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Chris Packham launches legal action against Natural England's bird cull practice

Chris Packham launches legal action against Natural England's bird cull practice

Natural England’s practice of issuing ‘general licences’ to allow the killing of a wide variety...

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What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

Debate is raging over whether the UK should request extending its EU membership after the 29 March deadline. Simon Pickstone asks how it would impact the waste and chemicals sectors

Environmental Law

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators

Packham and co have set up Wild Justice to keep DEFRA, Natural England and the rest of the UK nature regulators’ feet to fire. James Fair reports

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How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

Brexit is opening up the doors to the prospect of divergence in environmental standards across the UK, finds Conor McGlone, setting the scene set for an increase in ‘waste tourism’

Land, Ecology & Development

Was Grayling right to approve a major port terminal on 'unique brownfield habitat'?

Was Grayling right to approve a major port terminal on 'unique brownfield habitat'?

A developer has been given the green light to build a port terminal on 'one of the UK’s best brownfields for invertebrates', drawing criticism from green groups. Adam Branson reports

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Spring statement: six things you need to know; India bans plastic waste imports; UK set to miss biodiversity goals; Go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan and more

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Adaptation

Lack of women in infrastructure is ‘insidious’ threat, says Environment Agency chair

Emma Howard Boyd has said that the lack of trained women engineers is impeding society’s ability to adapt to climate change

Water

Environment Agency to delay river basin plan consultations

The Environment Agency (EA) has decided to delay two consultations into reviewing and updating England’s river basin management plans (RBMP) but says the new plans will still be in place by December 2021

Gas

Drax’s 299 MW gas turbine power station approved

The £90m Milbrook Power station in Bedfordshire has been rubber stamped by the energy secretary

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Spring statement: six things you need to know

Spring statement: six things you need to know

Here's what you need to know about the new green measures set out in chancellor Philip Hammond's spring statement

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Brexit war games: It’s 30 March and the UK has crashed out of the EU – what happens next?

On 29 March, the UK could exit the EU on World Trade Organisation terms. What would that mean for environmental policy?

Environmental Law

Making crime pay: are enforcement undertakings leading to better outcomes?

Enforcement undertakings have raised more than £11m for good causes since 2011, exclusive ENDS analysis reveals, but are they leading to better outcomes for business and nature?

Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders thinks about net gain, nature and knotweed

Redrow sustainability chief Nicola Johansen gives ENDS a housebuilder’s take on how DEFRA’s plans for biodiversity net gain will work in practice

Energy

Policy Briefing: Streamlined energy and carbon reporting

More companies will have to report their energy use and carbon emissions when new rules designed to simplify the reporting process enter into force on 1 April

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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

Energy

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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