Agriculture & forestry

Plans for business due diligence requirements on illegal deforestation published

Amazon: the world's biggest rainforest is under threat from wildfires and rampant deforestation (Picture by JOHANNES MYBURGH/AFP via Getty Images)

Plans to clamp down on UK supply chain links to illegal deforestation, including due diligence requirements for businesses, have been published in a government consultation

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Water pollution

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the great British sewage scandal

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What the environment minister thinks about illegal river pollution, the Environment Agency's culpability and leaving water companies nowhere to hide

Environmental Politics

ENDS launches new ECO CHAMBER podcast

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Click through to listen to the inaugural episode of the ECO CHAMBER podcast, in which the ENDS team discusses the Environment Act 2021, sewage pollution, habitats rules, climate forcing chemicals and how nutrient pollution is driving developers up the wall...

Environmental Law

The Environment Act 2021: 45 things you need to know

The Environment Act 2021 has just become law. Photograph: Thorsten Nilson/Getty Images

After a long and tortuous journey through parliament, the government’s ‘world-leading’ Environment Bill has finally passed into law. The ENDS team has scoured the resulting legislation to bring you everything you need to know about the raft of changes that the new act will bring about

Waste

How lethal levels of toxic gas prevented EA inspectors from accessing a notorious landfill

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Experts say high levels of hydrogen sulphide present at the notorious Walleys Quarry landfill over the spring made it impossible for Environment Agency officers to inspect vast areas of the site. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

Why record emissions trading penalties will never be paid

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Defunct airline Monarch was hit with a massive £48.1m penalty for defaulting on its emissions trading obligations. But it escaped without paying a penny – and two other airlines in administration will pay little, if anything. Gareth Simkins reports

Plastics

Why is DEFRA dragging its feet on plastics policies?

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Voluntary agreements to reduce the amount of plastics in packaging have made some inroads but key government policies that would turbo charge action are long overdue. Industry is craving clarity, finds David Burrows

Land, Ecology & Development

How Natural England’s ‘water neutrality’ advice is blocking development

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Guidance advising councils to ensure new developments are 'water neutral' for the conservation of nearby protected sites has forced councils to pause planning permission and put developers in a spin. Is this the beginning of a 'new moratorium on housebuilding'? Tess Colley reports

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Data & insight


Water pollution

MAPPED: The popular bathing spot on the frontline of England's sewage problem

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Data shows a stretch of river in West Yorkshire is the most polluted bathing area in the country, regularly awash with very high levels of harmful bacteria

Global negotiations

The ENDS Briefing: COP26

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With just days to go to the crunch climate talks in Glasgow, read our guide to the key items on the agenda and what to expect if you are going

Land, Ecology & Development

The ENDS briefing: biodiversity net gain

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The Environment Bill’s flagship biodiversity net gain measure is intended to deliver more development - and more nature. Here’s everything you need to know about the duties the bill will place on developers and decision-makers, the market the mechanism will create and practical lessons from where net gain has already been implemented

Odour

MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire

Interviews


Natural capital

Interview: Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta on why we need to place a value on nature

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GDP is no longer a fit-for-purpose measure of a nation's economic health and if the world continues to destroy nature at its current rate Covid-19 could be just the "tip of the iceberg", the author of the The Economics of Biodiversity review tells ENDS

Global negotiations

Interview: What’s next in the global fight against chemicals and waste pollution

Dr Rolph Payet on a group approach to banning chemicals: “I think there will be cases where you can tackle a group of chemicals in one go.” Photo: BRS MEAS

Dr Rolph Payet, executive secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, speaks to ENDS about the impact of the covid crisis on international cooperation, the threat of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, and the prospect of a new treaty on plastic waste

Environmental Law

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

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As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows

Case studies


Heat

The debrief: How a renewable energy scheme is seeking to use water from a disused coal mine to deliver low-carbon heat

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A local authority on Tyneside is seeking to provide renewable heat for buildings, including a leisure centre and a block of flats, using mine water from an abandoned colliery

Flooding

The debrief: How a flood defence project plans to protect an industrial hub and deliver environmental gain

A flood defence project, covering a 17-kilometre stretch of coastline in the south-west, is seeking to protect an 'internationally significant' economic area from rising sea levels and deliver environmental gain

Hydrogen

The debrief: How a university campus is paving the way for a 100% hydrogen gas network

A pilot project blending hydrogen with natural gas for domestic use has helped to demonstrate how the government’s ambitions to create a “low carbon hydrogen” future can be delivered

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Environmental Law

Why a 'green restart' transport plan may face further tests

Ned Westaway, barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Ned Westaway: A London council’s emergency transport plan, introduced to bring about a greener recovery for its streets after covid, can be put in place without an assessment of its wider air quality impacts, the High Court has ruled, but making it permanent is likely to require more scrutiny

Environmental Law

What the Walleys Quarry ruling tells us about the growing role of science in environmental law

A ruling that set a landfill gas emissions limit for the Environment Agency to enforce to protect the health of a vulnerable child shows the approach courts are taking in the face of scientific uncertainty, particularly where there is a lack of consensus on safe chemical limits

Environmental Law

How a failure to disclose breaches took the shine off a waste company deal

Angus Evers: A recent High Court ruling shows the impact that poor environmental compliance can have on a company’s value and the importance of full and frank disclosure in business dealings

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Click through to view a live table containing details of tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties issued by regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for breaches of environmental regulations... Read more

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