EA admits ‘uncertainty’ over achieving legal river quality goal
The Environment Agency (EA) has said there is “uncertainty” as to when 78% of rivers in England will meet good ecological status, but has strongly indicated that it will not be within the next five years as legally required. MORE
Regulator ‘erred in law’ by not publishing reasoning behind beaver kill permits
Scotland’s nature regulator “erred in law” by not publishing its reasons for granting beaver cull permits, a judge has ruled, but the court rejected the notion that the regulator’s general approach to issuing lethal control licences was unlawful. MORE
‘Still struggling to breathe’: EA faces further legal action over smelly landfill
Lawyers say they are considering taking further legal action against the Environment Agency (EA), arguing that it has failed to produce an adequate plan for the regulation of Walleys Quarry in line with the requirements set out by the High Court in a landmark ruling last month. MORE
Environment Bill: What concessions were made by the government this week?
The government’s rejection of the vast majority of the Lords’ amendments to the Environment Bill caught the headlines this week, but ministers have also introduced a sprinkling of new measures to and alongside the draft legislation. Here’s what they are. MORE
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Climate change will bring global tension, US intelligence report says
Climate change will lead to growing international tensions, the US intelligence community has warned in a bleak assessment.
The first ever National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change, reports the BBC, looks at the impact of climate on national security through to 2040.
Countries will argue over how to respond and the effects will be felt most in poorer countries, which are least able to adapt, it states.
Peat-based compost used by UK public bodies despite proposed ban
Government agencies are still buying peat-based compost even though the environment secretary is planning to ban it, new data has revealed, the Guardian reports.
Peatlands occupy about 12% of the UK’s land area, and are the country’s largest natural carbon dioxide store, locking in an estimated 3.2bn tonnes of CO2, as well as providing habitats for birds, insects and plants. For years they have been neglected and dug up, and currently just 20% of UK peatlands remain in a natural state.