Fines Monitor Environmental Law

‘Crime against the environment’: Fury over illegal bulldozing of protected river

‘Crime against the environment’: Fury over illegal bulldozing of protected river

A prized and protected river has been found 'bulldozed, straightened and reprofiled into a sterile canal, with all bankside and riverside habitats completely obliterated', according to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust... Read more

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Brexit Hub Regulation

'The dirty man of Europe': where green rules could diverge after Brexit

'The dirty man of Europe': where green rules could diverge after Brexit

On 31 December, the Brexit transition period will end and the UK will leave the customs union and single market. The stage is set for the UK to diverge from European environmental regulations, but are some rules more at risk than others?

Water

Pollution tracker: 10 of the worst pollution incidents reported this autumn

Pollution tracker: 10 of the worst pollution incidents reported this autumn

Updated regularly: ENDS’ pollution tracker logs some of the worst pollution incidents taking place across the UK. The latest update includes news of a mystery fish kill, sewage floods and a catastrophic peat landslide

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

The Internal Market Bill could undermine devolution and pave the way for a ‘race to the bottom’ on green standards, fear experts. David Burrows reports

Water pollution

Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

A clean up of historic water pollution from metal mines is entering a new phase, but there is much work to do to reduce the damage to an estimated 1,500km rivers in England alone. Catherine Early reports

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

Interview: What Jolyon Maugham QC thinks about taking on polluters and holding the government to account

Interview: What Jolyon Maugham QC thinks about taking on polluters and holding the government to account

‘Rich remoaner lawyer’ Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of the Good Law Project and bête noire to the government, talks to ENDS about using litigation to influence politics, suing water firms for sewage pollution and being savaged on Twitter

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

Environmental Politics

Spending Review 2020: 11 things you need to know

The small print of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review included a number of green measures, including a funding boost for DEFRA and further details on how the government intends to fund the prime minister’s recently announced 10-point climate plan. Here’s what you need to know

Brexit Hub Regulation

Where is the UK’s emissions trading scheme?

Where is the UK’s emissions trading scheme?

The UK will drop out of the EU’s emissions trading scheme at the end of the year and details of a UK replacement are scant. The clock is ticking, reports David Burrows

Biodiversity / conservation

Can nature recovery networks help rejuvenate the UK’s disappearing wildlife?

Can nature recovery networks help rejuvenate the UK’s disappearing wildlife?

Will nature recovery networks revive the UK’s dwindling natural habitats or are they just another example of weak and underfunded ambition? James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Enforcement

Watchdog or lapdog? Will the Office for Environmental Protection secure independence?

Watchdog or lapdog? Will the Office for Environmental Protection secure independence?

Government amendments to the environment bill have brought the independence of the Office for Environmental Protection into question before its work has even begun. Catherine Early reports

Environmental Law

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

Will the EA use new powers to commit state-sponsored crime?

The ‘spy cops bill’ gives the agency powers to legally undertake torture, murder and rape in pursuit of criminals, but would it go that far? Adam Branson reports

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Land, Ecology & Development

‘Shocking’: Just a quarter of SSSIs in national parks in good condition

Barely a quarter of the sites of special scientific interest in national parks are in good condition, a freedom of information request has revealed

Environmental Politics

Government climate advisers recommend 68% carbon cut by 2030

Reducing the UK’s annual contribution to climate change by 68% compared to 1990 by 2030 would be a 'decisive commitment to a net zero emissions trajectory', according to the Climate Change Committee

Land, Ecology & Development

Highways England to line major new roads with wildflower meadows

Hundreds of miles of English roadsides are to be converted into wildflower meadows after Highways England adopted a new policy aimed at improving ecosystems and saving money

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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

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

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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

Plastics

The debrief: How a waste company is closing the loop for plastic bottles

Biffa combined its in-house knowledge with expertise from across Europe to build the UK’s first recycling plant turning PET back into food-grade PET

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