BIG ISSUE: The Environment Bill 

Everything you need to know about the Environment Bill, which sets out how the government intends to maintain environmental standards as the UK leaves the EU

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Environmental Law

Gove: Green watchdog ‘should be able to bite on climate change’

Gove: Green watchdog ‘should be able to bite on climate change’

Environment secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the forthcoming Environment Bill will be a “world first’ in its commitments to legally binding environmental targets, in a speech this morning

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Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England Action Plan: ‘We will reverse decades of decline’

Wildlife regulator Natural England has promised action to reverse decades of species decline in a key document published this morning, but acknowledges that funding constraints mean that it will have to ‘stop or slow’ some of its work

Environmental Politics

‘A tale of two governments’: Measures to slash emissions insufficient, say advisers

The government is facing a “get real moment” and must put in place bold plans to rein in greenhouse gas emissions quickly or face embarrassment as the likely host of a major international climate conference (COP26) next year, say its climate change advisers


‘Dad’s Army and ramshackle’: UK unprepared for 2 degree temperature rise, say advisers

The UK should be gearing up for a 4°C rise in average temperatures but is not prepared even for a 2°C increase, according to the government’s independent climate change advisers

Environmental Politics

Johnson pledges to ‘consecrate and advance’ current DEFRA agenda

Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson has lauded DEFRA’s current agenda and pledged to “consecrate and advance” it should he become the next prime minister


Brexit Brexit Hub

Why Brexit risks trashing the UK’s green protections

Why Brexit risks trashing the UK’s green protections

With the Conservative leadership candidates pledging to bring the UK out of the EU, deal or no deal, green groups warn that changes to a raft of secondary legislation risk undermining protections. Simon Pickstone investigates

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: 8 things you need to know about how it is shaping up

Six months after the first part of the draft Environment Bill was published, Environment Agency board minutes have revealed new details about how the legislation is taking shape

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Will the Tory leadership race derail the government’s ‘green Brexit’ plans?

With the Conservative Party leadership contest expected to last until July, key parts of the government’s environmental agenda have been put on ice. Simon Pickstone asks what the delay could mean for green policy

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Parliament Brexit Hub

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

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