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  • Charging will help Natural England invest in processes to cope with increased demand. Photograph: Michael Lane/123RF

    Natural England to charge for licences

    Applicants for wildlife licences will be subject to charges by Natural England in a bid to plug funding gaps created by repeated cuts by central government

  • 310 UK aircraft operators could each save around £4,560 a year. Photograph: Shutterbas/123RF

    Small airlines’ EU ETS exemption to continue

    BEIS proposes maintaining small-scale aviation operators’ exemption from the aviation EU ETS as it implements EU amendments to the scheme

  • UK commits to working with UN to combat marine plastic waste. Photograph: Tetyana Kochneva/123RF

    Plastic litter cleanup pledge signed by UK

    The UK signed up to 13 resolutions at the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi including the control of plastic waste and fighting antimicrobial resistance

  • Agriculture is a major source of nitrates. Photograph: Kevin Eaves/123RF

    Nitrate pollution inquiry launched

    An inquiry into nitrate pollution has been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee, investigating the scale of the problem and its impacts on environment and human health

  • Bolderwood in the New Forest, Hampshire. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

    EA plans water pollution offences overhaul

    Natural capital assessments to measure the damage of water pollution could be used to guide enforcement undertakings in the future with other sectors eyed up

  • Impacts on natural capital assets needs factoring into investments, say experts. Photograph: Sergey Belov/123RF

    Finance sector ‘blind’ to natural capital risks

    Getting the financial sector on board is key to to the success of the natural capital approach, concludes a major internal conference in Edinburgh

  • More than 15,000 fish were killed. Photograph: Environment Agency

    Farmers fined £62,000 for polluting river

    A couple have been fined £62,000 for polluting a river with digestate in what the EA says is one of the worst pollution incidents to hit Herefordshire in the last 10 years

  • Photograph: Iakov Kalinin/123RF

    London groups receive air quality funding

    Anti-idling schemes, green walls and freight consolidation projects led by business groups have won £1m in support from the capital’s mayor

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