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Legislation

Could net-zero carbon halt Heathrow expansion?

Could net-zero carbon halt Heathrow expansion?

The government has admitted that building a third runway at Britain’s largest airport may be incompatible with achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Gareth Simkins looks into the implications

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Land, Ecology & Development

General bird kill licensing consultation planned for Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage has announced it will launch a consultation on the general bird kill licensing system in Scotland earlier than planned, in a bid to avoid legal action and the ensuing controversy currently being experienced by Natural England

Water

Sea level rise could hit 2m within 80 years, says new study

Previous predictions of a one metre global sea level rise by 2100 have been thrown into doubt following a new study showing that accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica could double the figure with “profound consequences for humanity”

Prosecutions

Oil firm fined £1.2m for ‘catastrophic’ methane release

Marathon Oil UK has been fined £1.16m after corroded gas pipework ruptured four years ago, causing severe damage to its Brae Alpha offshore platform

Industrial emissions

Pay up for flaring incident, council tells ExxonMobil

“Appropriate and substantial compensation” should be paid to individuals and communities affected by sustained flaring at ExxonMobil’s Fife ethylene plant, according to local councillors

Global negotiations

IMO brings forward ship greenhouse gas targets

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction requirements for new ships, while its failure to take other action on climate has been compared to ‘rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic’

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Land, Ecology & Development

Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids

Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids

A council claims the ‘devastating’ destruction of thousands orchids was the unfortunate consequence of a drainage works project, but the local wildlife NGO says the affair was bungled. Adam Branson reports

Land, Ecology & Development

Why MPs believe the Japanese knotweed threat is being overplayed

Why MPs believe the Japanese knotweed threat is being overplayed

An inquiry has found that the effects of Japanese knotweed have been exaggerated and are unduly hindering property sales and undermining their value. Conor McGlone investigates

Parliament Brexit Hub

European elections: Who’s who on environmental policy

European elections: Who’s who on environmental policy

With the European elections fast approaching, Simon Pickstone looks at where some of the UK's top candidates stand on environmental issues

Land, Ecology & Development

10 things you need to know about the Environment Agency’s risk management plans

10 things you need to know about the Environment Agency’s risk management plans

In preparation for a 4°C rise in global temperature, increased flooding and rising sea levels, the Environment Agency (EA) has set out a new approach to flood risk management, involving new standards for infrastructure, developments and communities

Waste

Can the UK ban biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025?

Can the UK ban biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025?

The Committee on Climate Change wants a ban on biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025, but is it feasible? Conor McGlone investigates

Brexit

European elections: Will the UK be a lame duck in EU environmental policymaking?

European elections: Will the UK be a lame duck in EU environmental policymaking?

The UK will now definitely take part in this month's European elections, but whether it will wield any influence in EU decisions on key environmental files remains hotly contested. Simon Pickstone investigates

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