Plastics

7 reasons why the UK is heading into a waste plastics crisis

7 reasons why the UK is heading into a waste plastics crisis

The UK is headed for a plastics recycling crisis, which has its origins in China’s decision to ban imports of plastics more than two years ago. ENDS looks at how the problems are unfolding

Protected areas

Gamebirds present across England’s protected sites, study shows

Non-native bird species introduced by the shooting industry have been spotted in almost every European protected site in England, according to a study carried out by nature campaigners Wild Justice, raising questions about how DEFRA can assess their ecological impact

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

Transport

Chris Packham files judicial review against HS2

Environmental campaigner Chris Packham has applied for a judicial review against the government’s decision to approve the High Speed 2 rail network, claiming that potential environmental and climate change impacts associated with the project have not been properly considered

Environmental Law

‘Straining credulity’: Court strikes down billionaire landowner’s SSSI appeal

A landowner who was convicted of damaging a site of special scientific interest and told to pay £900,000 has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that his lawyers were negligent in his defence

Waste

Coronavirus: EA grants leeway for handling Covid-19 waste

Facilities permitted to store ‘orange bag’ clinical waste will be allowed to store and treat filters, wipes and protective clothing that may be contaminated with the pandemic virus, the the Environment Agency has announced

Chemicals

Coronavirus: ECHA extends chemicals compliance deadlines

The European Chemicals Agency has given businesses more time to comply with regulatory demands in response to the coronavirus outbreak and is also acting to boost disinfectant supplies

Environmental Law

‘Strange days’: How environmental lawyers are facing the coronavirus crisis

‘Strange days’: How environmental lawyers are facing the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus outbreak is posing a challenge for environmental lawyers – from court activity slowing down to the practicalities of caring for children while practising. Gareth Simkins investigates