Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: Government has ‘underestimated the strength of feeling’ on river sewage pollution, ...

Environment Bill: Government has ‘underestimated the strength of feeling’ on river sewage pollution,

The government faced a backlash from MPs yesterday following its rejection of an Environment Bill amendment which would have placed duties on water companies to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to stop untreated sewage being discharged into waterways... Read more

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Environmental Law

‘Dirty secrets’: What are the first complaints to the OEP about?

‘Dirty secrets’: What are the first complaints to the OEP about?

EXCLUSIVE: ENDS has uncovered details of the first complaints made to the post-Brexit green watchdog. Who has made the complaints and why? And what do they tell us about what to expect from the Office for Environmental Protection when it is formally established? Tess Colley finds out

Environmental Law

The policy changes to expect and compliance deadlines to prepare for this autumn

The policy changes to expect and compliance deadlines to prepare for this autumn

Risk review - fourth quarter, 2021: The latest in ENDS’ new series of risk reviews includes details of the most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months and the key compliance deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future

Climate change

The COP26 survival guide: 8 tips for getting the most out of the summit

The COP26 survival guide: 8 tips for getting the most out of the summit

Attending COP26 and wondering what footwear to pack? Want to know where to find the best chocolate and where to get the inside track on what's on the day's agenda? ENDS spoke to attendees of previous climate talks to find out

Air

The burning question: How can we meet the WHO’s guidelines on particulate matter?

The burning question: How can we meet the WHO’s guidelines on particulate matter?

The government is resisting peers’ attempts to amend the Environment Bill to set air quality targets in line with World Health Organization guidelines. But why, and what policy options would ministers have to consider in order to meet the body’s recommendations?. Gareth Simkins investigates

Plastics

Can plastics that degrade in nature solve a global crisis?

Can plastics that degrade in nature solve a global crisis?

Proponents of so-called oxodegradable and oxobiodegradable plastics say that the technology is a silver bullet solution to the plastics crisis. But others warn that the products could have unintended environmental consequences. David Burrows investigates

Access to justice

Pillar of virtue or pariah state? Why the UK still has work to do on promoting environmental rights

Pillar of virtue or pariah state? Why the UK still has work to do on promoting environmental rights

This time when the parties to the Aarhus Convention meet in October, 20 years on from its introduction, the UK’s ongoing non-compliance with its access to justice obligations will be met with demands for a roadmap to bring it into line. Does the UK have the willingness to take action?

Natural capital

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

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

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

Land, Ecology & Development

The ENDS briefing: biodiversity net gain

The ENDS briefing: biodiversity net gain

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

Environmental Law

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

Regulation

Where have all the whistleblowers gone?

Where have all the whistleblowers gone?

Environmental crime is rife yet the number of tip-offs to the Environment Agency is vanishingly small compared with other regulators. Does the agency fail to encourage whistleblowing or are people too afraid and distrustful to come forward? David Burrows reports

Latest news

Environmental Law

England’s worst-run sites fall to record low

The Environment Agency recorded only 23 operations as rated F for compliance last year, half of the figure for 2019, though the improvement is not what it seems

Access to justice

UK ordered to produce environmental rights plan to comply with Aarhus Convention

The UK has been chastised for ‘longstanding’ non-compliance with the international Aarhus Convention by failing to give citizens fair and equitable access to environmental justice

Regulation

EA says compliance improved during 2020, despite fewer inspections

The Environment Agency has claimed that 2020 was a good year for environmental compliance, despite Covid-19 forcing its officers to attend fewer reported incidents in person

Water resources, efficiency

‘Jaws of death’: EA chief sounds alarm on ‘existential’ water shortage threat

Much of the UK will face significant water deficits by 2050 unless radical action is taken, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has said in a speech

Compliance Deadlines

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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

Water quality

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

Fines Monitor Civil sanctions

UPDATED: The ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database

UPDATED: Details of dozens of new enforcement undertakings with a value of £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

Odour

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

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

Enforcement

Infographic: Focus on enforcement undertakings

Infographic: Focus on enforcement undertakings

More than £20m has been paid out to good causes since enforcement undertakings were introduced as a tool to tackle environmental offences in England more than 10 years ago, an analysis of Environment Agency data reveals.

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

Case studies

Hydrogen

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

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

Land, Ecology & Development

Cleve Hill Solar Park: The major infrastructure project that aims to deliver 65% net gain

Building the UK's largest ever solar park on an arable field was always going to raise environmental concerns, but with advice from nature groups, biodiversity experts and regulators this 350-megawatt project will also restore habitat to this former marshland and power up to 90,000 homes

Land, Ecology & Development

Inside the Warwickshire estate where net gain credits are already being spent

How one 'traditional country estate' is receiving an income by enhancing floral diversity on part of the land and selling the biodiversity net gain to housebuilders

Land, Ecology & Development

Kingsbrook, Aylesbury Vale: The net gain trailblazer bidding to set a new standard for nature-friendly housing development

Tasked by the local authority with protecting wildlife and the environment associated with the building of 2,450 homes, one developer worked with partners to enhance biodiversity within the estate's boundary

Agriculture & forestry

The debrief: How a Norfolk estate is forging a new path combining agriculture, tourism and environmental gains

With uncertainty around post-Brexit subsidies, and the rising environmental agenda, agriculture in the UK is in a period of flux. However, new business models, such as one at the Wild Ken Hill project in north Norfolk, are emerging

Interviews

Global negotiations

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

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

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

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

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

Chemical risks and hazards

Interview: Professor Shanna Swan on why man-made chemicals threaten the future of the human race

Interview: Professor Shanna Swan on why man-made chemicals threaten the future of the human race

Professor Shanna Swan made international headlines by linking chemicals in plastics and pesticides to tumbling fertility rates, arguing that everyday chemicals are imperiling the future of the human race. She talks to ENDS about her incredible journey of discovery and why she’s worried about what paracetamol might be doing to unborn babies

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

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