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Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature... Read more

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Environmental Politics

BEIS ‘drawing up greener industrial strategy’

The government is reportedly ripping up its industrial strategy and replacing it with one intended to focus on science, technology and meeting environmental objectives

Waste

Waste boss handed £179k confiscation order

The owner of a notorious waste firm has been told to pay back £179,000 of his unlawful profits, while avoiding imprisonment for concealing his assets

Waste

Sri Lanka returns hundreds of tonnes of hazardous waste to the UK

The Sri Lankan government says it is sending 21 shipping containers of waste back to the UK after customs officials found they contained hazardous material, in breach of international laws

Environmental Politics

PM pledges extra 4% of England’s land to be protected by 2030

The prime minister Boris Johnson has promised by 2030 to formally designate 4% of new land in England for nature’s recovery, bringing the total amount of protected land in the UK up to 30%, although environmentalists have warned that its figures are shaky at best

Energy EIA Benchmarking Monitor

EIA Benchmarking Monitor: live table

Our live table contains details of the latest EIA activity on major projects being decided via the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime for infrastructure schemes in England and Wales.

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Environmental Politics

How realistic is Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 net zero target?

How realistic is Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 net zero target?

A divide is widening between scientists allied to the activism group Extinction Rebellion who are are calling for more urgent action and scientists that advise the government who argue that current emissions reduction targets are already 'extremely ambitious', reports Conor McGlone

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

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

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

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