Environmental Politics

How green is Jo Swinson?

How green is Jo Swinson?

The Lib Dem leader has voted in favour of fracking and selling off state-owned forests but more recently Swinson appears to have developed greener sensitivies. James Fair reports

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Water

Why official data could show a decline in England’s water quality

Why official data could show a decline in England’s water quality

A delay to the publication of a critical river health report and criticism of sampling methods have led observers to question whether DEFRA is obfuscating over the state of England’s water bodies and if the true picture is worse than currently thought. Rachel Salvidge investigates

Water

Water pollution: Britain's 7 largest payouts

Water pollution: Britain's 7 largest payouts

Companies that pollute water bodies can be fined through the courts or offer voluntary enforcement undertakings to the environment agencies to avoid criminal sanctions. Here are seven of the biggest water penalties recorded in the ENDS Fines Monitor database

Water

England’s bathing water quality in 3 charts

England’s bathing water quality in 3 charts

The number of bathing waters in England reaching the required water quality standard rose this year, with the majority being classified as ‘excellent’, according to Environment Agency figures

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

General election: What’s on the green agenda?

General election: What’s on the green agenda?

With the general election campaign now gearing up, the UK’s main parties are already unveiling eye-catching pledges to capitalise on the surge in public concern around climate change and environmental issues. Simon Pickstone investigates whether green issues are set to take centre stage

Environmental Law

Enforcement undertakings: Britain's 10 largest settlements

Enforcement undertakings: Britain's 10 largest settlements

Since 2015, companies that commit certain offences under environmental permitting regulations have been able to offer voluntary enforcement undertakings (EUs) to the environment agencies to avoid criminal sanctions. Conor McGlone looks through some of the largest settlements

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Could a Trump-style rollback of green rules happen here?

Could a Trump-style rollback of green rules happen here?

Since taking office, the US president has taken a chainsaw to environmental regulations. With parts of Boris Johnson’s cabinet keen to pursue a deregulatory agenda, is there a danger the UK could follow Trump’s lead after Brexit?

Environmental Law

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The landmark Environment Bill would make significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals, and sets out how a new green watchdog would enforce environmental rules. Here’s what you need to know.

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Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England approves destruction of thousands of duck eggs over ‘threat to cyclists’

Natural England has given permission for the destruction of 4,500 mallard eggs over three years to prevent ducks “walking out in front of cyclists” and causing accidents

Products & Chemicals

Substitute PFAS and nanotubes now, says chemicals NGO

‘Asbestos-like’ carbon nanotubes and a series of chemicals considered ‘persistent, mobile and toxic’ should be replaced in all supply chains, according to a chemicals NGO

Industrial emissions

Software failure costs Total £36,000 for ETS error

Oil and gas company Total E&P has paid a five-figure sum after an error crept into one of its offshore platform’s greenhouse gas emissions calculations

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Enforcement

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

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?

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

Water

Interview: Feargal Sharkey blames the Environment Agency for England’s dying chalk streams

Former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey is fighting to save England’s globally rare chalk streams from environmental collapse and is challenging the Environment Agency to take action

Regulation

The cost of compliance: are businesses getting more for their money?

An increase in charges has pulled in an additional £5m in annual fee income for the Environment Agency, but the regulator’s performance on determination times has in some cases got worse

Climate change

Coastal flooding: will the residents of Fairbourne become Britain's first climate refugees?

The villagers of Fairbourne, North Wales, have been dubbed Britain’s first “climate refugees”. As sea levels rise they won’t be the last, but are authorities prepared?

Case studies

Sustainability

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

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

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How a developer-funded warden system is saving seabirds in the Solent

Developers, who are contributing to extra pressure on coastal birds with the houses they build, are funding the cost of mitigating the impacts

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a mitigation project overcame opposition to a pylon scheme

Local people were closely involved in the design of landscape mitigation measures to offset the visual impact of a major pylon scheme in Scotland

Air

The debrief: The children’s hospital spearheading a pioneering clean air plan

Great Ormond Street Hospital is trying to improve air quality in and around its premises and educate the public coming through its doors at the same time

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