Climate change

‘Climate emergency’ council pauses work on major roads schemes

‘Climate emergency’ council pauses work on major roads schemes

A council in the West Midlands has paused work on a bypass and link road, partly over concerns that the projects may not be compatible with the ‘climate emergency’ recently declared by the local... Read more

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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

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

Waste

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone

Waste

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

With an anaerobic digester spill killing 10,000 fish in Devon this month and the wider industry receiving flak for growing maize for feedstock, James Fair asks whether the booming low-carbon technology is ultimately good for the environment

Air

Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

A Welsh council’s decision to buy and demolish a row of 20 homes in a bid to meet its clean-air obligations sounds like satire, but the move has the backing of the Welsh Government and at least some of the local community. Jim Dunton asks whether other areas could follow Caerphilly’s lead

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Environmental Politics

Ian Duncan appointed as minister for climate change

A former MEP and one-time BP employee has been appointed as a junior minister for climate change at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Waste

EA investigating cause of south London waste fire

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed it is investigating a fire at a Viridor waste site in south London which prompted complaints from local air quality campaigners

Renewable energy

Legal challenge takes aim at ‘illogical’ renewables support

A subsidiary of an energy and property development business has launched a legal challenge against the government’s mechanism for supporting clean power, saying it unfairly discriminates against onshore wind

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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

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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?

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

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