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Coal

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run: 54 days without coal

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run: 54 days without coal

Updated daily: Britain has recorded its first coal-free month since the Industrial Revolution, having now gone without coal-fired generation for 54 consecutive days and counting... Read more

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Products & Chemicals

Brexit: UK could become a hazardous chemicals dumping ground, says NGO

Campaign group ChemTrust has said the wording of the UK draft agreement setting out its vision for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU could result in the country becoming a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals that are banned or restricted in the EU

Recycling

Exclusive: Waste giant says Covid-19 recycling impact could ‘undermine green recovery’

One of the UK’s largest waste firms has said the slump in oil prices brought about by the coronavirus pandemic threatens the profitability of plastic recycling and could 'undermine the green recovery'

Water pollution

EA turning ‘a blind eye’ to repeated sewage pollution, claims river group

The Environment Agency has ignored multiple raw sewage discharges into a Cotswolds river from two Thames Water treatment plants and has 'normalised pollution and environmental decline', a rivers group has claimed

Renewable energy

34-turbine offshore wind farm blocked over risk to marine navigation

Plans for a 34-turbine extension to a wind farm off the Kent coast have been refused planning permission by business secretary Alok Sharma, who concluded that developer Vattenfall’s proposals would pose an unacceptable risk to marine navigation

Regulation

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis

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Policy

Chancellor plans ‘green industrial revolution’

Chancellor plans ‘green industrial revolution’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to boost investment in clean energy to help create jobs in a bid to help people made redundant as a result of the pandemic back to work, according to reports

Air

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

Updated daily: Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of some lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Environmental Politics

On your radar: The updated post-pandemic policy and legislation calendar

On your radar: The updated post-pandemic policy and legislation calendar

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruption to the timetabling of crucial environmental policy and legislation. Click through to find out how key dates have shifted and when we can now expect key developments to take place

Biodiversity / conservation

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing scheme work with other animals?

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing  scheme work with other animals?

Natural England plans to roll out its district licensing scheme for great crested newts to other species such as bats, but not everyone believes it can it work. James Fair reports

Industrial emissions

Datacheck: Global emissions plummet as coronavirus lockdown bites

Global CO2 emissions fell by 17% in early April when many countries were locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study from the University of East Anglia

After Covid-19: Can the UK kickstart a 'green recovery'?

After Covid-19: Can the UK kickstart a 'green recovery'?

With lockdown restrictions easing, thoughts are turning to life after Covid-19 and whether the nation can ‘build back better’ or whether it will fall back on austerity to dig itself out of recession. Adam Branson reports

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