Energy

Drax ditches gas conversion plans

Drax ditches gas conversion plans

Drax Group has confirmed that it will not convert two of the six units at its power station in North Yorkshire to gas and will stop coal burning next month

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Chemicals

Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

Interview: Dark Waters hero Robert Bilott on the poisoning of a nation and his 20-year battle with a chemicals giant

US attorney Robert Bilott has worked for two decades to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA, with his efforts leading to multi-million dollar legal payouts, a Hollywood movie and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood. But the battle is far from over, and now it’s global

Waste

Plastic waste exports: Someone else’s problem?

Plastic waste exports: Someone else’s problem?

A change to international rules means plastic waste exports will make further headlines in 2021, and the UK government’s approach has already come under fire

How local authority climate emergency declarations have 'changed the game'

How local authority climate emergency declarations have 'changed the game'

The number of district, county, unitary and metropolitan authorities in the UK to have declared a climate emergency now stands at more than 300 – a sixfold rise over the past two years. But has coronavirus derailed action?

Agriculture & forestry

The debrief: How a breakfast cereals maker is working to boost biodiversity on farms

The debrief: How a breakfast cereals maker is working to boost biodiversity on farms

Striking a balance between meeting consumer demands and the need to protect nature has historically been difficult to achieve, but one food company and its supplying farmers have found a more mutually beneficial approach

Planning & land use

Focus on: pollution from abandoned metal mines

Focus on: pollution from abandoned metal mines

Britain’s landscape is littered with abandoned metal mines, many of which closed more than 100 years ago. They still pollute our rivers, harming fish, river insects and ecosystems

Waste

MAPPED: The UK's plastic waste exports

MAPPED: The UK's plastic waste exports

Latest figures show huge increases in the volume of plastic waste sent for recycling in Turkey and Malaysia. Use ENDS’ interactive map to see where the UK's plastic waste exports are sent

Is the approval of a new UK coal mine ‘absolutely ridiculous’?

Is the approval of a new UK coal mine ‘absolutely ridiculous’?

The UK’s first new deep coal mine in decades has been given the green light and airport expansion is set to go ahead in Leeds. Can these developments be squared with net zero goals? asks James Fair

Waste

How the Environment Bill could transform waste compliance

How the Environment Bill could transform waste compliance

Measures set out in the Environment Bill, particularly around mandatory electronic tracking and producer responsibility, could have major implications for waste compliance. Conor McGlone reports

Contaminated land

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

The sites of hundreds of old buried landfills containing hazardous waste have been uncovered in an investigation by the ENDS Report, which also reveals the locations of hundreds more dumps whose contents remain unknown even to the Environment Agency

Hazardous waste

MAPPED: England and Wales’ toxic legacy landfills

MAPPED: England and Wales’ toxic legacy landfills

An ENDS investigation has located hundreds of buried landfills containing hazardous waste across England and Wales. Search ENDS' map to see if there's one close to you

Regulation

INTERVIEW: The landowner at the centre of river Lugg controversy

INTERVIEW: The landowner at the centre of river Lugg controversy

Herefordshire landowner and potato grower John Price talks to ENDS about being accused of wilfully destroying a stretch of the protected river Lugg and experiencing a multi-agency ‘dawn raid’

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Transport emissions

Emissions cheat scandal: Volkswagen faces fresh allegations over Porsche and Audi

Volkswagen is being investigated for a second time over alleged NOx emissions cheating, this time in its Porsche and Audi vehicles

Policy

Price natural capital into planning decisions, says Treasury’s economics of biodiversity expert

Natural capital prices should be considered in planning permission decisions, household waste should be taxed and genetic modifications encouraged in farming, the author of the Treasury’s economic review of biodiversity has told MPs

Land, Ecology & Development

DFERA publishes guidance on duty to conserve European protected sites

DEFRA has published guidance on how public bodies, water companies and government ministers must help protect, conserve and restore EU designated protected habitats and species in the UK

Compliance Deadlines

Plan ahead with our Calendar feature highlighting upcoming compliance deadlines

Compliance Search

Discover all ENDS content in one place, including legislation summaries to keep up to date with compliance deadlines

Editor’s pick

Water quality

MAPPED: England's healthiest – and most polluted – rivers

MAPPED: England's healthiest – and most polluted – rivers

The proportion of England’s rivers in good ecological health has plateaued at 14%, according to official classifications published last week, while the status of more than 100 has been rated as ‘bad’. Use ENDS’ map to view the locations of these water bodies

Chemical risks and hazards

A poisonous legacy: PCBs and the killer whale apocalypse

A group of banned toxic chemicals made decades ago are today harming orcas, porpoises and kestrels. Rachel Salvidge investigates an industrial legacy that refuses to die

Water pollution

Death on the Wye: Is chicken manure destroying the ecology of the river?

The polluted state of the river Wye hit the headlines this year. Campaigners say chicken farms are to blame and NRW has launched a review but is it likely to satisfy anyone? Adam Branson investigates

Fines Monitor Civil sanctions

UPDATED: The ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database

UPDATED: Details of nearly 30 new enforcement undertakings with a value of more than £1.5m have been added to the ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database, as the use of the civil sanction as a tool to deal with environmental offences continues to grow. Click through for the full list, compiled by ENDS

Data & insight

Fines Monitor Prosecutions

Fines Monitor: the outlook for 2021

Fines Monitor: the outlook for 2021

The biggest environmental penalties of the last year, the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on enforcement activity, and legal experts on the prospects for prosecutions in 2021

Waste water & sewage

Focus on: Covid-19 surveillance

Focus on: Covid-19 surveillance

Scientists in Scotland have been using water samples to get a head start on the coronavirus pandemic

Climate change

Data check: The Arctic's long summer

Data check: The Arctic's long summer

A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia earlier this year has meant the Arctic's sea ice freeze has had a later start than usual

Case studies

Planning & land use

The debrief: How an infrastructure firm is working to deliver biodiversity net gain

The debrief: How an infrastructure firm is working to deliver biodiversity net gain

With the Environment Bill making its way through parliament, 2021 looks set to be the year that biodiversity net gain takes a significant step forward in England. But in Scotland, one firm is already working to deliver it

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a farm is helping to offset nitrate pollution in a European protected site

Concerns over nitrate pollution from new housing developments have blocked planning consents for thousands of homes, but the purchase of a farm on the Isle of Wight offers a solution to the problem while creating new habitats

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a project is helping restore two chalk streams to favourable SSSI status

The poor condition of England’s waterways and the important habitats they provide has been making headlines recently, but a project in Hampshire shows how they can be successfully restored to meet environmental targets

Biodiversity / conservation

How new green spaces are easing pressure on sensitive heathlands

The provision of a series of new green spaces has delivered a statistically significant drop in visitors to a special protection area over a period when housing numbers have grown by 13%

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a tree mapping project is making the case for greening Manchester

A major exercise to collect information on more than 2,000 trees has armed Greater Manchester councils with the hard data needed to win green funding

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