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Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

Coronavirus live blog: The impact on green policymaking and implementation

Updated daily: With the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the development and implementation of environmental legislation already being felt, click through to keep up to date with all the latest developments... Read more

Regulation

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis

Air

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Environmental Politics

DEFRA spends £1m on software that can track staff vaccination status

DEFRA has spent £1m on software, which will allow it to track inventories of personal protective equipment and staff vaccination status, in preparation for staff returning to the office

Water pollution

EXCLUSIVE: Water pollution testing in England drops by two thirds amid pandemic

Experts have warned that the full extent of pollution discharged into England’s waterways over 2020 will never be known due to a dramatic decline in the number of tests carried out by the Environment Agency during the pandemic

Regulation

Covid-19: EA extends relaxed rules over graveyards

The Environment Agency has extended guidance which allows operators and councils to expand or develop new graveyards during the Covid-19 pandemic without applying for an environmental permit

Climate change

Mark Carney: Climate crisis will cause more deaths than Covid-19

The world is on a trajectory for mortality rates equivalent to the coronavirus pandemic every year by mid-century unless action is taken, according to Mark Carney, the United Nations envoy for climate action and finance

Environmental Law

NRW ditched two prosecutions due to court backlog

The unprecedented number of cases pending in the criminal courts has had an impact on environmental enforcement, according to Natural Resources Wales, though not in the case of the Environment Agency

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Coronavirus: the pandemic's impact on air pollution levels in charts

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Covid-19 lockdowns have seen air pollution levels plummet across areas that have put restrictions in place, including China, northern Italy and European cities, data shows. Early evidence suggests that pollution levels are beginning to drop in London too

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Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Could rivers be carrying coronavirus from sewage works?

Scientists have found that coronaviruses can survive in sewage and remain infectious but little is known about how long Covid-19 can last and whether it might pose a risk to people and wildlife from rivers and seas. Rachel Salvidge investigates

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A fleeting glimpse of a greener world?

A fleeting glimpse of a greener world?

For many, one source of hope during the coronavirus crisis has been news of the positive impact that control efforts have had on the environment. But the virus could make that future less likely to come about

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*UPDATED*: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

*UPDATED*: Environmental regulators' coronavirus response: What you need to know

The Environment Agency has reduced its regulatory site visits, SEPA has suspended its compliance assessment scheme and Natural England is no longer undertaking fieldwork. Here’s what you need to know about how the UK’s environmental regulators are handling their duties during the outbreak

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