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Environmental Law

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

Regulation

EA chief signals departure from Water Framework Directive rules

Environment Agency chief Sir James Bevan has signalled his support for the reform of key aspects of environmental regulation and said red tape must not hinder a ‘green recovery’, in a speech today

Regulation

How lockdown has changed the UK’s environmental regulators

Regulators had to adapt to new working conditions during lockdown and while some aspects were challenging, others were improved, prompting them to consider changing the way they work permanently. David Burrows reports

Biodiversity / conservation

National Trust to axe 1,200 staff in bid to make £100m cost savings

Hundreds of people are set to lose their jobs at the National Trust as the organisation prepares to slash almost a fifth of its annual spend, following a major shock to its finances brought about by the coronavirus lockdown

Air

Infographic: Focus on cities's rebounding air pollution levels

Air pollution levels in large European cities are rebounding as coronavirus lockdown measures are eased, but remain lower than pre-Covid levels in most instances, an analysis of European Environment Agency data by ENDS indicates

Environmental Politics

Autumn budget ‘a golden opportunity’ for coherent environmental policy

Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee chair Philip Dunne has said that the long-delayed National Infrastructure Strategy, Energy White Paper and Transport Decarbonisation Plan must be delivered alongside this autumn’s Budget

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

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

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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