Land, Ecology & Development

Make big polluters pay for landscape restoration, say government’s climate change advisers

Make big polluters pay for landscape restoration, say government’s climate change advisers

The government must make big polluters pay for major tree planting projects and force SSSI landowners and water companies to restore peatlands if the UK is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050,... Read more

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Environmental Law

Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

In its 14 year history, the nature regulator has brought just 14 successful prosecutions. James Fair asks whether the enforcer is proving to be a soft touch

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Why the mooted Whitehall shake-up may come at the wrong time for DEFRA

Why the mooted Whitehall shake-up may come at the wrong time for DEFRA

Downing Street has hinted at major changes in Whitehall once the UK leaves the EU. But with DEFRA already grappling with a huge workload, does a shake-up make sense? Simon Pickstone investigates

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

How will DEFRA’s new environmental land management scheme work?

A radical new environmental land management scheme has been sketched out in the Agriculture Bill but details surrounding how it would work in practice are thin on the ground. Isabella Kaminski reports

Environmental Law

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

More than 1,600 permitted sites in England have not been inspected for at least three years, according to an analysis of Environment Agency data, while other sites have faced multiple checks in a single year

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

A planning inspector has asked a council to withdraw its local plan, asserting that its approach to air pollution and its effects on protected habitats is flawed. James Agyepong-Parsons looks at what went wrong

Energy from waste

What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

A new waste incineration best available techniques reference document is likely to have major cost implications for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

The 8th deadly sin: how a campaign to establish a global law of ecocide is gathering momentum

The 8th deadly sin: how a campaign to establish a global law of ecocide is gathering momentum

Spurred on by deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners are calling for systematic environmental destruction to be made an international crime. The idea is gaining traction, with Pope Francis recently proposing “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church

Water pollution

Interview: What Surfers Against Sewage’s chief thinks about marine pollution and ‘monolithic’ water firms

Interview: What Surfers Against Sewage’s chief thinks about marine pollution and ‘monolithic’ water firms

Over the past 11 years, Hugo Tagholm has transformed the charity he heads from 'rickety organisation' to 'one of the leading and most authentic voices of the ocean'. But his fight to stop water companies polluting the coast is far from over

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Land, Ecology & Development

Committee on Climate Change’s net zero land report: 10 things you need to know

The UK must act now to reduce emissions from agriculture, land use and peatlands if it is to reach net zero by 2050, according to the government’s climate change advisers. Here are 10 things you need to know about the advisers’ new report, published today

Land, Ecology & Development

Just half of England’s local sites managed with nature conservation in mind

Councils in England have reported just less than half of their local sites are being managed to maintain or enhance their nature conservation value, according to new data released by DEFRA

Land, Ecology & Development

Boris Johnson: Ministerial ‘Dyno-Rod’ will sort out nitrates crisis

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he believes there is 'a way forward' on solving the nitrates crisis currently affecting the south coast of England

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Biodiversity / conservation

The sixth extinction: The UK's most at-risk species and the fight to halt nature's decline

The sixth extinction: The UK's most at-risk species and the fight to halt nature's decline

SPECIAL REPORT: 15% of species are formally classified as at risk of extinction in Great Britain. ENDS hears from those on the frontline of efforts to reverse nature's decline

Carbon & energy efficiency

Embodied carbon: Are developers reducing the climate impacts of their buildings?

Over half of a residential block's whole-life carbon emissions are associated with its construction and the materials used. How engaged is the development industry in tackling the problem?

Regulation

How to stay top of the compliance class

Nearly 1,600 sites lost their ‘A’ compliance ratings between 2016 and 2018. Experts talk to ENDS about the consequences of a compliance rating downgrade and how businesses can avoid it

Regulation

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

What are the most common reasons for permit non-compliance and how can they be avoided? Adam Branson investigates

Enforcement

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

The Debrief: How a Scottish project established the case for the return of beavers

The Debrief: How a Scottish project established the case for the return of beavers

The Knapdale trial, which kicked off UK beaver reintroduction after centuries of absence, has shown the biodiversity benefits of these “ecosystem engineers” but also the need for local engagement and a strong management plan, finds Jocelyn Timperley

Waste

Case study: How one waste company got its top rating back

In 2015, Ellie Colson, director of transport and compliance at Colson Transport, ran into a spot of bother with the Environment Agency (EA). At the time, fires at two wood recycling plants had caused a national disposal issue and the only options open to the skip hire company were to landfill wood or stockpile it until the matter was resolved

Agriculture & forestry

The debrief: How farmers in England could deliver green gains after Brexit

A first-of-its-kind farming scheme in the UK could offer a new model for farming subsidy payments for improving nature after leaving the EU

Sustainability

The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state

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