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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

The UK is out of the EEA. What happens next?

The UK is out of the EEA. What happens next?

Upon leaving the EU on 1 February, the UK also lost its membership of the bloc’s executive agencies, including the European Environment Agency. Here’s what you need to know

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Air

Dramatic drop in air pollution exceedances in London attributed to policy

Introducing electric taxis and buses, the ultra-low emission zone and other interventions over the past four years have slashed nitrogen dioxide pollution in London, according to official figures.

Land, Ecology & Development

Advisers demand new resilience standards as more houses planned for high risk areas

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) have backed the introduction of national standards for flood resilience in England, while a new study has revealed that a tenth of new homes in England are being built on land at high risk of flooding

Tony Juniper: ‘Reintroducing lynx could restore ecosystems’

The chair of Natural England Tony Juniper has said publicly that the reintroduction of the 'inspiring' wild lynx would help keep deer numbers down and restore ecosystems

Land, Ecology & Development

‘Unacceptable risks’: Environment regulators object to major development near protected area

Natural England and the Environment Agency have strongly objected to proposals for a 780-home development in south Hampshire highlighting ‘significant risks’ to groundwater and detrimental impacts to waders and geese

Global negotiations

‘Hopelessly weak’: Scepticism over draft global biodiversity plan as talks in Rome begin

As governments meet in Rome to begin drawing up a new plan to tackle biodiversity loss, green groups have warned that global ambition needs to be increased significantly if nature is to be protected

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Q&A: What’s at stake for the environment in post-Brexit talks

Q&A: What’s at stake for the environment in post-Brexit talks

With member states expected to sign off on the EU’s negotiating mandate for negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship next week, ENDS takes a look at what the talks mean for green standards - and what they don’t

Land, Ecology & Development

The benefits of letting beavers loose in England's rivers

The benefits of letting beavers loose in England's rivers

An evaluation of a first-of-a-kind beaver project in Devon has found that the biodiversity and flood management benefits that Eurasian beavers bring to English landscapes far out outweigh any negatives, but some farmers are concerned about their impact on farmland. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Waste

‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

‘Blank cheque’: The proposed EA charging powers that have alarmed the waste industry

Provisions within the Environment Bill could extend the Environment Agency’s charging powers in relation to waste operations, with experts anticipating that they will primarily be used for investigating permit breaches. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

The European Commission has promised a radical transformation of the EU economy with a wide-ranging decarbonisation plan. How will the proposals affect UK businesses?

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Dismay after UK loses EEA membership; Eustice: ‘Sensible’ deal with EU possible without green alignment; Environment Agency ordered to publish information on river monitoring

Global negotiations

Who is the new COP president Alok Sharma?

Who is the new COP president Alok Sharma?

A surprise choice to lead the crucial UN climate talks in November, business secretary Alok Sharma previously served as international development secretary. ENDS takes you through what you need to know

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