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Keep up to date on the implications of the coronavirus crisis for UK environmental professionals.

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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

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

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: Measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic have reduced traffic on London's streets. Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown is impacting nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites

Environmental Politics

UPDATE 5 Coronavirus: The environmental events hit by the outbreak

UPDATE 5 Coronavirus: The environmental events hit by the outbreak

The coronavirus crisis has led to many environmental events and conferences being cancelled and postponed - including key policy landmarks such as the spending review. Here’s what you need to know.

Land, Ecology & Development

Coronavirus: 7 ways the pandemic is impacting conservation

Conservation charities have been working hard to reprioritise their caseload during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some believe nature is rebounding but others warn that projects are on hold and enforcement is lacking. Here’s what you need to know

Waste water & sewage

Coronavirus: Sewage test ‘could identify Covid-19 carriers’

A test that could be used to predict the spread of Covid-19 in local areas by identifying biomarkers in sewage is being developed by academics at Cranfield University

Landfill

Coronavirus: Waste sector calls for reduced landfill tax

Skip hire and waste sector trade association the United Resource Operators Consortium has written to the government asking for reduction in landfill tax as many smaller waste firms struggle to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis

Land, Ecology & Development

Coronavirus: How are environmental consultants responding to the housebuilding slowdown?

Environmental consultants are reprioritising their caseloads from home but warn that Covid-19 restrictions need to be lifted as soon as safely possible to prevent a backlog of work building up. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Major incidents

6 ways Covid-19 will affect green policymaking

The global response to the Covid-19 pandemic is already up-ending the environmental agenda for 2020. ENDS examines some of the key impacts

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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 will prioritise flood response, Natural England has suspended site visits and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has had strict anti-virus measures in place. 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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