Environmental Law

‘Tragic’ river pollution incident costs firm £40,000

‘Tragic’ river pollution incident costs firm £40,000

A livestock feed producer has agreed a £40,000 payout after a leak of 200 cubic metres of digestate from its plant killed nearly 20,000 fish in a special area of conservation

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

New environment secretary Theresa Villiers has been hailed as one of the 'heroes of Brexit'. But are her eurosceptic credentials compatible with her pledge to protect and restore the natural environment? Simon Pickstone investigates

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories this week: Boris Johnson says green standards could 'diverge' from EU after Brexit; HS2 review to consider project's environmental benefits; Mustard gas discovery prompts EA prosecution

Regulation

How Natural England is seeking to reduce its reliance on grant funding

How Natural England is seeking to reduce its reliance on grant funding

Natural England, hoping for a funding boost in the upcoming spending review, is seeking to diversify its sources of income to reduce its reliance on government grants

Air

Nitrogen oxides or nitrous oxide? The errors in DEFRA's emissions database revealed

Nitrogen oxides or nitrous oxide? The errors in DEFRA's emissions database revealed

Transcription errors and missing decimal points mean that some entries in DEFRA's key database of industrial pollutant releases are inaccurate, an ENDS investigation has found. Gareth Simkins reports

Chemicals

How councils are trying to slash glyphosate use

How councils are trying to slash glyphosate use

A Merseyside council received heavy criticism after it announced it had sprayed a beach with weedkiller glyphosate, but like other authorities it is seeking to phase out the use of the herbicide

Water

Interview: Feargal Sharkey blames the Environment Agency for England’s dying chalk streams

Interview: Feargal Sharkey blames the Environment Agency for England’s dying chalk streams

Former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey is fighting to save England’s globally rare chalk streams from environmental collapse and is challenging the Environment Agency to take action

Latest news

Brexit Hub Water

'Open sewers': Fast-track Environment Bill to tackle river pollution, ministers told

With EU exit day approaching, the government must urgently introduce measures to clean up the UK’s polluted rivers, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature

Waste

Council objects to EfW plant over ‘acid rain’ concerns

A Midlands council has strongly objected to plans for an energy from waste plant in a neighbouring borough over its concerns that “acid rain” from the facility could damage a nearby site of special scientific interest

Land, Ecology & Development

Farmer who created 'prairie' investigated over suspected EIA breach

A farmer who was accused of “industrial-scale environmental destruction” after clearing six miles of stone wall to create a ‘prairie’ is under investigation for a suspected breach of environmental impact assessment regulations

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Climate change

Coastal flooding: will the residents of Fairbourne become Britain's first climate refugees?

Coastal flooding: will the residents of Fairbourne become Britain's first climate refugees?

The villagers of Fairbourne, North Wales, have been dubbed Britain’s first “climate refugees”. As sea levels rise they won’t be the last, but are authorities prepared?

Regulation

The cost of compliance: are businesses getting more for their money?

An increase in charges has pulled in an additional £5m in annual fee income for the Environment Agency, but the regulator’s performance on determination times has in some cases got worse

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson, eco-warrior

He's queried climate science, denounced 'mumbo-jumbo' 'eco-moralists', but now champions green causes. Are you backing Boris Johnson?

Regulation

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

What are the most common reasons for permit non-compliance and how can they be avoided? Adam Branson investigates

Biodiversity / conservation

Nitrates crisis: ‘The planning system is effectively at a standstill’

Legal advice from Natural England has brought Hampshire housebuilding to a halt. But why exactly have the area’s authorities felt the need to effectively bring in a moratorium on new development? And what are the chances of the situation being resolved any time soon? Adam Branson investigates

Case studies

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How a developer-funded warden system is saving seabirds in the Solent

The debrief: How a developer-funded warden system is saving seabirds in the Solent

Developers, who are contributing to extra pressure on coastal birds with the houses they build, are funding the cost of mitigating the impacts

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a mitigation project overcame opposition to a pylon scheme

Local people were closely involved in the design of landscape mitigation measures to offset the visual impact of a major pylon scheme in Scotland

Air

The debrief: The children’s hospital spearheading a pioneering clean air plan

Great Ormond Street Hospital is trying to improve air quality in and around its premises and educate the public coming through its doors at the same time

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?

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