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Jamie Carpenter: In today’s highly volatile political climate it is difficult to be certain that any new policy proposal put forward by ministers will reach implementation. For this reason, a big question mark hangs over the government's biodiversity plans
With Brexit edging closer, fundamental changes to UK environmental policy and legislation are on the cards. ENDS checks the policy radar to identify what you need to prepare for in the coming year
‘The government has got far more experience putting down watchdogs than setting them up’. Environmental audit committee chair Mary Creagh talks to Conor McGlone about what Brexit could mean for environmental protections in the UK
With no agreement in sight on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a cross-party group of politicians have called for a ‘Norway Plus’ alternative. Here are five things you need to know about its environmental implications
Is the mitigation committed to by developers and infrastructure promoters to make schemes environmentally acceptable actually being delivered as promised? James Fair investigates
Updated predictions from the Met Office suggest that the UK could face higher increases in sea levels and warmer and wetter weather than previously projected. Jamie Carpenter investigates
Co-op is offering compostable carrier bags at 1,000 stores, but barriers may prevent wider take-up. Conor McGlone visits the Italian facility that supplies the new biodegradable bags to the retailer
The infrastructure pipeline is dominated by major roads schemes, with Highways England steering a growing number of projects through the planning system. Isabella Kaminski examines the environmental hurdles the agency must overcome to deliver the projects and the work the schemes are likely to generate for consultancies
From 7 January 2019 all new developments in Wales must include sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to prevent problems caused by excessive runoff. Richard Baker examines the implications
The number of prosecutions, cautions, inspections and enforcement notices issued by the Environment Agency have all seen dramatic falls in recent years. Gareth Simkins investigates
Serious and organised waste crime could be more deeply entrenched in the industry than first thought. Does the Environment Agency have what it takes to tackle it? Conor McGlone reports.
Biodiversity net gain could become a legal requirement in new developments in England, but is the concept sound? James Agyepong-Parsons reports
Infrastructure owners and designers will need to update their methodologies to reflect the Met Office’s latest projections for how climate change will impact the UK, experts say. Catherine Early reports
Wessex Water has paid out more than £1m following a series of unpermitted discharges of sewage effluent from its Swanage Bay treatment works. Gareth Simkins looks into the payout’s implications
The UK government's bioeconomy strategy aims high. With a target to double its impact on the economy by 2030, the government is sending positive signals but with few tangible policies in place, Conor McGlone asks how realistic the target is.
The waste sector was unhappy with previous plans to charge more for closed landfills and is still concerned about the agency’s new proposals, Gareth Simkins reports
Richard Macrory: A ruling on the EU’s authority to act on behalf of member states when it comes to international treaties also gives an indication of which agreements the UK will have to re-ratify after Brexit
John Davies: Regulators are cracking down on waste crime connected to brownfield redevelopment. Failure to properly dispose of waste soils can catch developers out and fines are steep
Paul Hatchwell: Plans for a third Heathrow runway have led to a barrage of legal cases alleging incompatibility with pollution and carbon targets. But a move toward net zero emissions may alter the fight over flight
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