Sajid Javid has launched a new review on net zero. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Sajid Javid has launched a new review on net zero. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

10 key things that happened this week

1 Treasury launches review of tools to reach net zero

The Treasury has officially launched a review examining how it can achieve the UK’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, while “maximising opportunities for economic growth”. MORE

2 Nitrates crisis: Councils urge Villiers to tighten up water company permits

A group of councils in south Hampshire are urging the environment secretary to formally review and tighten up a water firm’s environmental permits in a bid to reduce nitrate pollution and end a five-month housing freeze. MORE

3 ‘Huge icebergs of foam’: EA investigates mystery city centre river pollution

The Environment Agency is investigating what type of pollution has left a city centre river covered in a mystery white foam. MORE

4 Legal experts lambast Environment Bill

The Environment Bill does not “enshrine the highest standards in law” as the prime minister claimed, according to a letter signed by 23 experts in environmental law. MORE

5 The MPs with green roles most vulnerable to losing the general election

With the general election now officially underway, ENDS looks at which MPs with an interest in climate and environmental issues face the toughest reelection battles. MORE

6 Publication of major river health report slips

Important data setting out whether the health of England’s rivers and lakes is declining or improving will now be published next spring, despite a government commitment to release the figures before the end of this year, ENDS can reveal. MORE

7 Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters consider suing police for false imprisonment

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate activists are considering whether to sue the Metropolitan Police for false imprisonment, after a ban on last month’s protests was found to be unlawful. MORE

8 Waste offences cost supermarket £77,000

A supermarket has been ordered to pay £77,000 for three waste offences related to fly-tipping near Birmingham. MORE.

9 DEFRA unveils £50m woodland creation scheme

The government will provide £50m for landowners in England to create new woodland as a way of tackling climate change and biodiversity loss. MORE

10 ‘Negligent’ farmer prosecuted for toxic pollution in SSSI

A farmer who repeatedly polluted a stream in a Northamptonshire site of special scientific interest with cattle waste has been fined. MORE

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