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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... Read more

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Flooding

Regulator pledges to ‘learn lessons’ after felled trees cause flooding

The Welsh nature regulator has promised to review its operations after trees it felled in a bid to tackle larch disease appear to have caused flooding in the town of Pentre in South Wales

Land, Ecology & Development

Sustainable drainage plans help development near protected site win planning appeal

Outline planning permission for 85 homes opposite an EU-protected site has been granted on appeal after the inspector said she was satisfied that the proposed mitigation measures agreed with Natural England would eliminate the pollution impacts from surface water runoff

Anaerobic digestion

Digestate lagoon close to collapse, warns local councillor

A lagoon in Plaistow containing thousands of cubic metres of digestate is at risk of overflowing due to recent extreme rainfall, posing a major threat to people and the environment, according to a local councillor

Water quality

Water firm to expedite river clean-up following local pressure

A water company has pledged to find a solution this year that will prevent raw sewage being discharged into a river popular with swimmers, despite the Environment Agency saying it would take around a decade before anything could be done

Land, Ecology & Development

‘Enough is enough’: Conservationists urge salmon farm regulatory crackdown

The current system for approving salmon farms in Scotland must be overhauled and the industry properly regulated, say activists, who have warned that they will campaign for a complete boycott of Scottish farmed salmon products unless measures are urgently put in place

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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

Environmental Politics

How green is George Eustice?

How green is George Eustice?

Our new environment secretary has a strong record of standing up for farming interests, though this green credentials are less clear. Gareth Simkins takes a look at his political record to date

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