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Queen’s speech: Government promises ‘legally binding’ environmental targets

Queen’s speech: Government promises ‘legally binding’ environmental targets

The government’s long-awaited Environment Bill will set out legally binding targets to improve the state of the natural world, the Queen has stated in her speech formally reopening parliament this... Read more

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Proceeds of Crime: the UK’s 10 largest environmental confiscation orders

Proceeds of Crime: the UK’s 10 largest environmental confiscation orders

Millions of pounds of ill-gotten gains have been won back from environmental criminals and, on occasion, legitimate businesses. Gareth Simkins looks through some of the largest

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Speed read: What the 3 remaining Brexit options mean for green protections

Speed read: What the 3 remaining Brexit options mean for green protections

Following a meeting between Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar widely reported as positive, ENDS takes a look at the possible Brexit options for the UK and the EU, and what they would mean for environmental protections

Air

Map: The UK areas with illegally high air pollution

Map: The UK areas with illegally high air pollution

Latest air pollution data shows that more than 80% of UK reporting zones have illegal levels of pollution. Click through to view an interactive map showing by how much each zone is breaching EU legal limits

Contaminated land

Grenfell fire: Will a toxicology expert's resignation prompt a rethink about risk assessment?

Grenfell fire: Will a toxicology expert's resignation prompt a rethink about risk assessment?

Concerns over the government’s approach to the environmental aftermath of one of the UK’s worst modern disasters led a toxicology expert to quit an advisory panel in August. Does contamination pose an ongoing health threat?

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Does Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan trash environmental protections?

Does Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan trash environmental protections?

The government has drawn the Brexit battle lines and set out a proposal for leaving the EU, but will environmental safeguards end up as collateral damage? James Fair reports

Land, Ecology & Development

Phosphates crisis: How the ‘Dutch case’ is stifling housebuilding in England

Phosphates crisis: How the ‘Dutch case’ is stifling housebuilding in England

A council has been forced to delay planning decisions for more than 1,000 homes due to excess phosphate levels in a protected area. James Agyepong-Parsons looks at how an EU ruling known as the 'Dutch case' is impacting development proposals in England

Environmental Politics

Zac Goldsmith: How the politician who 'threw it all away' became the cabinet's green champion

Zac Goldsmith: How the politician who 'threw it all away' became the cabinet's green champion

A disastrous 2016 saw Zac Goldsmith, DEFRA's new cabinet minister, described as the politician 'who threw it all away'. But since then his career trajectory has improved immeasurably

Water

'River of death': the efforts to clean up one of the UK's most polluted waterways

'River of death': the efforts to clean up one of the UK's most polluted waterways

Why pollution in east London's river Lea is a huge and enduring problem, and what's being done to clean it up

Environmental Law

Speed read: the EA's most-enforced regulation

Speed read: the EA's most-enforced regulation

More businesses were prosecuted for environmental offences under regulation 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 than any other regulation in 2018. Here's what you need to know about the Environment Agency's most-enforced regulation

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Land, Ecology & Development

Q&A: How the ‘Dutch case’ ruling is paralysing housebuilding

Housing development in South Hampshire and Herefordshire has been halted due to Natural England updating its legal advice following a European Court of Justice ruling known as the Dutch case. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental assessment

Natural England shifts to ‘more rapid, less detailed’ environmental monitoring

Natural England has indicated it will use “more rapid, less detailed techniques at broader scales” for monitoring the natural environment, landscapes and their benefits as part of a new strategy that prioritises the efficient use of its resources

Land, Ecology & Development

Council to toughen green policies in wake of climate emergency declaration

A Devon council has voted to give "appropriate weight" to climate change policies in its local plan and to develop new policies to strengthen its approach to environmental concerns in the wake of the authority declaring a climate emergency

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Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

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?

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

Water

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

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

Climate change

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?

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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

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

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