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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

Waste

‘Unworkable’: Waste sector blasts exemption from self-isolation rules

The waste industry has slammed red tape around rules allowing workers to avoid self-isolation after being identified as having been potentially exposed to the coronavirus

Waste

Recycling sent for incineration due to national driver shortage

A council in Kent has told its residents that recycling left out for collection will be incinerated alongside general waste due to a national shortage of refuse lorry drivers

Air

Data check: Global CO2 levels show little Covid impact

Although the UK’s emissions dropped markedly last year due to the pandemic, scientists have found “no discernible signal” of Covid-19’s global impact in reducing carbon emissions

Policy

MPs welcome government commitments on National Infrastructure Bank

A cross-party group of MPs have welcomed a government commitment to make the National Infrastructure Bank permanent but said that ministers had missed 'several quick wins' in their efforts to launch green economic recovery from Covid-19

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

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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

Water

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

Environmental Politics

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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