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Land, Ecology & Development

Just half of England’s local sites managed with nature conservation in mind

Councils in England have reported just less than half of their local sites are being managed to maintain or enhance their nature conservation value, according to new data released by DEFRA

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Land, Ecology & Development

Make big polluters pay for landscape restoration, say government’s climate change advisers

The government must make big polluters pay for major tree planting projects and force SSSI landowners and water companies to restore peatlands if the UK is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the Committee on Climate Change

Land, Ecology & Development

England’s regulators declare joint ‘low carbon, high nature’ vision

The chairs of England’s three environmental regulators have responded to today’s Committee on Climate Change’s land use report by outlining 'a shared vision' and practical commitments for tackling what they describe as 'the climate and biodiversity emergencies'

Land, Ecology & Development

Boris Johnson: Ministerial ‘Dyno-Rod’ will sort out nitrates crisis

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he believes there is 'a way forward' on solving the nitrates crisis currently affecting the south coast of England

Products & Chemicals

ECHA names four new substances of very high concern

The European Chemicals Agency has added four chemicals to its list of substances of very high concern and has also proposed restrictions on 4,000 chemicals used in tattoo inks

Environmental Law

Third conviction and disqualification for Newhaven waste siblings

A brother and sister who stockpiled a huge quantity of waste at their premises in East Sussex have been disqualified from being company directors for three years and ordered to pay £33,000

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Land, Ecology & Development

Committee on Climate Change’s net zero land report: 10 things you need to know

Committee on Climate Change’s net zero land report: 10 things you need to know

The UK must act now to reduce emissions from agriculture, land use and peatlands if it is to reach net zero by 2050, according to the government’s climate change advisers. Here are 10 things you need to know about the advisers’ new report, published today

Landfill

Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Why an appeal over landfill ‘fluff’ could have major implications for the waste sector

Legal experts agree that an Upper Tribunal decision on landfill ‘fluff’, could have far-reaching implications for the waste industry. Conor McGlone reports

Climate change

Johnson’s COP26 pledge prompts scepticism from green groups

Claims made by prime minister Boris Johnson that the UK will seek to introduce ‘enforceable limits’ to greenhouse gas emissions ‘for the whole world’ at this year’s UN climate summit have been greeted with scepticism from green groups

Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England species licensing data in 3 charts

Natural England species licensing data in 3 charts

Natural England issued more than 6,000 species licences across 2018. Here's what you need to know

Environmental Politics

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

The government advisors’ seventh annual report, published this week, offered some strongly-worded criticism of the government’s flagship green plans, including the environment and agriculture bills. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s key demands

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

A planning inspector has asked a council to withdraw its local plan, asserting that its approach to air pollution and its effects on protected habitats is flawed. James Agyepong-Parsons looks at what went wrong

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