Colin Church

    Taking up the reins: Colin Church

    Colin Church, who left DEFRA to become chief executive of CIWM in October, shares some career insights

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

    Habitats Directive puts onus on applicants to prove no risk

    Richard Macrory: Insufficient information on the potential effects of a proposed wind farm on red kites justified the secretary of state’s decision to deny planning permission, the high court has ruled

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    From Paris to Marrakech

    Paul Hatchwell: What matters now for business is how quickly the recent paradigm shift in thinking on the need to tackle climate change translates into practical climate policy

  • Peter Skinner

    Insider Insight: Peter Skinner FREE

    Peter Skinner, chief executive of Environment & Ground Engineering at consultancy AECOM, shares his career insights

  • Silke Goldberg, partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Brexit – an exit from the internal energy market?

    Silke Goldberg: Going it alone on energy would mean the UK loses out on market coupling and interconnection while still being restricted on state aid. It will slow down EU reforms too

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

    Brexit, environmental law and the Canadian model

    Richard Macrory: Canada and the EU have struck a deal that tries to enshrine environmental protection within the terms of trade. Any future UK-EU relationship should aim to be at least as ambitious

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