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Landowners to Gove: Give us new general bird kill licences free of burdens ...

Landowners to Gove: Give us new general bird kill licences free of burdens

“Gold-plating and mission creep” has led to the “current chaos” surrounding Natural England’s withdrawal of three general bird control licences, which should be replaced with lighter touch permits,... Read more

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Legislation

Could net-zero carbon halt Heathrow expansion?

Could net-zero carbon halt Heathrow expansion?

The government has admitted that building a third runway at Britain’s largest airport may be incompatible with achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Gareth Simkins looks into the implications

Land, Ecology & Development

Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids

Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids

A council claims the ‘devastating’ destruction of thousands orchids was the unfortunate consequence of a drainage works project, but the local wildlife NGO says the affair was bungled. Adam Branson reports

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European elections: Who’s who on environmental policy

European elections: Who’s who on environmental policy

With the European elections fast approaching, Simon Pickstone looks at where some of the UK's top candidates stand on environmental issues

Carbon trading

How a government bailout saved British Steel from a £500m environment fine

How a government bailout saved British Steel from a £500m environment fine

British Steel found itself in some serious financial trouble last week, without ready means to pay a massive emissions trading liability. Gareth Simkins looks into why the government had to step in

Land, Ecology & Development

Why MPs believe the Japanese knotweed threat is being overplayed

Why MPs believe the Japanese knotweed threat is being overplayed

An inquiry has found that the effects of Japanese knotweed have been exaggerated and are unduly hindering property sales and undermining their value. Conor McGlone investigates

Energy

What does ‘net-zero by 2050’ mean for big industry?

What does ‘net-zero by 2050’ mean for big industry?

The government’s climate change advisers say the lion’s share of greenhouse gas cuts can be achieved through existing technologies. Isabella Kaminski looks at what this means for heavy industry

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Environmental Law

High Court quashes development due to lack of appropriate assessment

Planning permission for 30 residential dwellings and car parking arrangements to replace a horse stables near a legally protected area has been quashed by the High Court due to a lack of appropriate assessment

Environmental Politics

25-Year Environment Plan: ‘Not enough action’, say green groups

Green groups have lamented the government’s limited action towards meeting the goals of its 25-Year Environment Plan, despite a report revealing all but four work streams have been completed or are on track

Policy

50 MPs demand stronger Environment Act

Some 50 MPs have backed calls for a stronger Environment Act in a bid for “world-leading legislation” on restoring nature and improving the UK’s environment

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Regulation

The firms that took on the EA and won

The firms that took on the EA and won

How did the handful of businesses that have overturned Environment Agency permitting decisions manage to succeed at appeal?

Land, Ecology & Development

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

A debate has been raging over whether the practice of using netting to prevent birds nesting should be allowed or even made a criminal offence. Rachel Salvidge reports

Land, Ecology & Development

How a major new deep coal mine got its green light

Cumbria County Council has approved a major new deep coal mine that will release an estimated 450 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. James Fair looks at how it weighed up the economic and climate change implications

Parliament Brexit Hub

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

Land, Ecology & Development

How will the government's flagship development enhance nature?

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc will "achieve net gains in biodiversity and natural capital", says the government. Adam Branson looks at how it plans to embed nature into the project from the start

Case studies

Recycling

The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

Stroud District Council almost doubled its recycling rate in two years. Could its strategy be replicated elsewhere and used to reverse a nationwide stagnation?

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How a district licensing scheme is raising funds from developers to protect newts

One Midlands scheme aims to show that with the right strategy and people in place, district licensing can throw off the ‘licence to trash’ label

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: Inside a council’s pioneering biodiversity net gain planning policy

In 2016 Lichfield District Council introduced a policy requiring a 20% biodiversity net gain on developments. How has the approach worked out?

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How Sussex farmers have made a return to nature pay

Cited in the government’s 25-Year Environment Plan, the Knepp Estate in Sussex has allowed free-roaming animals to shape the land into a mix of habitats. James Fair reports on this pioneering project

Environmental management systems

The debrief: How compostable bags are helping a retailer cut its plastics use

Co-op is offering compostable carrier bags at 1,000 stores, but barriers may prevent wider take-up. Conor McGlone visits the Italian facility that supplies the new biodegradable bags to the retailer

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