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Thousands of raw sewage spills ‘unreported or miscategorised’

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The water sector regularly fails to report raw sewage spills and plays down the severity of those it does own up to, according to data from campaigners and testimonies from Environment Agency whistleblowers... Read more

Latest Analysis

ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Killer whale apocalypse, sheep-scraped hellscapes and England's ignored pollution

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Listen as the ENDS Report team examines the forever chemical that's decimating orca populations and other wildlife, reveals the masses of pollution incidents that are set to be ignored by the Environment Agency, and looks at whether new life can be breathed into the nation's sheep-scraped wastelands

The policy changes and compliance deadlines that need to be on your radar in 2022

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Risk review – first quarter, 2022: The policy changes that need to be on your radar and the compliance deadlines to prepare for in the first three months of 2022 and beyond. PLUS the most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months


Is the government greenwashing?

Environment secretary George Eustice

It’s the fourth anniversary of the publication of the 25-Year Environment Plan, but improvements are hard to spot, despite the government’s own appraisal painting a rosier picture than most are familiar with on the ground. Is it a good likeness? asks David Burrows

Land, Ecology & Development

Rewilding: The beasts that could come back

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A litany of wild animals have been rendered extinct in the UK by human hands. Gareth Simkins takes a look at the species that are being reintroduced and future candidates


What to expect from DEFRA's imminent consultation on air quality goals

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Under pressure to introduce WHO-aligned air quality standards in UK legislation, DEFRA’s imminent consultation – due in early 2022 – will reveal the true level of the government’s ambition on tackling fine particulate matter pollution. Isabella Kaminski reports


Can ‘critical’ carbon capture projects really work?

Kemper coal gasification and CCS project

Carbon capture and storage infrastructure has a patchy record internationally and two previous government funding rounds collapsed. Gareth Simkins examines the industry’s renewed prospects

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

Environment Act 2021

Visit our Big Issue page to get the latest news and analysis on the government's flagship piece of green legislation

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Data & insight

Water pollution

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

Ilkley bathing spot

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


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


Water pollution

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the great British sewage scandal

Rebecca Pow

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

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

Case studies


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


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


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

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Landscape may outweigh climate in wind farm decisions, finds Scottish court

Laura Tainsh

The considerable discretion afforded to those determining consent applications for onshore wind farms has been confirmed in a case brought before the Outer House of the Court of Session

Environmental Law

Is a battery storage facility legally a power station?

Northern Ireland’s High Court has backed a judicial review claim that the planning regime should not treat battery storage facilities in the same way as electricity generating stations

Environmental Law

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

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

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Environmental Advisor - Trade Association

Why work for one company when you can influence your entire sector for the better? This additional and newly created role is a great opportunity for an Environmental Advisor looking for their next career move to develop their experience and skills further in our leading UK Trade Association.

Environment, Health Safety & Regulatory Affairs Manager

This additional and newly created role is a great opportunity for an Environment & Safety practitioner looking for their next career move to develop their experience and skills further in our leading UK Trade Association.

Senior Bat Ecologist

We are an Ecological and Landscape consultancy and our work is our passion. We are looking for an experienced bat ecologist to join our values-led, friendly team in South Dartmoor.

Chief Executive

Urban Green Newcastle is an independent charity responsible for the management and restoration of 33 parks and over 60 allotment sites across Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Fines Monitor: live table

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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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ENDS Waste & Bioenergy

Tracking the waste-to-energy and biomass energy industries

ENDS Compliance Manager

Track legislation and demonstrate compliance in support of EHS management requirements