New waste minister confirmed as industry says sector must not be ‘siloed off’
DEFRA has confirmed that new ministerial appointee Jo Churchill will take on its waste and resources portfolio, overseeing a sector that an industry trade body says is at a “critical juncture”. READ MORE
Senedd has ‘serious reservations’ over the Environment Bill
Members of the Welsh parliament have backed transferring the Environment Bill’s powers to the Welsh government – but only if conditions are met. READ MORE
‘Coal, cars, cash and trees’: What to expect at COP26
The Glasgow climate talks, which begin in just over a month, will seek new commitments to cut methane emissions, dump coal power and finalise rules on global emissions trading. Here’s what you need to know. READ MORE
Ministers backing plans for new nuclear plant, say reports
Ministers are backing plans for a new large-scale nuclear power plant in Wales to ease pressure on electricity supplies on the path to net zero, according to reports. READ MORE
England ‘losing the war’ to protect its rivers, say campaigners
Stronger regulation, higher levels of enforcement and strategic impact assessment is needed if the dire health of England’s rivers is to be turned around, according to campaign group the Rivers Trust. READ MORE
In other news…
Vast area of Scottish Highlands to be rewilded in ambitious 30-year project
A large swathe of the Scottish Highlands stretching between the west coast and Loch Ness is to be rewilded as part of a 30-year project to restore nature, reports the Guardian. The Affric Highlands initiative aims to increase connected habitats and species diversity over an area of 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres), incorporating Kintail mountain range, and glens Cannich, Moriston and Shiel. The newspaper says plans include planting trees, enhancing river corridors, restoring peat bogs and creating nature-friendly farming practices.
UN launches pledge to stop building new coal power plants
Seven countries, including the UK, have signed a pledge initiated by the United Nations to stop building new coal power plants, reports Bloomberg, with the aim to gather more signatures before the global climate summit COP26 in Glasgow next month. The No New Coal agreement is the latest attempt to try and piece together a global phase-out of the dirtiest fossil fuel, says the news outlet.
Advertising watchdog to shine ‘regulatory spotlight’ on environmental claims
Press Association reports that the UK’s advertising watchdog is to “shine a greater regulatory spotlight” on environmental claims made in ads after finding there is “significant scope” for firms to make mistakes. The Advertising Standards Authority is to release new guidance setting out key principles to make sure ads do not mislead about the environment and are socially responsible when considering environmental issues.