The Glasgow climate talks, which begin in just over a month, will seek new commitments to cut methane emissions, dump coal power and finalise rules on global emissions trading. Here’s what you need to know... Read more
The Environment Bill’s flagship biodiversity net gain measure is intended to deliver more development - and more nature. Here’s everything you need to know about the duties the bill will place on developers and decision-makers, the market the mechanism will create and practical lessons from where net gain has already been implemented
Dwindling budgets and paltry pay offers are adding to the ‘deeper problems’ that are undermining work at the agency, finds David Burrows
Michael Gove was handed the housing portfolio in the prime minister’s Cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, but how will the former environment secretary deal with net gain, EIA reform, underfunded councils and a large scale overhaul of the planning system? Michael Donnelly reports
Could harmful chemicals concentrating in recycled food packaging, toys and textiles derail progress on the circular economy? And will the plastics tax make things worse? David Burrows reports
A ruling that set a landfill gas emissions limit for the Environment Agency to enforce to protect the health of a vulnerable child shows the approach courts are taking in the face of scientific uncertainty, particularly where there is a lack of consensus on safe chemical limits
It is unlikely that all councils will be ready to implement net gain by the 2023 deadline, with experts saying they do not have the resources or expertise to make it work, reports James Fair
Despite the prime minister’s promise to clear a blockage on development created by Natural England guidance on nutrient neutrality, planning applications containing thousands of homes remain in limbo across England and Wales. Do innovative mitigation solutions provide a light at the end of the tunnel?
Hundreds of tonnes of plastic fragments are spread to land every year in England, contaminating soils used to produce food. But fixing the problem appears to be fiendishly difficult, finds David Burrows
The Environment Bill could be significantly strengthened by changes proposed by the House of Lords, but how many amendments will make it onto the final act? James Fair reports
A group of Tory backbench MPs is seeking to challenge the Westminster ‘consensus’ on greenhouse gas emissions. What does the new group mean for the government’s net zero ambitions, asks David Burrows
As the landmark Environment Bill nears the end of its passage through parliament the government has tabled yet another set of significant amendments, including on the bill’s species abundance target, sewage discharge measures and the post-Brexit green watchdog. Here’s what you need to know
Two successful prosecutions by the Environment Agency against waste giant Biffa have led to a backlash from the waste industry, with calls for clearer rules on contamination levels but is the regulator listening? Conor McGlone investigates
The publication of the latest biodiversity metric was seen by policymakers as a milestone moment, but it soon came in for severe criticism, with one expert describing it as ‘the single most dangerous thing to be done by a statutory agency I’ve seen in all my 40 years working in nature conservation’. James Fair investigates
Rewriting the rulebook: How government plans to diverge from EU green standards could affect business
Industry professionals tell ENDS where the UK government is likely to start charting a new course on environmental rules and what could hold it back
Ministers are backing plans for a new large-scale nuclear power plant in Wales to ease pressure on electricity supplies on the path to net zero, according to reports
Stronger regulation, higher levels of enforcement and strategic impact assessment is needed if the dire health of England’s rivers is to be turned around, according to campaign group the Rivers Trust
‘Lowering standards by the back door’: Campaigners begin legal action over EA discharge permits relaxation
Campaign group Fish Legal has begun legal action against the Environment Agency over its recent decision, blamed on Brexit and covid-related supply chain disruptions, to relax the rules governing discharges from wastewater treatment plants
Just five sectors within the UK economy are in the process of reducing their carbon emissions, while the majority are increasing theirs, underlining the need to meet net zero targets with ‘far greater urgency’, a report has concluded
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Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know
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
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
UPDATED: Details of nearly 30 new enforcement undertakings with a value of more than £1.4m 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
MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels
Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire
More than £20m has been paid out to good causes since enforcement undertakings were introduced as a tool to tackle environmental offences in England more than 10 years ago, an analysis of Environment Agency data reveals.
Building the UK's largest ever solar park on an arable field was always going to raise environmental concerns, but with advice from nature groups, biodiversity experts and regulators this 350-megawatt project will also restore habitat to this former marshland and power up to 90,000 homes
How one 'traditional country estate' is receiving an income by enhancing floral diversity on part of the land and selling the biodiversity net gain to housebuilders
Kingsbrook, Aylesbury Vale: The net gain trailblazer bidding to set a new standard for nature-friendly housing development
Tasked by the local authority with protecting wildlife and the environment associated with the building of 2,450 homes, one developer worked with partners to enhance biodiversity within the estate's boundary
The debrief: How a Norfolk estate is forging a new path combining agriculture, tourism and environmental gains
With uncertainty around post-Brexit subsidies, and the rising environmental agenda, agriculture in the UK is in a period of flux. However, new business models, such as one at the Wild Ken Hill project in north Norfolk, are emerging
When an international chemicals firm wanted to develop the UK’s first large-scale scheme to capture carbon emissions and use them in a range of applications, it also found itself blazing a path through a complex permitting process
Dr Rolph Payet, executive secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, speaks to ENDS about the impact of the covid crisis on international cooperation, the threat of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, and the prospect of a new treaty on plastic waste
As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows
Professor Shanna Swan made international headlines by linking chemicals in plastics and pesticides to tumbling fertility rates, arguing that everyday chemicals are imperiling the future of the human race. She talks to ENDS about her incredible journey of discovery and why she’s worried about what paracetamol might be doing to unborn babies
It’s been more than two decades since Erin Brockovich proved PG&E was poisoning a Californian town and she’s been holding polluters across the world to account ever since
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