In a hurry? Monday’s environment news in 60 seconds

A round-up of the top stories this morning from ENDS and elsewhere, including two Sussex councils’ plans for marine restoration, Scotland could ban new incinerators, and Drax’s ‘game-changing’ carbon capture deal.

Councils set to lease seabed from the Queen to restore marine biodiversity

Two Sussex councils are set to lease the seabed off their coasts from the Queen as part of a marine restoration project. READ MORE

Scotland could follow Wales with ‘incinerator ban’, say Greens

Scotland’s Green Party has backed a ban as the government revealed it will review energy-recovery planning rules in the autumn. READ MORE

‘Game-changing’: Drax to become world’s largest carbon capture plant

Drax Group has signed a deal for its giant power station in North Yorkshire to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030. READ MORE

'Unprecedented disaster': Council calls on DEFRA to intervene over river Wye nutrients crisis

A letter sent to the environment secretary by the leader of Herefordshire Council is calling for the acknowledgement of the 'unprecedented disaster' caused by nutrients in the river Wye. READ MORE

One in five waste firms commit waste crime, EA survey suggests

Just less than one in five organisations in the waste industry sector commit some form of waste crime, a survey carried out by the Environment Agency suggests. READ MORE

Natural England collaboration set to make AONBs and National Parks ‘richer in nature’

Natural England, the National Parks and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have signed a joint agreement to work together more closely to make England 'richer in nature and accessible to all'. READ MORE

UK ETS cost capping could be invoked this summer

The cost of UK Emissions Trading System (ETS) futures is so high that the government could invoke measures to lower it this August. READ MORE

In other news

A Guardian video has depicted how environmental activists planned to protest at the weekend’s G7 summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall – with giant inflatables, Pokemon, a stunning aerial drone ballet and a huge sculpture made from e-waste.

Among other initiatives, prime minister Boris Johnson was expected to drive forward a new ‘Marshall Plan’ for the climate at the talks. READ MORE

Canada will no longer approve new thermal coal mines, reports Reuters.

“The government considers that these projects are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects within federal jurisdiction and are not aligned with Canada's domestic and international climate change commitments," said environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Friday.

Meanwhile, the prospect of the UK first new coal mine in a generation, though for metallurgical coking coal, remains open. READ MORE

German green groups have filed a legal objection to an environmental permit for a new Tesla gigafactory it may build near Berlin, Reuters says. If successful, it could encourage the firm to set up shop in the UK, which it is also considering. READ MORE

The Guardian is advertising a number of senior NHS management positions, all intended to help it reach net zero. It includes a senior net zero delivery lead at up to £74,000 a year, alongside project manager and executive officer roles.

The entire English public sector, including the NHS, is now obliged to consider climate objectives in its procurement practices. READ MORE

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