The government has both pledged to binding environmental non-regression whilst outlining scope for divergence. Photograph: Leon Neal / Getty Images The government has both pledged to binding environmental non-regression whilst outlining scope for divergence. Photograph: Leon Neal / Getty Images

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from the past week: Government confirms commitment to binding environmental non-regression; Villiers says there is ‘scope for divergence’ on environment; Millions of tonnes of landfill capacity ‘ready to go’ under no-deal Brexit.

1 Government confirms commitment to binding environmental non-regression

Prime minister Boris Johnson will seek to introduce into law a provision stopping future governments from lowering environmental standards after Brexit, MPs have heard. MORE

2 Villiers: ‘There is scope for divergence’ on environmental standards

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has said there is “scope for divergence” on environmental standards following Brexit, the day after MPs were told that prime minister Boris Johnson is committed to binding environmental non-regression. MORE

3 Millions of tonnes of landfill capacity 'ready to go' in no-deal Brexit scenario, says EA

There is 18.9 million tonnes of landfill capacity “ready to go” in the UK in preparation for a no-deal Brexit, according to the Environment Agency’s senior adviser on waste. MORE

4 Drought, illegal waste and farming drive up serious pollution incidents

Serious pollution incidents were up 27% last year compared to 2017, according to newly published Environment Agency figures, which attribute part of the rise to exceptionally dry conditions. MORE

5 Zac Goldsmith hints at blanket bog burn ban

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith has signalled that the government will take stronger action to prevent the burning of moorland on blanket peat bog. MORE

6 Environment Tribunal ruling ‘breached precautionary principle’ says appeal ruling

The Upper Tribunal has quashed an “ineffective” and “fundamentally flawed” decision to lessen restrictions on game bird shooting in a heavily protected part of coastal Suffolk. MORE

7 Golf courses abstracting billions of litres of water

Billions of litres of water are being removed from rivers and aquifers by golf companies each year, ENDS’ analysis of abstraction licences has revealed. MORE

8 Natural England seeks new board members to lead on net zero and 25-Year Plan

Natural England is seeking four board members to lead the wildlife regulator on meeting key government goals, including those set out in the 25-Year Environment Plan and reaching net zero emissions. MORE

9 EA demands more from industry as environmental permit compliance declines

The number of sites fully complying with their environmental permits is declining, according to ENDS’ analysis of the Environment Agency’s latest figures. MORE

10 The Environment Agency's waste crime performance in 4 charts

Environment Agency data reveals that the agency has made little progress on closing down illegal sites and inspecting waste exports. MORE

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