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Water pollution

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

The water sector must investigate more than 700 sewer outfalls to find out why they are dumping raw sewage into rivers so frequently and improve hundreds more by 2025 in an attempt to improve water quality, but which firms have the biggest task ahead? Asks Rachel Salvidge... Read more

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Regulation

Permitting delays jeopardise industry preparations for new rules, says trade body

Permitting delays at the Environment Agency are making it difficult for businesses in the biowaste sector to prepare for the significant changes they must implement to comply with impending EU rules, according to the Association for Renewable Energy and clean technology

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice warns of dangers of overarching green targets

Environment secretary George Eustice has set out his intention to set multiple legally binding targets for water quality, air quality, biodiversity and waste, saying that composite goals 'miss certain things'

Environmental Politics

Lords support green amendments to Agriculture Bill

The House of Lords last night voted through a number of amendments to the Agriculture Bill relating to pesticide use, food import standards and climate change targets

Environmental Politics

‘Delay, digression and divergence’: DEFRA’s farm funding scheme puts nature at risk, warns NGOs

The environment secretary George Eustice has been told by 17 conservation organisations that changes and delays to agricultural funding arrangements by DEFRA are negatively impacting farming policy and risk jeopardising its new nature payments scheme, which they say is ‘lagging behind schedule’

Land, Ecology & Development

Government sets up new planning design body

The MHCLG has appointed the co-chair of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission to spearhead a new advisory design body to help ensure that ‘beauty, design and high environmental standards’ become ‘fundamental to every planning application’ in England

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Water quality

MAPPED: England's healthiest – and most polluted – rivers

MAPPED: England's healthiest – and most polluted – rivers

The proportion of England’s rivers in good ecological health has plateaued at 14%, according to official classifications published last week, while the status of more than 100 has been rated as ‘bad’. Use ENDS’ map to view the locations of these water bodies

Water pollution

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

Green group’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when DEFRA published its overdue river health classifications revealing that not one water body in England could be deemed as being in good condition. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

EA raid on underground bunker yields drug factory; Environment Bill: Why setting legally binding nature targets is not going to be easy; Feargal Sharkey set to launch legal action against government over water

Land, Ecology & Development

Is DEFRA being dishonest about biodiversity goals?

Is DEFRA being dishonest about biodiversity goals?

Some say DEFRA is exaggerating its performance against global goals as nature continues its freefall and species extinctions accelerate. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Environmental Politics

Critical biodiversity stocktake: 16 things you need to know about the collective failure of governments

Critical biodiversity stocktake: 16 things you need to know about the collective failure of governments

A major United Nations nature report highlights how global failure to achieve international biodiversity targets set 10 years ago is contributing to species extinctions which are accelerating at an unprecedented rate

Water pollution

Pollution tracker: 13 of the worst pollution incidents reported in August

Pollution tracker: 13 of the worst pollution incidents reported in August

Updated monthly: ENDS’ new pollution tracker logs some of the worst pollution incidents taking place across the UK each month. The latest update includes news of diesel pouring into EU-protected sites following a rail accident, and a mysterious agent that killed 10,000 fish

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