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Land, Ecology & Development

Could offshore wind farms be about to face further planning hurdles?

Could offshore wind farms be about to face further planning hurdles?

Around 1,900 turbines are in operation or in the pipeline near the Flamborough to Filey Coast SPA off the North Yorkshire coast. As the North Sea gets increasingly crowded, concerns are growing over... Read more

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Water

Thames Water puts £700m in construction contracts out to tender

Thames Water has released details of new construction programmes relating to its water network and treatment plants estimated to be worth £700m

Friends of the Earth CEO appointed as head of Wildlife Trusts

Craig Bennett, the head of campaign group Friends of the Earth, is set to take on a new role as chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts next year

Industrial emissions

Software failure costs Total £36,000 for ETS error

Oil and gas company Total E&P has paid a five-figure sum after an error crept into one of its offshore platform’s greenhouse gas emissions calculations

Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England approves destruction of thousands of duck eggs over ‘threat to cyclists’

Natural England has given permission for the destruction of 4,500 mallard eggs over three years to prevent ducks “walking out in front of cyclists” and causing accidents

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill should mandate ‘national healthy air plan’, says ClientEarth

A series of recommendations to bolster the Environment Bill’s limited provisions on air quality were heard at Environmental Protection UK’s annual conference yesterday

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Environmental Politics

How green is Jo Swinson?

How green is Jo Swinson?

The Lib Dem leader has voted in favour of fracking and selling off state-owned forests but more recently Swinson appears to have developed greener sensitivies. James Fair reports

Water

Why official data could show a decline in England’s water quality

Why official data could show a decline in England’s water quality

A delay to the publication of a critical river health report and criticism of sampling methods have led observers to question whether DEFRA is obfuscating over the state of England’s water bodies and if the true picture is worse than currently thought. Rachel Salvidge investigates

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Government waters down green non-regression pledge, UK set to miss 2020 environment goals, Council rejects Ox-Cam expressway plan on climate grounds

Water

Water pollution: Britain's 7 largest payouts

Water pollution: Britain's 7 largest payouts

Companies that pollute water bodies can be fined through the courts or offer voluntary enforcement undertakings to the environment agencies to avoid criminal sanctions. Here are seven of the biggest water penalties recorded in the ENDS Fines Monitor database

Water

England’s bathing water quality in 3 charts

England’s bathing water quality in 3 charts

The number of bathing waters in England reaching the required water quality standard rose this year, with the majority being classified as ‘excellent’, according to Environment Agency figures

Environmental Law

Enforcement undertakings: Britain's 10 largest settlements

Enforcement undertakings: Britain's 10 largest settlements

Since 2015, companies that commit certain offences under environmental permitting regulations have been able to offer voluntary enforcement undertakings (EUs) to the environment agencies to avoid criminal sanctions. Conor McGlone looks through some of the largest settlements

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