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Biodiversity / conservation

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

After a decade of cuts, Natural England has been given a boost to its budget. How will it spend the new money and is it enough to bend the curve on the UK’s catastrophic nature decline? Danny Halpin reports... Read more

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Waste

13 permit breaches found at controversial landfill

The operator of a notorious landfill, which has been the subject of thousands of complaints over odour issues, breached its permit at least 13 times over the first quarter of 2021

Water pollution

Anglian Water pays out £100,000 to charity for two water pollution incidents

The Environment Agency has revealed details of an enforcement undertaking in which Anglian Water agreed to pay two charities £50,000 each for two separate pollution incidents

Environmental Politics

Natural England sets out how it will spend its £198 million budget

Natural England has published details of how it will spend its boosted budget, with delivering Environment Bill policy and the Nature Recovery Network top of the list

Regulation

Farm pays out £25,000 to wildlife charity after unlicensed water abstraction

An Essex farm has donated £25,000 to Essex Wildlife Trusts after an Environment Agency investigation found it to be abstracting water during a period of dry weather

Air

‘War is looming’: Government’s response to air pollution death branded a disgrace

A series of measures to tackle air pollution announced in response to a coroner’s report into the death of a nine-year-old girl have been dismissed by campaigners as ‘nothing but old commitments’

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Water resources, efficiency

Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

The planning approval given to a Hampshire reservoir reveals the tough decisions that will need to be made in the face of projected water shortages. Does the protection of chalk streams justify the destruction of ancient woodland? Catherine Early reports

Environmental Politics

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

A wealth of new measures were included in the government’s response to Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity, from greener schools to applying net gain to major infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

G7 summit: 9 things you need to know

G7 summit: 9 things you need to know

Green groups have welcomed many of the environmental initiatives announced as part of the G7 summit over the weekend, but with many commitments short on detail they have called for the pledges to be followed up by solid policies. Here’s what you need to know

Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates

Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports

Biodiversity / conservation

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Natural England is to lead a new task force aimed at bringing back lost and dwindling species, but many questions remain unanswered. Wil Crisp reports

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