Waste

Coronavirus: Questions raised over waste industry preparedness

Coronavirus: Questions raised over waste industry preparedness

DEFRA is attempting to ascertain whether the waste sector is capable of continuing to carry out essential services during the coronavirus pandemic

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Air

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

Updated daily: Measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic have reduced traffic on London's streets. Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown is impacting nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites

Water

Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Scientists have found that coronaviruses can survive in sewage and remain infectious but little is known about how long Covid-19 can last and whether it might pose a risk to people and wildlife from rivers and seas. Rachel Salvidge investigates

Land, Ecology & Development

How will coronavirus affect environmental consultancies?

How will coronavirus affect environmental consultancies?

Environmental consultants are trying to adapt to government measures put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. James Agyepong-Parsons speaks to the experts about best practice and how the virus will likely steer the consultancy market in the future

Environmental Law

Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

With the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the development and implementation of environmental legislation already being felt, click through to keep up to date with all the latest developments

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: What we learned from the committee stage

Environment Bill: What we learned from the committee stage

With the Environment Bill’s parliamentary journey suspended in light of the Covid-19 crisis, Simon Pickstone looks back at the key developments in MPs’ scrutiny of the bill this week

Environmental Politics

UPDATE 5 Coronavirus: The environmental events hit by the outbreak

UPDATE 5 Coronavirus: The environmental events hit by the outbreak

The coronavirus crisis has led to many environmental events and conferences being cancelled and postponed - including key policy landmarks such as the spending review. Here’s what you need to know.

Land, Ecology & Development

‘Building a dinosaur’: Why the HS2 fight is far from over

‘Building a dinosaur’: Why the HS2 fight is far from over

HS2 may have been given the green light but Chris Packham and campaigners are seeing red. James Fair examines the environmental case for and against the high speed rail line

Environmental Politics

Budget 2020: 14 things you need to know

Budget 2020: 14 things you need to know

The new chancellor Rishi Sunak today presented his first Budget to parliament, announcing measures to tackle plastic pollution, boost flood defences and cut air pollution. Here's what you need to know about the key green announcements in the red box

Waste

‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

Provisions within the Environment Bill could extend the Environment Agency’s charging powers in relation to waste operations, with experts anticipating that they will primarily be used for investigating permit breaches. Conor McGlone reports

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Energy

Coal power stations close as government nears decision on major new coal mine

The closure of Aberthaw and Fiddlers Ferry coal-fired power stations has left only three such plants operational across the UK. Meanwhile, the government is set to decide within a week on allowing a major coal mine to go ahead

Giant Essex gas plant application stalls on climate grounds

The Planning Inspectorate has in a rare move said it cannot proceed with the examination of a gas plant in Essex because the planning application ‘fell below’ submission standards and failed to take into account the latest guidance on flood risk and climate change projections

Protected areas

Gamebirds present across England’s protected sites, study shows

Non-native bird species introduced by the shooting industry have been spotted in almost every European protected site in England, according to a study carried out by nature campaigners Wild Justice, raising questions about how DEFRA can assess their ecological impact

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Water quality

EA insiders slam agency’s ‘completely useless’ water monitoring regime

EA insiders slam agency’s ‘completely useless’ water monitoring regime

The poor health of England’s rivers is likely to be worse than thought because the Environment Agency’s water quality monitoring programme is 'meaningless', a 'ludicrous waste of money' and a 'gross misuse of data', say existing and former agency officers

Environmental Law

How ecocide could be made an international crime

What would need to happen for the widescale, long-term and severe destruction of the environment to be made an international crime?

Biodiversity / conservation

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

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

Water

The debrief: How a new pipeline helped a water company avoid a costly Ofwat fine

The debrief: How a new pipeline helped a water company avoid a costly Ofwat fine

A pipeline designed to increase the resilience of Bristol Water’s supply had to overcome a series of challenges, from protected species to school buses

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a Scottish project established the case for the return of beavers

The Knapdale trial, which kicked off UK beaver reintroduction after centuries of absence, has shown the biodiversity benefits of these “ecosystem engineers” but also the need for local engagement and a strong management plan, finds Jocelyn Timperley

Waste

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

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