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Brexit Hub Agriculture & forestry

‘Something has gone very wrong’: Villiers targets environmental impact of land use

‘Something has gone very wrong’: Villiers targets environmental impact of land use

The UK must radically rethink how it produces food if it is to fight climate change and reverse the decline of nature, Theresa Villiers has said in her first major intervention since becoming... Read more

Latest news

SEPA to order upgrades at Fife chemical complex

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has slammed Shell and ExxonMobil’s plans to upgrade their linked installations in Fife, which have been the subject of frequent public complaints about flaring

Regulation

EA eyes use of incentives in environmental regulation

The Environment Agency has launched a research project to explore the potential use of incentives within environmental regulation

Land, Ecology & Development

Council sets out plan to unlock homes in limbo after nitrates advice

A council that was forced to halt housebuilding by Natural England advice on nitrates has set out plans to unlock new homes by creating a new offset system under which credits will be awarded when existing homes are made more water efficient

Air Brexit Hub

The ENDS Report Brexit Library: live table

Click through to view a sortable and regularly updated table of key Brexit-related policy, legislation and guidance documents published by the UK government, devolved administrations and the European Commission

Water pollution

Howard Boyd: ‘We do not let farmers pollute rivers’

Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd has defended the regulator against claims it is letting farmers pollute rivers by failing to enforce new rules to protect waterways against diffuse pollution from agriculture

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Waste

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone

Air

Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

Why a council plans to bulldoze homes to hit air quality targets

A Welsh council’s decision to buy and demolish a row of 20 homes in a bid to meet its clean-air obligations sounds like satire, but the move has the backing of the Welsh Government and at least some of the local community. Jim Dunton asks whether other areas could follow Caerphilly’s lead

Waste

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

With an anaerobic digester spill killing 10,000 fish in Devon this month and the wider industry receiving flak for growing maize for feedstock, James Fair asks whether the booming low-carbon technology is ultimately good for the environment

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Waste

Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

The EA’s plans to toughen the regulation of waste exports and tighten checks at ports have been welcomed by the sector, but do they go far enough? Conor McGlone reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

New environment secretary Theresa Villiers has been hailed as one of the 'heroes of Brexit'. But are her eurosceptic credentials compatible with her pledge to protect and restore the natural environment? Simon Pickstone investigates

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