Environmental Law

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England shifts focus to deliver 25-Year Environment Plan

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England shifts focus to deliver 25-Year Environment Plan

Natural England intends to reorganise the way it works into four key priority areas in a bid to improve its capacity to deliver the ambitions set out in the 25-Year Environment Plan and its... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations

Environmental Politics

Are Dominic Raab’s green ambitions ‘all just stuffing’?

Are Dominic Raab’s green ambitions ‘all just stuffing’?

The former Brexit secretary has recently revealed green ambitions, but does he mean it or is the hardline Brexiter trying to greenwash his image to coincide with his leadership bid? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Land, Ecology & Development

Does the scrapping of the M4 relief road on green grounds spell trouble for future projects?

Does the scrapping of the M4 relief road on green grounds spell trouble for future projects?

The Welsh government has junked a planned motorway against the planning inspector’s advice because of its impacts on wildlife. James Fair asks whether the decision will have repercussions for similar schemes in the UK

Environmental Law

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

A water firm had its permission to use an outfall pipe quashed after a court determined that it did not properly consider the potential environmental impacts of its discharge on a protected river. Adam Branson reports

Environmental Politics

Is Gove a good green or a ‘pure political calculator’?

Is Gove a good green or a ‘pure political calculator’?

If Michael Gove left DEFRA for Downing Street would he remain a strong advocate for the environment? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Will the Tory leadership race derail the government’s ‘green Brexit’ plans?

Will the Tory leadership race derail the government’s ‘green Brexit’ plans?

With the Conservative Party leadership contest expected to last until July, key parts of the government’s environmental agenda have been put on ice. Simon Pickstone asks what the delay could mean for green policy

Environmental Politics

Just how green is Boris Johnson?

Just how green is Boris Johnson?

With Theresa May announcing her resignation, Boris Johnson is the bookies’ favourite to become the next prime minister. ENDS takes a look at his track record on environmental issues

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Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Conservative leadership race: Gove vows to make ‘climate emergency’ top priority

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged to focus on tackling climate change if he is elected leader of the Conservative Party

Land, Ecology & Development

Housing developments halted over nitrate pollution concerns

Five councils have suspended granting planning permission near legally protected areas after Natural England said consents should not be granted unless developments are nitrate neutral.

Noise

Ineos’ Grangemouth refinery hit by odour and noise complaints

Two incidents at Ineos’ facilities in Grangemouth led to 66 complaints about noise and odour over the weekend

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Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Tony Juniper talks to ENDS about nature recovery, net gain, budget cuts and rewilding in his first press interview since becoming chair of Natural England

Into the jaws of death: can England prevent a looming water crisis?

In 20 to 25 years, England could face the ‘jaws of death’ – the point at which it will not have enough water to supply its needs. What’s being done to avoid it?

Climate change

Climate emergency! How frustrated councils are taking matters into their own hands

Inspired by grass-root campaigns, town halls across the UK have declared there’s a climate emergency. But what are they doing about it and how will it affect environmental professionals?

Regulation

The firms that took on the EA and won

How did the handful of businesses that have overturned Environment Agency permitting decisions manage to succeed at appeal?

Biodiversity / conservation

Interview: What Chris Packham thinks about bird killing, net gain and Michael Gove

The Springwatch presenter is fronting an initiative which aims to ensure environmental regulators are upholding the law. Who is in its crosshairs?

Case studies

Water

The debrief: How a water firm agreed a deal to remove individual protected species licence requirements

Natural England’s approach to streamlining its regulatory process could help Southern Water achieve its five-year plan for environmental improvements

Recycling

The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

Stroud District Council almost doubled its recycling rate in two years. Could its strategy be replicated elsewhere and used to reverse a nationwide stagnation?

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How a district licensing scheme is raising funds from developers to protect newts

One Midlands scheme aims to show that with the right strategy and people in place, district licensing can throw off the ‘licence to trash’ label

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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