The government's long-awaited Environment Bill landed in parliament this week. Photograph: Oversnap/Getty Images The government's long-awaited Environment Bill landed in parliament this week. Photograph: Oversnap/Getty Images

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from the past week: The Environment Bill lands in parliament; UK aims to uphold ‘level playing field’ with Brexit deal; Boris Johnson to lead climate change cabinet committee.

1 The Environment Bill lands in parliament

The government’s landmark Environment Bill was published this week, making significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvements and chemicals rules, if enacted. MORE

2 Brexit deal: UK says it will aim to uphold ‘level playing field’

A new Brexit deal between the British government and the European Commission would see the UK and EU sign a declaration aiming to uphold environmental protections as part of any future free trade agreement. MORE

3 Boris Johnson to lead climate change cabinet committee

Prime minister Boris Johnson will lead a cross-cabinet committee designed to help accelerate progress on cutting the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. MORE

4 Natural England: No change in environmental assessment, permitting or enforcement after Brexit

People working in the environment sector will be able to continue to do so after Brexit without disruption because green rules, regimes and protections will remain unchanged whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, Natural England has said. MORE

5 SEPA overhauls compliance team to become ‘phase two’ regulator

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has completed a restructuring of its ‘Compliance and Beyond’ team, aimed at tackling modern environmental concerns such as climate change. MORE

6 Government pledges new net zero governance arrangements

The government has pledged to “establish new governance arrangements to drive forward our efforts across the whole of government to deliver net zero, potentially including a new cabinet sub-committee on climate change”, once the UK has left the EU. MORE

7 Natural England shifts to ‘more rapid, less detailed’ environmental monitoring

Natural England has indicated it will use “more rapid, less detailed techniques at broader scales” for monitoring the natural environment, landscapes and their benefits as part of a new strategy that prioritises the efficient use of its resources. MORE

8 Housing secretary blocks council from scrapping local plan in response to climate emergency

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has made a last-minute intervention to stop an Oxfordshire council from voting to scrap its emerging local plan following its climate emergency declaration. MORE

9 Developer fined £300,000 for felling protected trees

A developer has been fined £300,000 for felling a wood covered by a tree preservation order, including a 90-foot tall giant redwood believed to be 176 years old. MORE

10 Juniper: Natural England ‘needs £140m more each year’

Successive cutbacks to Natural England’s budget over recent years have put “enormous stress and strain” on staff, according to its chair Tony Juniper. MORE

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