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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

Air

Almost half a million UK workers exposed to dangerous air pollution, finds research

Up to 440,000 workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to poor air quality in the industrial workplace in the UK, new research has found

Waste water & sewage

‘Early warning system’: DEFRA claims Covid-19 sewage monitoring scheme success

A programme to detect coronavirus in sewage is now sharing data with NHS Test and Trace, with plans to roll the scheme out further, after early results successfully demonstrated that fragments of genetic material from the virus can be detected in wastewater, the government has announced

Waste

Coronavirus: Councils call for more funding as recycling collection rates soar

The government must make funding available to meet the extra cost pressures on councils’ waste services, which are spiralling due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Local Government Association has said

Waste

Exclusive: Spike in modern slavery expected in waste sector

Waste firms must be on their guard during the coronavirus pandemic for an increase in modern slavery, an anti-trafficking charity has said

Regulation

Has the EA’s permitting service ‘completely fallen apart’?

The waste industry has welcomed the EA’s ambitious plan to clear its permitting backlog but says the agency needs financial help from the Treasury to avoid unintended negative consequences elsewhere. Conor McGlone reports.

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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?

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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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