Energy

‘Game-changing’: Drax to become world’s largest carbon capture plant

‘Game-changing’: Drax to become world’s largest carbon capture plant

Drax Group has signed a deal for its giant power station in North Yorkshire to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030

Latest Analysis

Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates

Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports

Biodiversity / conservation

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Natural England is to lead a new task force aimed at bringing back lost and dwindling species, but many questions remain unanswered. Wil Crisp reports

Environmental Law

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

It’s been more than two decades since Erin Brockovich proved PG&E was poisoning a Californian town and she’s been holding polluters across the world to account ever since

Waste

Hidden in the shadows: Modern slavery in the waste sector

Hidden in the shadows: Modern slavery in the waste sector

The victims of what is reported to be the largest modern slavery ring ever to be uncovered in the UK talk to ENDS about how they ended up working in a recycling plant, and how they eventually escaped their captors

Waste

Toxic time bombs: The historic landfills at risk of flooding

Toxic time bombs: The historic landfills at risk of flooding

Hundreds of historic landfills are located in areas susceptible to flooding, an analysis by ENDS has found. The finding adds to growing concerns that old tips could become major sources of pollution as a result of climate change if no action is taken to protect them

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure

Waste

How some major waste firms are achieving high compliance scores

How some major waste firms are achieving high compliance scores

All of one major waste firm’s sites were in the highest A and B compliance bands in 2019, according to official data, with several other companies close behind. We talk to them about their approach to compliance

Policy

Environment Bill briefing

Environment Bill briefing

Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know

Hazardous waste

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

Carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste have been found on land treated with a new fertiliser, which was spread on at least two farms in the north west, where livestock have fallen sick and died. How does a disaster like this happen? asks Rachel Salvidge

Environmental Law

Does the law follow the science when it comes to the climate?

Does the law follow the science when it comes to the climate?

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has been given a key COP26 role intended to underline the importance of efforts to tackle the climate crisis being guided by science. But when it comes to the law, the relationship with science is a complex one, finds Jamie Carpenter

Legislation

Will the Planning Bill bulldoze the Environment Bill?

Will the Planning Bill bulldoze the Environment Bill?

There are fears that protections in the Environment Bill could be undermined by clauses in the new Planning Bill introduced in the Queen’s Speech. Isabella Kaminski reports

Environmental Law

The key deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future

The key deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future

Risk review - second quarter, 2021: The most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months and the key compliance deadlines and policy changes to anticipate in the near future

Latest news

Water pollution

'Unprecedented disaster': Council calls on DEFRA to intervene over river Wye nutrients crisis

A letter sent to the environment secretary by the leader of Herefordshire Council is calling for the acknowledgement of the 'unprecedented disaster' caused by nutrients in the river Wye

Waste

One in five waste firms commit waste crime, EA survey suggests

Just less than one in five organisations in the waste industry sector commit some form of waste crime, a survey carried out by the Environment Agency suggests

Energy

UK ETS cost capping could be invoked this summer

The cost of UK Emissions Trading System (ETS) futures is so high that the government could invoke measures to lower it this August

Biodiversity / conservation

Natural England collaboration set to make AONBs and National Parks ‘richer in nature’

Natural England, the National Parks and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have signed a joint agreement to work together more closely to make England 'richer in nature and accessible to all'

Environmental Politics

Tackle nature and climate crises in concert, say global experts

An unprecedented collaboration between ecologists and climate scientists has pleaded for the world’s governments to address biodiversity loss and global warming in concert

Biodiversity / conservation

Raccoon dog on list of invasive species likely to reach the UK

The raccoon dog and the raccoon have been identified as invasive species likely to reach the UK, posing a risk to native wildlife and biodiversity, according to a study funded by DEFRA

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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 £1.4m 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

Industrial emissions

Infographic: Focus on the UK's biggest polluters

Infographic: Focus on the UK's biggest polluters

Pollutant releases to air in the UK in 2019 were up slightly compared with the previous year, but have almost halved over the past decade, according to data contained in DEFRA’s UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Water

Infographic: Focus on sewage spills in England

Infographic: Focus on sewage spills in England

One hundred sites discharged untreated sewage for more than 480,000 hours last year, this month's map of Environment Agency data shows

Regulation

Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

It could take the Scottish Environment Protection Agency two years to fully recover from a cyber-attack that locked it out of most of its data and systems, according to the regulator. While a backlog of permit applications is building up, SEPA's boss says key activities are still being carried out

Case studies

Water

The debrief: How an innovative sewage treatment project could help clean up rivers

The debrief: How an innovative sewage treatment project could help clean up rivers

With water companies coming under increasing pressure to clean up their act in relation to river pollution, a project in Gloucestershire could offer a natural approach that delivers wider environmental benefits than traditional solutions

Flooding

The debrief: How an innovative beach restoration scheme is helping to protect homes and industry from flooding

Concrete and rock have long been the go-to materials for coastal defences, but an innovative scheme on the Norfolk coast looked instead to restoring and reprofiling a beach to help protect homes and industry from North Sea storm

Agriculture & forestry

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

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

Interviews

Biodiversity / conservation

Interview: What guerilla rewilder Derek Gow thinks about beavers, civil servants and the demonisation of wolves

Interview: What guerilla rewilder Derek Gow thinks about beavers, civil servants and the demonisation of wolves

Guerilla rewilder Derek Gow has repeatedly argued for the benefits to biodiversity for having beavers in the landscape. He’d like to see other predators brought back too, but can he overcome resistance from those he sees as obstacles to progress?

Regulation

Interview: OEP chair Dame Glenys Stacey on independence, funding and enforcement

Interview: OEP chair Dame Glenys Stacey on independence, funding and enforcement

Dame Glenys Stacey has big ambitions for her crucial role as head of the watchdog set up to hold the government to its environmental commitments after Brexit. But what approach will she take to enforcement, and will she be given the independence and funding she needs to succeed?

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

Interview: What Jolyon Maugham QC thinks about taking on polluters and holding the government to account

Interview: What Jolyon Maugham QC thinks about taking on polluters and holding the government to account

‘Rich remoaner lawyer’ Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of the Good Law Project and bête noire to the government, talks to ENDS about using litigation to influence politics, suing water firms for sewage pollution and being savaged on Twitter

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