Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised  billions of extra pounds for infrastructure development. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised billions of extra pounds for infrastructure development. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories this week: Spending review: Javid pledges ‘infrastructure revolution’; UK biodiversity performance in 5 charts; Natural England’s ‘disappointing’ £600 fine for SSSI destruction...

Spending Review: Javid pledges ‘infrastructure revolution’ to meet UK climate goals

The government will pump billions of extra pounds into infrastructure spending as part of its commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, chancellor Sajid Javid has announced. ENDS’ has provided a round-up of Javid’s spending pledges and collated a summary of industry responses, including reaction from Natural England’s chair Tony Juniper, who expressed his disappointment at the amount allocated for nature. MORE

UK biodiversity performance in five charts

There are signs that biodiversity is recovering than deteriorating, although in the short-term progress appears to be faltering, a government report reveals. MORE

‘Disappointingly low’: Natural England spends £60k netting £600 fine for SSSI destruction

A two-year investigation into the destruction of a site of special scientific interest in Yorkshire, which resulted in a £600 fine, has cost Natural England £61,000, with the regulator only able to claw back £300 in costs, an internal memo shows. MORE

Council frees up Chilterns AONB for development

A Chilterns council has adopted its local plan after an inspector backed the release of 12 sites from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for new development. MORE

‘Collective failure’: ClientEarth puts councils on notice over climate plans

Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth have warned more than 100 councils that they risk legal action if they fail to produce “proper climate change plans”. MORE

Planned housing development could ban cats to protect water voles

Owners of planned houses on the edge of a Shropshire market town could be banned from owning cats in order to protect the water voles that dwell on the site. MORE

Biffa pleads not guilty to illegally exporting waste to Indonesia and India

Waste giant Biffa has appeared again in court over allegations that it has been illegally exporting household waste abroad. MORE

Cuadrilla to assess properties for damage after fracking earthquake

Cuadrilla Resources has apologised to residents after a large tremor forced it to suspend fracking last week and has begun investigating whether it may have damaged homes. MORE

Developer fells ancient woodland without EIA

A hotel developer has been forced to restore part of an ancient woodland in a national park after it illegally felled trees to make way for a car park without carrying out an environmental impact assessment. MORE

Brazilian bacteria helps Severn Trent cut energy use

A strain of ammonium-devouring bacteria imported from Brazil has helped cut power use in Severn Trent’s largest water treatment plant by 15%, the company has said. MORE

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