ENDS Report Issue 507, May 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • Rachel Salvidge, features editor, ENDS Report

    Bonfire of the strategies


    Plan after strategy after bill has been lofted into the fire, fuelled by Brexit and fanned by Theresa May’s snap election

  • Thames Water was fined a record £20m in March for repeatedly discharging raw sewage into the Thames, estimated to total around 1.4 billion litres. Photograph: Tom Arthur/Flickr

    Sold down the river


    Despite improvements the water sector continues to be responsible for large volumes of pollutants entering England’s rivers every year, so what can be done to stem the flow? Rachel Salvidge reports on plans to make private firms strengthen their resilience duties

  • Heavy traffic is a major contributor to the rise in air pollution, with new research raising concerns over previously unknown effects on human health. Photograph: Pexels.com

    Killing hearts and minds


    Recent discoveries are expanding our knowledge of how air pollution affects the human body. Gareth Simkins examines studies showing that what we breathe in can cause a number of life-threatening conditions in previously healthy people of any age

  • Charles Hendry at the launch of his report on tidal lagoons. Photograph: Tidal Lagoon Power

    Rethinking tidal lagoon energy


    As the marine energy sector waits for the government’s position on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, James Parsons speaks with Charles Hendry, author of the independent report advocating its development

  • Standard reporting frameworks in the NHS means the CRC may have added unnecessary bureaucracy for no added value. Photograph: Lankowsky/Alamy Stock Photo

    Legacies and lessons of the beleaguered CRC


    A controversial scheme that started out as a major government initiative to improve organisations’ energy efficiency but has been beset by constant change, will dwindle to a halt in 2019. Paul Hatchwell looks at its successes, failures and the lessons that can be learned

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    Infographic: The CRC’s fading role in energy efficiency


    Participants in the CRC have continued to reduce their emissions, but how much can be attributed to the energy efficiency scheme, which is has been beset by ongoing change, is difficult to gauge

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

    Stick to the intended aim when interpreting policies


    Richard Macrory: Planning authorities should avoid reading development plans and government policy guidance as though they were detailed legislation, says the Court of Appeal

  • Dr Joanne Nightingale, principal research scientist in Earth observation and climate, National Physical Laboratory

    New data to aid innovation in fight against climate change


    Joanne Nightingale: A European initiative is providing unprecedented access to a wealth of Earth observation data that will be turned into products and services to help mitigate the effects of climate change

  • Andrew Bird, chair, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

    Look beyond recycling rates for true waste reduction


    Andrew Bird: We need to move away from a narrow focus on weight-based recycling targets and extend producer responsibility to help local authorities improve their waste management

  • Vincent Zabielski, senior lawyer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

    Avoiding a crash-landing for the UK nuclear industry


    Vincent Zabielski: Now that article 50 has been triggered we need to negotiate a smooth exit from Euratom to maintain safety standards for UK nuclear operations and enable new builds

  • 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

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