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  • Clumber Park: Focus of row between fracking firm and National Trust. Photograph: Steve Bradley/123RF

    National Trust taken to court over shale stance

    The Oil and Gas Authority has given fracking and chemicals firm Ineos permission to take National Trust to court over its refusal to allow it access to its Clumber Park estate for shale surveys

  • Boris Johnson

    Johnson: EIA will be ‘our decision’

    Foreign secretary identifies environmental impact assessment as an area in which the UK ‘will be able to do our own thing’ following Britain’s exit from the EU

  • Sea floor after alleged dredging

    Illegal dredging uncovered in Scotland

    Environmental groups says more work is needed to monitor fishing vessels after illegal dredging was uncovered in a protected area

  • Salt marshes at Poole, Dorset. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

    Protected coast habitat rapidly being lost

    The UK has lost swathes of protected intertidal habitat since 1945 and continues to lose at least 60 hectares every year, according to a study by the RSPB

  • Scottish parliament building, Edinburgh. Photograph: Alexey Fedorenko/123RF

    Cuts put Scotland’s climate targets ‘at risk’

    Budget cuts put Scotland’s climate targets in jeopardy despite an overall increase in spending on climate mitigation, and funding for biodiversity is insufficient, warn MSPs

  • Cotswolds rural landscape. Photograph: David Ronald Head/123RF

    25-year plan: 10 things you need to know

    10 things you need to know about the 25-year plan, including a promised chemicals strategy and proposals to end ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042

  • Great crested newt. Photograph: Aloyzas Balbierius/123RF

    25-year plan: Net gain principle mooted

    The government has announced plans to embed a ‘net environmental gain’ principle for housing and infrastructure development in its 25-year environment plan

  • Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA

    Brexit puts ‘significant strain’ on DEFRA

    Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office

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