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

A round-up of the top stories this morning from ENDS, including news that the Environment Agency says that compliance improved during 2020, despite fewer inspections, and the regulator’s chief executive sounding the alarm on the ‘existential’ water shortage threat.

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EA says compliance improved during 2020, despite fewer inspections

The Environment Agency has claimed that 2020 was a good year for environmental compliance, despite Covid-19 forcing its officers to attend fewer reported incidents in person. READ MORE 

‘Jaws of death’: EA chief sounds alarm on ‘existential’ water shortage threat

Much of the UK will face significant water deficits by 2050 unless radical action is taken, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has said in a speech. READ MORE

What are the 16 net zero and climate papers published yesterday all about?

Earlier this week the government published a slew of reports, studies, and consultations alongside its landmark Net Zero Strategy. Here is what you need to know about them - and the ones which have since been removed. READ MORE

Government unveils strategies to set path to net zero

The government has published its long-awaited strategies outlining the measures it will take to push the country towards hitting net zero, accompanied by a review of how they will be funded. READ MORE

‘A huge let down’: UK still has 50% chance of missing sixth carbon budget under Net Zero Strategy

The government is facing criticism after it emerged that under its landmark Net Zero Strategy the UK has an approximately 50% chance of breaching legal carbon levels in 2035. READ MORE

Norfolk sea eagle reintroduction plans scrapped

Plans for the reintroduction of white-tailed eagles to a site in Norfolk have been scrapped, despite the scheme receiving a license to do so from Natural England earlier this year. READ MORE

In other news…

MPs urge pension schemes to cushion economic effects of UK’s net zero plan

The Guardian reports on comments made by MPs that UK public sector pension schemes could deepen divisions in society unless they use their billions of pounds of investment to cushion communities pivoting away from carbon-intensive industries - such as steel and carmaking. A cross-party group argues towns and regions across Britain could be devastated by a rapid switch to low-carbon technologies, says the newspaper, leaving them to face the same future as mining towns hit by pit closures in the 1980s, unless pension funds take account of the impact of investments on vulnerable households and businesses.

Global Investment Summit: Bill Gates gives £200m to turn UK green

The Times (subscription required) reports that Bill Gates is to invest £200 million in UK green technologies to help the government meet its net zero commitment by 2050. The prime minister welcomed the American billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft to the Global Investment Summit in London yesterday, where they announced a funding partnership worth £400 million for new technologies, the newspaper reports.

Science Museum strikes ‘astonishing’ new sponsorship deal with coal giant Adani

The Science Museum has agreed a sponsorship deal with major coal producer Adani, reports the Independent. The museum made the announcement of a new gallery sponsored by Adani as international investors gathered for a Global Investment Summit hosted at the museum by Boris Johnson, writes the news outlet. The event was billed as an effort towards building “the green economy of the future”, ahead of COP26, according to the newspaper.