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Queen’s speech delay ‘further complicates’ green Brexit plans

Queen’s speech delay ‘further complicates’ green Brexit plans

Theresa May’s reported reluctance to bring forward a Queen’s speech could make it more difficult to pass key environmental legislation before Brexit, a green group has warned

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Land, Ecology & Development

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

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 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

Land, Ecology & Development

How a major new deep coal mine got its green light

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

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

'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?


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?

Environmental Law

Is this the end of DEFRA’s agencies as we know them?

Rachel Salvidge: Michael Gove’s statement earlier this week that some DEFRA agencies ‘might be merged’ following a review raises questions over the scope of the exercise and what it might mean for England’s environmental regulators

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Waste overhaul: ‘Get Brexit sorted first’, says Gove

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said new legislation aimed at overhauling the UK’s waste and resources sector will be introduced “within the next year or two”, but only after the government has “sorted” Brexit

Investment & finance

Finance sector calls for action on low-carbon transition

The Bank of England and the UK’s biggest investment manager have both warned of the potential financial losses from failing to tackle climate change, as environmental activists blockaded central London

Investment & finance

Arup and Atkins among consultants picked for £2.6bn EA investment plan

The Environment Agency (EA) has named the consultants it is to work with on delivering its £2.6bn capital investment plan

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Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

What if Michael Gove goes?

What if Michael Gove goes?

Michael Gove has confounded initial expectations, building a reputation as the most effective environment secretary in many years. But with his continued occupation of the role thrown into question by Brexit turmoil, ENDS looks at Gove’s impact so far and the implications should he leave

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

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

Contaminated land

Why it's taking 20 years to clean up one of Scotland’s most polluted industrial sites

Parts of southern Glasgow and Rutherglen are seriously contaminated with historic industrial waste. Gareth Simkins looks into why it is taking so long to tackle


Focus on: air pollution

Nearly 18 million NHS patients in England are registered at GP practices in locations exceeding the WHO’s annual air pollution limit for PM2.5, according to an analysis. Which areas fare the worst?

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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


The debrief: How Nestlé halved its emissions and slashed its water use

Food and drink giant Nestlé has cut water use by 60% and halved its greenhouse gas emissions over the past 10 years. Paul Hatchwell looks at its award-winning approach and lessons learned

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a farming scheme is delivering public goods for the environment

Existing agri-environmental practices are seen as inflexible and not always successful. A now-extended pilot project pays farmers according to results. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

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