10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Johnson and Rees-Mogg back proposal to slash environmental protections; Environmental magnates demand a powerful Environment Act; Environment Agency chief tells conference 'climate change is worse than you think'

Japanese knotweed is one of the problem plants to be targeted by Northern Ireland's invasive species strategy (photograph by Kenneth Allen, CC by SA 2.0)
Japanese knotweed caused a council financial problems this week

Johnson and Rees-Mogg back proposal to slash environmental protections

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg threw their collective weight behind a report claiming that EU environmental protection rules are "anti-competitive” and are “disguised methods of protectionism”.

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