Government advisers slam progress on environmental improvement

The state of England’s environment is getting worse rather than improving, and legislative plans are too weak to make a substantial difference, according to advisory body the Natural Capital Committee’s latest annual report.

Nine years have passed since the publication of the 2011 white paper, The Natural Choice, committing the government to “be the first in a generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited”, noted a foreword by chair professor Dieter Helm.

However, “the absence of progress since 2011 is more notable than the successes,” he wrote. He also criticised the lack of evidence of any improvement in the state of England’s natural capital – this failure, he wrote, is in large part due to the absence of a baseline against which to measure progress.

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