Land, Ecology & Development

England's deteriorating wildlife in 3 charts

England's deteriorating wildlife in 3 charts

Data released by DEFRA yesterday reveals a rapid decline in the condition of important species and habitats protected under the EU Habitats Directive

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Planning & land use

Is the Oxford-Cambridge expressway on a road to nowhere?

Is the Oxford-Cambridge expressway on a road to nowhere?

Conservationists have tried and failed through the courts to have a proposed motorway link between Oxford and Cambridge blocked on environmental grounds but a review of the development now looks likely and there have been suggestions that the road will be cancelled altogether. Conor McGlone reports

Access to justice

Does the Conservative manifesto threaten access to environmental justice?

Does the Conservative manifesto threaten access to environmental justice?

Mainstream parties may have impressed green groups with their environmental pledges, but some are worried about a Conservative Party promise to look at reforming judicial review. Simon Pickstone investigates

Biodiversity / conservation

The sixth extinction: The UK's most at-risk species and the fight to halt nature's decline

The sixth extinction: The UK's most at-risk species and the fight to halt nature's decline

SPECIAL REPORT: 15% of species are formally classified as at risk of extinction in Great Britain. ENDS hears from those on the frontline of efforts to reverse nature's decline

Land, Ecology & Development

The missing lynx: Could Britain’s wildcat be brought back home?

The missing lynx: Could Britain’s wildcat be brought back home?

Plans are afoot to bring the lynx back to Britain, despite the first attempt being blocked by Michael Gove and Natural England. James Fair reports

Environmental Politics

General election: The ENDS green pledge tracker

General election: The ENDS green pledge tracker

UPDATED: With the general election campaign now well under way, ENDS is compiling a regularly updated list of the green policies pledges by the UK's main parties. Now updated with the manifesto pledges of all the main parties

Environmental Law

7 legal decisions in 2019 that will have a lasting impact

Environmental law experts identify seven of 2019's most significant legal decisions and outline their implications for practitioners

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Why industry wants to save the Environment Bill

Why industry wants to save the Environment Bill

A number of critical bills and fledgling environmental policies have been left in limbo as a result of the general election, casting future legislation into doubt. But above all, business wants the next government to make the Environment Bill a post election priority, finds Rachel Salvidge

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Water

Southern Water investigating desalination and water recycling plants

Southern Water is investigating building desalination and water recycling plants in an effort to tackle dwindling water supplies, according to its new water resources management plan

Land, Ecology & Development

Council approves housing scheme in nitrates crisis zone against regulator advice

A 108-home development on an old dairy site near Portsmouth has become the first south Hampshire housing scheme to be approved since a nitrates crisis paralysed the planning system, but Natural England fears the council could be making a mistake

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Villiers accused of backtracking on post-Brexit trade standards

The head of the National Farmers Union has accused environment secretary Theresa Villiers of showing “no commitment” to setting up a commission to safeguard the UK’s food standards after Brexit

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Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Could a Trump-style rollback of green rules happen here?

Could a Trump-style rollback of green rules happen here?

Since taking office, the US president has taken a chainsaw to environmental regulations. With parts of Boris Johnson’s cabinet keen to pursue a deregulatory agenda, is there a danger the UK could follow Trump’s lead after Brexit?

Water

Who’s abstracting England?

Three consecutive dry years have led to parts of the south-east suffering from the lowest groundwater levels ever recorded, with rivers struggling with their lowest flows and some stretches drying up completely. Rachel Salvidge looks at the main abstractors and what the Environment Agency is doing at the 'frontline of the climate crisis'

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

Enforcement

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?

Case studies

Waste

Case study: How one waste company got its top rating back

Case study: How one waste company got its top rating back

In 2015, Ellie Colson, director of transport and compliance at Colson Transport, ran into a spot of bother with the Environment Agency (EA). At the time, fires at two wood recycling plants had caused a national disposal issue and the only options open to the skip hire company were to landfill wood or stockpile it until the matter was resolved

Agriculture & forestry

The debrief: How farmers in England could deliver green gains after Brexit

A first-of-its-kind farming scheme in the UK could offer a new model for farming subsidy payments for improving nature after leaving the EU

Sustainability

The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state

Biodiversity / conservation

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

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