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Environmental Politics

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

Nationally determined contributions, like the UK’s new 68% emissions reduction commitment, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Here’s what you need to know

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Environmental Politics

‘Astonished and appalled’: MP tries to change phosphate rules

The North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has tabled amendments to the Environment Bill that could severely weaken the strength of phosphate planning rules along the EU-protected River Wye and allow local authorities to ‘disregard any impact’ from development, provoking anger among environmentalists

Major incidents

Four dead after explosion at wastewater works

Four people have died and another has been injured after an anaerobic digester exploded at a wastewater treatment works in Bristol

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson’s 68% emissions reduction target ‘only part of the equation’

The UK’s plan to achieve a 68% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, among the most ambitious targets in the world, should drive diplomatic efforts ahead of COP26. But it must be accompanied swiftly by the equally ambitious policies needed to deliver it, say experts and the government’s own auditors

Environmental Politics

Cash-strapped councils ‘need £1.5bn to deliver on green pledges’

Skills and funding shortages, combined with a lack of wider support from the central government, are holding back English local authorities from delivering on green pledges, according to a report from Green Alliance

Land, Ecology & Development

IN PICTURES: The destruction of the river Lugg that left campaigners furious

A SSSI has been bulldozed into a sterile canal, obliterating wildlife, according to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, which has demanded swift action from environmental regulators. ENDS takes a look at the incident in pictures

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Water pollution

Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

A clean up of historic water pollution from metal mines is entering a new phase, but there is much work to do to reduce the damage to an estimated 1,500km rivers in England alone. Catherine Early reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

The Internal Market Bill could undermine devolution and pave the way for a ‘race to the bottom’ on green standards, fear experts. David Burrows reports

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA’s Environmental Land Management scheme: 9 things you need to know

DEFRA’s Environmental Land Management scheme: 9 things you need to know

DEFRA has outlined its long-term plans to reform English agricultural subsidies over the next seven years. Here’s what you need to know

Brexit Hub Plastics

Is Westminster dragging its feet on banning single-use plastics?

Is Westminster dragging its feet on banning single-use plastics?

England has banned plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers but appears reluctant to go further on single-use plastics, risking falling behind Scotland and Wales and creating a confusing UK market. David Burrows reports

Regulation

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

Air

Coronavirus and air quality: What we know so far

Coronavirus and air quality: What we know so far

The novel coronavirus can spread on atmospheric particulates, exposure to which weakens the human body and makes contracting the virus more likely. But lockdowns have also led to cleaner air and even more solar power production. Here’s what you need to know

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