Legislation

‘Deeply troubling’: Environment Bill delayed again

‘Deeply troubling’: Environment Bill delayed again

The repeatedly delayed Environment Bill is to be bumped by at least six months into the next parliamentary session, ministers have confirmed, prompting green groups to question the validity of the government’s commitment to its much vaunted green agenda... Read more

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Contaminated land

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

EXCLUSIVE: Locations of hundreds of buried toxic landfills revealed

The sites of hundreds of old buried landfills containing hazardous waste have been uncovered in an investigation by the ENDS Report, which also reveals the locations of hundreds more dumps whose contents remain unknown even to the Environment Agency

Hazardous waste

MAPPED: England and Wales’ toxic legacy landfills

MAPPED: England and Wales’ toxic legacy landfills

An ENDS investigation has located hundreds of buried landfills containing hazardous waste across England and Wales. Search ENDS' map to see if there's one close to you

Environmental Politics

After the transition: 7 things that have changed overnight

After the transition: 7 things that have changed overnight

As of midnight on 31 December, the Brexit transition period officially ended with a number of changes to environmental policy coming into effect. Here’s what you need to know

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Does the Brexit deal endanger environmental protections?

Does the Brexit deal endanger environmental protections?

The deal states that the UK or the EU ‘shall not weaken or reduce’ protections but demonstrating breaches of the clause would mean one party having to prove that changes would affect trade or investment. David Burrows reports

Chemicals

UK REACH: How to comply with the UK’s new chemicals regime

UK REACH: How to comply with the UK’s new chemicals regime

The UK's replacement for the EU's REACH chemical regulation system has gone live. Here's what you need to do and when in order to comply with it, and the risks you face if you don't

Environmental Law

The Office for Environmental Protection: What to expect from England’s new green watchdog

The Office for Environmental Protection: What to expect from England’s new green watchdog

When it opens for business in July, the new body will keep tabs on the government’s progress towards its environmental targets and receive citizens' complaints about failures of public authorities. How will it deal with breaches and what will happen to complaints in the meantime?

Air

‘A legal first’: How might a landmark inquest ruling change air quality policy?

‘A legal first’: How might a landmark inquest ruling change air quality policy?

A landmark inquest that ruled that air pollution played a significant role in the death of a nine-year old girl from London could have implications for how air pollution is treated in political and scientific circles, experts tell Isabella Kaminski

Fines Monitor Prosecutions

The largest environmental fines handed down in 2020

The largest environmental fines handed down in 2020

Flybe, British Ceramic Tile, Bellway Homes and Severn Trent Water were among the firms handed the heftiest fines for environmental offences in 2020

Regulation

INTERVIEW: The landowner at the centre of river Lugg controversy

INTERVIEW: The landowner at the centre of river Lugg controversy

Herefordshire landowner and potato grower John Price talks to ENDS about being accused of wilfully destroying a stretch of the protected river Lugg and experiencing a multi-agency ‘dawn raid’

Biodiversity / conservation

The net gain gold mine

The net gain gold mine

The Environment Bill’s biodiversity net gain measure will create a market worth hundreds of millions of pounds annually, with the government’s goal of building 300,000 homes a year likely to necessitate the creation of thousands of hectares of offsets. Here’s how net gain is about to become big business

Latest news

Environmental Politics

How the Environment Bill changed in committee

Ahead of the Commons’ third reading of the Environment Bill, here’s what you need to know about how the draft legislation has changed during the committee stage

Sustainability

Decarbonised ammonia hailed as stepping stone for the hydrogen economy

Australian chemical engineers have developed a process that produces ammonia without the enormous greenhouse gas emissions associated with the conventional production method

Waste

Natural Resources Wales identifies non-compliance issues following landfill site fire

Natural Resources Wales has issued a warning to the owners of a landfill site after it identified non-compliance issues around its environmental permit in the wake of a fire at the site last year

Land, Ecology & Development

Plans announced to reintroduce white-tailed sea eagles to Norfolk

Plans have been revealed to introduce white-tailed sea eagles as part of a rewilding project in Norfolk

Compliance Deadlines

Plan ahead with our Calendar feature highlighting upcoming compliance deadlines

Compliance Search

Discover all ENDS content in one place, including legislation summaries to keep up to date with compliance deadlines

Editor’s pick

Water quality

MAPPED: England's healthiest – and most polluted – rivers

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

Water pollution

Death on the Wye: Is chicken manure destroying the ecology of the river?

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

Fines Monitor Civil sanctions

UPDATED: The ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database

UPDATED: Details of nearly 30 new enforcement undertakings with a value of more than £1.5m 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

Waste water & sewage

Focus on: Covid-19 surveillance

Focus on: Covid-19 surveillance

Scientists in Scotland have been using water samples to get a head start on the coronavirus pandemic

Climate change

Data check: The Arctic's long summer

Data check: The Arctic's long summer

A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia earlier this year has meant the Arctic's sea ice freeze has had a later start than usual

Biodiversity / conservation

Focus on: Britain’s Big Butterfly Count

Focus on: Britain’s Big Butterfly Count

This year’s Big Butterfly Count recorded the lowest number of butterflies in the event’s 11-year history, according to its organiser Butterfly Conservation

Case studies

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a farm is helping to offset nitrate pollution in a European protected site

The debrief: How a farm is helping to offset nitrate pollution in a European protected site

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

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a project is helping restore two chalk streams to favourable SSSI status

The poor condition of England’s waterways and the important habitats they provide has been making headlines recently, but a project in Hampshire shows how they can be successfully restored to meet environmental targets

Biodiversity / conservation

How new green spaces are easing pressure on sensitive heathlands

The provision of a series of new green spaces has delivered a statistically significant drop in visitors to a special protection area over a period when housing numbers have grown by 13%

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a tree mapping project is making the case for greening Manchester

A major exercise to collect information on more than 2,000 trees has armed Greater Manchester councils with the hard data needed to win green funding

Green buildings

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

An expanded district heat scheme deriving warmth from an unlikely source is helping more than a thousand homes cut their energy bills in north London

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