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

A round-up of the top stories this morning from ENDS and elsewhere, including ‘insane’ plans proposed for expanding oil and gas drilling in Yorkshire, the Magnox scandal posing ‘valuable lessons’ for the government, and a top lawyer saying the Courts Bill ‘weakens checks on power and damages access to justice’.

‘Insane’: Plans proposed for expanding oil and gas drilling in Yorkshire

A councillor has branded plans to expand oil and gas drilling in East Riding, Yorkshire, months after the council declared a climate emergency, as “just insane”. READ MORE

Magnox scandal poses ‘valuable lessons’ for the government

The government has accepted virtually every single recommendation of the inquiry into the failed Magnox nuclear decommissioning contract and subsequent litigation, according to a response published on Tuesday. READ MORE

Courts Bill ‘weakens checks on power and damages access to justice’, says top lawyer

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill would lend judges powers to curtail the impact of their decisions on the government – weakening legal checks on Whitehall, say lawyers and Labour. READ MORE

Eustice: Farmers must sign up to ELMs if England is to hit Environment Bill targets

The environment secretary has told MPs ‘we need almost universal uptake’ of the new environmental land management schemes from farmers and land managers to meet targets on water quality and biodiversity in the Environment Bill. READ MORE

‘A real concern’: Reopening of definition of waste service delayed again

A legal expert has claimed that the Environment Agency’s decision to delay the reopening of the definition of waste service for a third time in a row could lead to increased litigation costs across the whole industry. READ MORE

Highways England launches net zero roadmap

‘Immediate and sustained action’ will be taken to decarbonise motorways and A-roads, Highways England has said, putting roads ‘at the heart of the low carbon economy’. READ MORE

NRW investigates mystery ‘rotting dead bodies’ smell

Natural Resource Wales is investigating after a mystery stench that has plagued residents in Chester for decades returned this month to the region. READ MORE

In other news… 

Ammonia trial delivers major boost for pig industry

The pig farming industry news outlet Pig World reports that the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s accelerated ammonia monitoring trial shows that the British pig industry is successfully reducing ammonia emissions. The levy body said that the reduction in emission is also saving producers an estimated £15.3m.

Rich nations 'must consign coal power to history' 

Alok Sharma, president of COP26 has said that the talks need to consign coal power to history, reports Reuters. Sharma told the newswire that the G7 has ‘shown the way forward’, and that the island nations he has visited this year, such as in the Caribbean, want the biggest emitters of the G20 to follow suit.

UK's deadly heatwave is 'natural disaster' that could spark hundreds of deaths

The Daily Mirror reports that experts warn the UK is caught in the middle of a ‘natural disaster’ that could spark hundreds of deaths due to the extreme heat. More than 2,500 fatalities were linked to heatwaves last summer, with 1,700 in August alone – the highest since 2004.

‘Reckless’: G20 states subsidised fossil fuels by $3tn since 2015, says report

The Guardian reports on findings by BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies which show the G20 countries have provided more than $3.3tn (£2.4tn) in subsidies for fossil fuels since the Paris climate agreement was sealed in 2015. The reports says that the $3.3tn could have built solar plants equivalent to three times the US electricity grid. 

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