Though the government deserves credit for its recent pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions, delivering on them has been ‘marred by uncertainty and delay’, risking the Sixth Carbon Budget being missed by a 'huge margin', the Climate Change Committee has warned... Read more
After a decade of cuts, Natural England has been given a boost to its budget. How will it spend the new money and is it enough to bend the curve on the UK’s catastrophic nature decline? Danny Halpin reports
The planning approval given to a Hampshire reservoir reveals the tough decisions that will need to be made in the face of projected water shortages. Does the protection of chalk streams justify the destruction of ancient woodland? Catherine Early reports
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Environment Bill entered its second day of debate in the House of Lords yesterday, with the detail of the government’s amendment to introduce a species abundance target described as 'very disappointing'
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee has proposed a change to the Wildlife and Countryside Act schedules which would see only ‘critically endangered’ species given protection, with those that are ‘vulnerable and near threatened’ losing out
The Environment Agency will shortly 'name and shame' the water companies that are performing 'extremely badly' on the environment, the regulator’s chief executive has said.
‘Utter dismay’: Water company says it will pay compensation after sewage spill closes 11 Kent beaches
Utility Southern Water has committed to cover the costs incurred by a Kent council and pay compensation to local businesses following a sewage pollution incident that prompted the week-long closure of 11 beaches in the area
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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
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
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
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
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
One hundred sites discharged untreated sewage for more than 480,000 hours last year, this month's map of Environment Agency data shows
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
‘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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