The government appears to have watered down its green non-regression pledge. Photograph: UK Parliament The government appears to have watered down its green non-regression pledge. Photograph: UK Parliament

10 key things that happened this week

Government waters down green non-regression pledge, UK set to miss 2020 environment goals, Council rejects Ox-Cam expressway plan on climate grounds.

1 Government waters down green non-regression pledge

The government appears to have weakened its pledge to introduce a legally-binding commitment to uphold environmental standards after the UK leaves the EU. MORE

2 UK set to miss 2020 environment goals

The UK is set to miss key environmental targets from air pollution and water quality to tree planting and recycling, an investigation has found. MORE

3 Council rejects Ox-Cam expressway plan on climate grounds

A county council has withdrawn its support for a major road project on climate change grounds and called for a new railway line instead. MORE

4 Landmark wind farm ruling overturned after court finds planning inspector acted ‘beyond her powers’

The Court of Appeal has overturned a landmark High Court ruling, finding that a planning inspector acted "beyond her powers" in allowing a variation to the planning conditions attached to a wind farm. MORE

5 Prepare for three-metre sea level rise, say UK engineers

Governments around the world must reconsider coastal flooding policies, strategy and investment decisions because sea level rise is likely to be far greater than previously estimated, a group of UK-based engineers has said. MORE

6 NRW holds back evidence ‘to protect the public purse’

The Welsh environment regulator held back evidence to avoid unnecessary legal fees during the unsuccessful prosecution of a refuse-derived fuel firm, it has said. MORE

7 General election: Boris Johnson promises ‘green revolution’

The Conservative Party has pledged it will invest £500m in electric car charging infrastructure, boost offshore wind capacity by a further 10GW in ten years and provide more funding to decarbonise heavy industry. MORE

8 England’s bathing water quality in 3 charts

The number of bathing waters in England reaching the required water quality standard rose this year, with the majority being classified as ‘excellent’, according to Environment Agency figures. MORE

9 Natural England approves destruction of thousands of duck eggs over ‘threat to cyclists’

Natural England has given permission for the destruction of 4,500 mallard eggs over three years to prevent ducks “walking out in front of cyclists” and causing accidents. MORE

10 Software failure costs Total £36,000 for ETS error

Oil and gas company Total E&P has paid a five-figure sum after an error crept into one of its offshore platform’s greenhouse gas emissions calculations. MORE

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