Environmental Politics

Natural England at risk of failing core duties, says Juniper

Natural England at risk of failing core duties, says Juniper

Natural England’s funding has been cut so savagely that it is operating 'with some serious risk to our core, statutory functions', its chair Tony Juniper has said

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Water pollution

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

Green group’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when DEFRA published its overdue river health classifications revealing that not one water body in England could be deemed as being in good condition. Here’s what you need to know

Protected areas

National Parks: ‘Barren landscapes’ or ‘beacons of hope’?

National Parks: ‘Barren landscapes’ or ‘beacons of hope’?

National Parks have come under fire because wildlife is not thriving despite the protections afforded to the landscapes. But with huge areas to manage and budgets smaller than some primary schools they face significant challenges. James Fair reports

Environmental Politics

Critical biodiversity stocktake: 16 things you need to know about the collective failure of governments

Critical biodiversity stocktake: 16 things you need to know about the collective failure of governments

A major United Nations nature report highlights how global failure to achieve international biodiversity targets set 10 years ago is contributing to species extinctions which are accelerating at an unprecedented rate

Fines Monitor Civil sanctions

REVEALED: The secret list of 450 enforcement undertakings

REVEALED: The secret list of 450 enforcement undertakings

The use of enforcement undertakings as a tool to deal with environmental offences has grown in recent years, with payouts now totalling nearly £18m. But details of most agreements are difficult to find, with information only briefly made public and hundreds now removed from view. Click through for the full list, compiled by ENDS

Environmental Law

Why judicial review reform could be a ‘disaster for the environment’

Why judicial review reform could be a ‘disaster for the environment’

Environmental NGOs and campaigners are worried that the government’s planned reform of the judicial review process is unwarranted and could diminish access to environmental justice, reports Conor McGlone

Brexit Hub Biodiversity / conservation

Environment Bill: Why setting legally binding nature targets is not going to be easy

Environment Bill: Why setting legally binding nature targets is not going to be easy

DEFRA is consulting on a range of long-term targets for improving habitats, species, soil health and woodland cover, but in some cases baselines are yet to be identified, making goal setting tricky. James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Air

‘Grasping at the stars’: Will DEFRA commit to stringent air quality targets?

‘Grasping at the stars’: Will DEFRA commit to stringent air quality targets?

The government has signalled how it might set long term air quality targets as required under the Environment Bill but given its record on tackling air pollution, some doubt the final goals will be ambitious enough. David Burrows reports

EIA Benchmarking Monitor Land, Ecology & Development

Is the government’s EIA reform plan based on a ‘badly-evidenced hatchet job’?

Is the government’s EIA reform plan based on a ‘badly-evidenced hatchet job’?

The government’s rhetoric on overhauling the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regime has alarmed professionals, although most agree it could be improved. Catherine Early reports

Water quality

Water Framework Directive: Is there a case for ‘thoughtful reform’?

Water Framework Directive: Is there a case for ‘thoughtful reform’?

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan’s recent comments taking aim at the Water Framework Directive’s cornerstone ‘one out, all out’ rule have sparked a fierce row. Bevan says he has no intention of weakening green protections, but campaigners are alarmed. Adam Branson investigates

Natural capital

Nature by numbers: How consultants and councils are gearing up for net gain

Nature by numbers: How consultants and councils are gearing up for net gain

The government’s flagship biodiversity net gain policy is taking shape, with MPs due to resume their scrutiny of the legislation that will bring the measure into effect in September. How prepared are environmental consultancies and councils for net gain’s arrival?

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: 18 legally binding green targets being considered by DEFRA

Environment Bill: 18 legally binding green targets being considered by DEFRA

The Environment Bill in its current form requires government to set at least one target in four priority areas: air quality, biodiversity, water, and resource efficiency and waste reduction. Here are the 18 targets DEFRA is considering as set out in its policy paper published yesterday

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Waste electronics & electrical

Pow suggests DEFRA could scrap ‘green list’ waste exports

Environment minister Rebecca Pow has hinted that the government is open to abolishing the ‘green list’ of countries to which waste exports do not need prior notification

Waste

Inspectorate rejects developer attempts to exclude air pollution from landfill plans

The developer behind a huge proposed landfill extension and hazardous waste facility in Northamptonshire has been told by the Planning Inspectorate that the scheme’s future environmental statement cannot scope out the effects of particulate matter pollution

Sustainability

Arup commits to net zero emissions by 2030

Engineering firms Arup and Spirax-Sarco Engineering have revealed new net-zero carbon targets, with Arup targeting net-zero emissions by 2030 and Spirax-Sarco aiming for 2040

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Editor's pick

Air

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Environmental Law

How ecocide could be made an international crime

What would need to happen for the widescale, long-term and severe destruction of the environment to be made an international crime?

Biodiversity / conservation

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

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 tree mapping project is making the case for greening Manchester

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

Green buildings

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

An expanded district heat scheme deriving warmth from an unlikely source is helping more than a thousand homes cut their energy bills in north London

Plastics

The debrief: How a waste company is closing the loop for plastic bottles

Biffa combined its in-house knowledge with expertise from across Europe to build the UK’s first recycling plant turning PET back into food-grade PET

Waste water & sewage

The debrief: How a simple change helped a luxury carmaker slash its water use

Having switched to renewable electricity and gas, Bentley Motors has turned its attention to reducing water use at its Crewe factory. A first-of-its-kind project is projected to save hundreds of thousands of litres a year

Water

The debrief: How a new pipeline helped a water company avoid a costly Ofwat fine

A pipeline designed to increase the resilience of Bristol Water’s supply had to overcome a series of challenges, from protected species to school buses

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