ENDS Report Issue 510, September 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Holding the thin green line

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: How to support the ever thinner green line? DEFRA has turned to outsiders to make up its staffing shortfall, but an experienced hard core of civil servants is still needed to make sense of policy advice

  • 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?

    Analysis

    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

  • Despite producing the most waste, the business sector does not have a recycling target. Photograph: Ian Allenden/123RF

    Time to shine a light on business waste

    Analysis

    It is generally accepted that most of the UK’s waste is generated by businesses but there is neither a recycling target in place for C&I waste nor robust data to measure the scale of the problem. Conor McGlone investigates

  • Atlantic salmon in the River Severn: it could take five years to understand the impacts of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon on migratory fish. Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo

    Swimming against the tide

    Analysis

    Can fish derail the world’s first tidal lagoon? James Parsons investigates the challenges facing lagoons, barrages and marine energy projects around the world

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

    Supreme court warns against legalistic view on housing

    Comment

    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

  • '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

    Comment

    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

    Comment

    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

  • Shaun McCarthy OBE, director of consultancy Action Sustainability

    Insider Insight: Shaun McCarthy FREE

    News

    Shaun McCarthy OBE, director of consultancy Action Sustainability, tells us about his new role as chair of IEMA’s Professional Standards Committee.

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    Infographic: Impressive cuts but emissions gap remains

    Analysis

    The UK has made impressive progress in cutting its greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, but our latest infographic shows current policy is not enough to meet emissions targets

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