‘Landmark moment’: Kwarteng confirms 2035 deadline for decarbonised power

One of the UK's largest solar farms is operated by the Army. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Fossil fuels will be eliminated from the UK’s electricity mix by 2035, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced yesterday, to reduce exposure to volatile wholesale energy prices and accelerate efforts to reach net zero... Read more


Climate change

Is the road to net zero paved with good intentions?

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Is the UK government’s long-awaited Net Zero Strategy a ‘credible mechanism to drive delivery’ or is it full of ‘major holes and optimistic assumptions’? David Burrows investigates

Environmental Politics

G7 summit: 9 things you need to know

Environmental protest groups gathered in Cornwall as the UK hosted the G7. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Green groups have welcomed many of the environmental initiatives announced as part of the G7 summit over the weekend, but with many commitments short on detail they have called for the pledges to be followed up by solid policies. Here’s what you need to know

Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

Photograph: Tesco announced in March it was launching the UK’s biggest network of recycling points for soft plastic. Photograph: Tesco

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates

Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

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If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports

Environmental Law

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

It’s been more than two decades since Erin Brockovich proved PG&E was poisoning a Californian town and she’s been holding polluters across the world to account ever since


Hidden in the shadows: Modern slavery in the waste sector

The harrowing ordeal of two modern slavery victims exposes a major problem in the UK’s waste and resources sector.

The victims of what is reported to be the largest modern slavery ring ever to be uncovered in the UK talk to ENDS about how they ended up working in a recycling plant, and how they eventually escaped their captors

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

Although the main driver for the project was water, it had to deliver “multi-benefits”, including “safer walking and safer cycling.

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure

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Water pollution

MAPPED: The popular bathing spot on the frontline of England's sewage problem

Ilkley bathing spot

Data shows a stretch of river in West Yorkshire is the most polluted bathing area in the country, regularly awash with very high levels of harmful bacteria

Global negotiations

The ENDS Briefing: COP26

Glasgow COP 26

With just days to go to the crunch climate talks in Glasgow, read our guide to the key items on the agenda and what to expect if you are going

Land, Ecology & Development

The ENDS Briefing: biodiversity net gain

Biodiversity Net Gain

The Environment Bill’s flagship biodiversity net gain measure is intended to deliver more development - and more nature. Here’s everything you need to know about the duties the bill will place on developers and decision-makers, the market the mechanism will create and practical lessons from where net gain has already been implemented


MAPPED: The areas around a notorious landfill that have recorded the highest hydrogen sulphide levels

Click through to view an interactive map with details of hydrogen sulphide readings at monitoring stations installed around the Walleys Quarry landfill in Staffordshire



Interview: The new IPCC chair on science, politics, and knowing when to hold back

Jim Skea, IPCC chair

Professor Jim Skea speaks to ENDS about his new role as chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, championing inclusivity, and whether the risk of climate disaster keeps him up at night

Environmental Politics

Interview: Rosamund Kissi-Debrah on her disappointment in Sir Keir Starmer

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

It's 10 years since Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah died, a girl who went on to become the first person in the world to have air pollution listed on their death certificate. ENDS met with Ella's mother, and founder and director of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation, to discuss the politics of ULEZ, the ongoing ‘war on motorists’, and what she would do first if she worked in DEFRA


INTERVIEW: The interim EA chief on the ‘toxic’ sewage debate and his one great fear

John Curtin

John Curtin talks to ENDS about what the sewage scandal has done to public trust - and EA staff, what he thinks of scrapping the Water Framework Directive, and why merging the EA and Ofwat would be a ‘retro step’ - with exclusive subscriber audio content

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

How a Somerset rewilding project has harnessed AI to boost monitoring capacity

The Honeygar site

A wildlife trust is using artificial intelligence to help monitor its progress in ‘rewilding’ an area of once intensively grazed farmland on a nature reserve. Michael Donnelly spoke to the trust and the firm behind the technology about how it works on the ground

The debrief: How a farmer-led project transformed its business to sell biodiversity, carbon, and nutrient neutrality credits

Announced as a biodiversity net gain credit pilot scheme in 2020, a project in Norfolk is generating new revenue streams by selling ecosystem credits, ranging from those for biodiversity and carbon to nutrients. Michael Donnelly reports on how the evolution from traditional farming took place

Urban wetlands and subterranean ‘super bins’: four pioneering projects in the spotlight

Green Cities Index 2023: From subterranean bins to wetlands creation projects, some innovative environmental work is being carried out in urban areas up and down the UK. Adam Branson asks environmental leaders from four city councils to share their experiences of a recent project

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Why a judicial review of sea fishing licences underlines the weight being given to environmental conservation

Laura L. Tainsh is a partner at Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

A ruling that the Scottish government had failed to act in accordance with Scotland’s National Marine Plan when varying fishing licences demonstrates the weight being given to environmental conservation by the courts, writes Laura Tainsh

Environmental Law

Why developer CG Fry’s nutrient neutrality challenge is unlikely to succeed on appeal - for now

Earlier this month the High Court dismissed a claim previously branded as having 'considerable importance' to how Natural England’s nutrient neutrality advice is applied by local councils. While its chances of success at appeal are limited, writes Ned Westaway, the passing of the Retained EU Law Act could make future such cases harder to predict

Environmental Law

Why the dismissal of ClientEarth’s case against Shell will have ramifications for other NGOs seeking to change corporate behaviour

The High Court’s dismissal of ClientEarth’s ground-breaking claim against the directors of Shell shows that minority activist shareholders hoping to use the courts to change corporate behaviour have a mountain to climb, writes Simon Tilling

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