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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: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

Updated daily: 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 some lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Environmental Politics

Coronavirus: Business leaders and experts demand ‘green recovery’

More than 200 UK firms and investors have written to the government calling for it to prioritise the environment in its Covid-19 recovery plan

Climate change

‘Build back better’: Johnson sets out case for green recovery

Government efforts to rescue the global economy from the coronavirus crisis must respect ‘future generations’ by addressing climate change and social justice, prime minister Boris Johnson has said

Regulation

EA: Coronavirus ‘no excuse’ to operate illegally

The Environment Agency has said it is continuing to enforce green rules while following the government’s guidance on social distancing by employing 'remote ways of working' during lockdown

Climate change

COP26: UN confirms one-year postponement

United Nations officials have given the green light to a proposal from the UK and Italian governments to postpone the COP26 climate talks to November 2021, a full year after they were scheduled to take place, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Biodiversity / conservation

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing scheme work with other animals?

Natural England plans to roll out its district licensing scheme for great crested newts to other species such as bats, but not everyone believes it can it work. James Fair 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

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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