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10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories this week: Boris Johnson signals new waste bill in the works, Government halts HS2 ancient woodland clearances, Environment minister Pow takes on waste, climate, nature... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Policymakers being misled on climate risk, say experts

Policymakers have been given economic assessments of climate change impacts that omit the biggest risks, according to a group of experts including the economist who produced a landmark government-commissioned report on the economic risks of global warming

Environmental Law

Landfill operator to pay £55,000 for serial permit breaches

The operators of a landfill site in central Wales have been ordered to pay £55,520 for a long-running series of environmental permit breaches

Waste

Scotland pushes landfill ban back to 2025

The Scottish government has delayed its ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste until 2025, saying that the industry would not be ready in time to meet the original 2021 deadline

Brexit Hub Land, Ecology & Development

Replace CAP with £3bn nature fund, government told

EU agricultural subsidies should be replaced with billions of pounds of new funding to help farmers contribute to the UK’s climate and biodiversity goals, according to three nature groups

Waste

EA rules change: Radioactive materials can be kept longer due to Brexit

The Environment Agency (EA) has extended regulatory position statements (RPS) allowing radioactive substances and waste to be held in excess of permitted amounts until April 2020

Latest analysis

The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state

Policy

Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Two large industries are about to undergo a review of their environmental compliance rules – how will it work and what does the future hold for IED installations in the UK?

Land, Ecology & Development

How habitats rules stymied the extension of an offshore wind farm

How habitats rules stymied the extension of an offshore wind farm

Seven UK offshore wind farm extension projects were approved to progress to the next stage of the development process at the end of last month, but the Crown Estate dropped an eighth from its plans after undertaking a habitats assessment. Jim Dunton looks into the decision not to proceed with the Race Bank extension.

Environmental Politics

DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

With two new ministers and a new secretary of state, DEFRA’s new ministerial team has a very different look compared to the one run by Michael Gove before the summer. Rachel Salvidge examines what the new recruits might mean for the future of environmental policy

Brexit Hub Land, Ecology & Development

Are freeports threatening to shrink the scope of environmental assessments?

Are freeports threatening to shrink the scope of environmental assessments?

A push for lighter touch regulation by a coalition of ports has resurrected old fears that environmental protections are under attack again. James Fair reports

Waste

‘Free-wheeling chaos’: How should plastic waste management be reformed?

‘Free-wheeling chaos’: How should plastic waste management be reformed?

Four experts considered how producers of plastic waste should be made to pay for its collection and treatment at a major recycling and waste management conference this week. Gareth Simkins reports

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