Pow and Goldsmith bring with them the hope that the momentum brought to DEFRA by Gove will not be lost. But will they have a chance to make their mark?
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Why pollution in east London's river Lea is a huge and enduring problem, and what's being done to clean it up
How ink spills, deposits from disused mines and non-toxic tracer dyes have caused the UK's rivers to turn unnatural shades
With two new ministers and a new secretary of state, DEFRA’s new ministerial team has a very different look compared to the one run by Michael Gove before the summer. Rachel Salvidge examines what the new recruits might mean for the future of environmental policy
The government has pledged to put a net zero UK emissions target in law following advice from the Committee on Climate Change. Chris Stark, chief executive of the advisory body, is optimistic that the goal can be achieved
Projected costs for the HS2 rail link have risen to £78bn in 2015 prices, compared with the previously budgeted £55.7bn. A government-commissioned review has placed a huge question mark over its future. What are the implications for consultants?
The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state
Grouse moors are “criminal, unsustainable and environmentally damaging”, according to an RSPB report. Is this really the case?
The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project aims to restore a seagrass meadow's habitat and carbon-absorbing properties
Ned Westaway: A judgment rejecting Thames Water's attempt to lower is pollution penalty makes clear when companies can expect big fines and under what circumstances they can gain full credit for a guilty plea
Two large industries are about to undergo a review of their environmental compliance rules – how will it work and what does the future hold for IED installations in the UK?
There are growing signs that the UK government is seeking to diverge from EU green rules after Brexit, with particular pressure to water down nature protections. But how feasible would such changes be? Simon Pickstone investigates
A push for lighter touch regulation by a coalition of ports has resurrected old fears that environmental protections are under attack again. James Fair reports
The Treasury has handed DEFRA an extra £432m in its latest spending review but experts fear that very little will find its way to Natural England, which is bad news for domestic wildlife, developers and environmental consultants, finds Rachel Salvidge
Firms who turn waste into new products could be in line for significant extra costs as a result of the Environment Agency’s review of end-of-waste criteria. Conor McGlone investigates
Planning permission for new houses in South Hampshire has all but ground to a halt following Natural England advice on the damaging impact of extra nitrates on protected sites. But councils are now proposing solutions. Simon Pickstone investigates
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