Environmental Politics

PM pledges extra 4% of England’s land to be protected by 2030

PM pledges extra 4% of England’s land to be protected by 2030

The prime minister Boris Johnson has promised by 2030 to formally designate 4% of new land in England for nature’s recovery, bringing the total amount of protected land in the UK up to 30%, although environmentalists have warned that its figures are shaky at best... Read more

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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

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

Environmental Politics

How realistic is Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 net zero target?

How realistic is Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 net zero target?

A divide is widening between scientists allied to the activism group Extinction Rebellion who are are calling for more urgent action and scientists that advise the government who argue that current emissions reduction targets are already 'extremely ambitious', reports Conor McGlone

Water pollution

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

Green group’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when DEFRA published its overdue river health classifications revealing that not one water body in England could be deemed as being in good condition. Here’s what you need to know

Protected areas

National Parks: ‘Barren landscapes’ or ‘beacons of hope’?

National Parks: ‘Barren landscapes’ or ‘beacons of hope’?

National Parks have come under fire because wildlife is not thriving despite the protections afforded to the landscapes. But with huge areas to manage and budgets smaller than some primary schools they face significant challenges. James Fair reports

Fines Monitor Civil sanctions

NEW: The ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database

NEW: The ENDS Report enforcement undertakings database

The use of enforcement undertakings as a tool to deal with environmental offences has grown in recent years, with payouts now totalling nearly £18m. But details of most agreements are difficult to find, with information only briefly made public and hundreds now removed from view. Click through for the full list, compiled by ENDS

Environmental Law

Why judicial review reform could be a ‘disaster for the environment’

Why judicial review reform could be a ‘disaster for the environment’

Environmental NGOs and campaigners are worried that the government’s planned reform of the judicial review process is unwarranted and could diminish access to environmental justice, reports Conor McGlone

Water quality

Water Framework Directive: Is there a case for ‘thoughtful reform’?

Water Framework Directive: Is there a case for ‘thoughtful reform’?

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan’s recent comments taking aim at the Water Framework Directive’s cornerstone ‘one out, all out’ rule have sparked a fierce row. Bevan says he has no intention of weakening green protections, but campaigners are alarmed. Adam Branson investigates

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: 18 legally binding green targets being considered by DEFRA

Environment Bill: 18 legally binding green targets being considered by DEFRA

The Environment Bill in its current form requires government to set at least one target in four priority areas: air quality, biodiversity, water, and resource efficiency and waste reduction. Here are the 18 targets DEFRA is considering as set out in its policy paper published yesterday

Latest news

Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature

Environmental Politics

BEIS ‘drawing up greener industrial strategy’

The government is reportedly ripping up its industrial strategy and replacing it with one intended to focus on science, technology and meeting environmental objectives

Waste

Sri Lanka returns hundreds of tonnes of hazardous waste to the UK

The Sri Lankan government says it is sending 21 shipping containers of waste back to the UK after customs officials found they contained hazardous material, in breach of international laws

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Air

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

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

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a tree mapping project is making the case for greening Manchester

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

Waste water & sewage

The debrief: How a simple change helped a luxury carmaker slash its water use

Having switched to renewable electricity and gas, Bentley Motors has turned its attention to reducing water use at its Crewe factory. A first-of-its-kind project is projected to save hundreds of thousands of litres a year

Water

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

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