ENDS Report Issue 503, January 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Back to the future too

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: Shaping up to be the most critical year yet for the environment sector, 2017 will see two global megatrends collide

  • 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?

    Analysis

    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

  • Air pollution in London and elsewhere is driving people concerned about the effects on their health to engage in community projects or buy cheap monitors. Photograph: David Holt/Flickr

    Pointless gadgets?

    Analysis

    More community groups are starting to monitor air quality as cheap portable monitors become more available. But this is not necessarily a good thing, say experts. Gareth Simkins investigates

  • Alan Law

    Natural England: Looking at the bigger picture

    Analysis

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

  • The 4,500-hectare Euston Estate in Norfolk, is working with the Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership to improve soils and reduce diffuse water pollution. Photograph: Rachel Salvidge

    Working the landscape

    Analysis

    Catchments will be the building blocks of the government’s forthcoming 25-year environment plan. Rachel Salvidge dons her wellies to find out how catchment management is working in the field

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

    Devolution could result in sentencing postcode lottery

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: Environmental law is evolving at different speeds in different parts of the UK, which could become more pronounced without the guiding framework of the EU

  • Chris Sherrington, principal consultant, Eunomia Research & Consulting

    Targets are not the way to tackle marine plastics

    Comment

    Chris Sherrington: Applying the best available measures to do all we can to reduce marine plastics is a far better way to deal with litter that is swept from land to sea and across national borders

  • Jim Skea, professor of sustainable energy, Imperial College London

    A new opportunity for a low-carbon energy system

    Comment

    Jim Skea: Despite initial scepticism, the government’s decision to merge the energy and business departments could help bring the policy stability and joint approach needed to drive change

  • Paul Nowak: industrial strategy needs to be more joined up - both boosting green growth and resolving skill shortages: photo courtesy of TUC

    Career opportunities and challenges of a low-carbon industrial strategy FREE

    Analysis

    Ahead of the government's emissions reduction plan and new industrial strategy, Paul Hatchwell talked to Paul Nowak, deputy general secretary of the TUC, about the opportunities and challenges for industry and careers in the developing green economy

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    Infographic: Bigger and better – the rise of green bonds

    Analysis

    Green bonds have become a popular way of raising cash for environmental projects and infrastructure through debt securities, show's this month's infographic

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