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EXCLUSIVE: Why DEFRA’s air quality monitoring regime is ‘systemically failing’

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Several DEFRA air pollution monitors are ‘failing’ to adequately monitor and report nitrogen dioxide pollution, according to ENDS’ analysis of official data from 29 monitors in England’s top ten biggest cities... Read more

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Manchester seeks to abandon clean air zone charges

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has outlined plans for an ‘investment-led, non-charging’ clean air zone that would push back compliance with air quality standards to 2026


Environmental Principles Policy Statement: 5 things you need to know

The government has published its long-awaited environmental principles policy statement, intended to guide ministers when making policy across Whitehall. But how is it different from what has come before? Here’s what you need to know

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Green sector warns of 'downgrading' of the precautionary principle

DEFRA’s environmental principles policy statement has been attacked as being substantially weaker than the legal principles which underpinned environmental protections before Brexit, with green groups warning of a ‘downgrading’ of the precautionary principle


OEP lambasts DEFRA for ‘frequent failure’ to meet environmental targets

An urgent environmental 'stocktake' and an injection of clear accountability for meeting targets is required to bring the UK’s natural world back from dangerous tipping points, the Office for Environmental Protection has said in its first major report


Environment Agency throws full support behind DEFRA’s controversial targets

The Environment Agency is cheerleading DEFRA's proposed new targets for wildlife, air, water and waste despite green groups reacting to the same goals with dismay


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ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Missing bees, England's dirty bathing waters, and microplastics in make-up

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Listen as the ENDS Report team examines DEFRA's elusive environmental principles, the questionable justifications for a new Cumbrian coal mine, the fate of the UK's plastic waste, the town with the worst air pollution, why bathing water data should be treated with suspicion, and why more cosmetics than you'd think contain microplastics


Are DEFRA's proposed air quality targets ‘scandalous’?

Consultants, NGOs and industry groups alike have slammed DEFRA’s proposals for curbing fine particulate pollution and the manner in which DEFRA has conducted its consultation on them. Gareth Simkins investigates


Clean air zones: Could political tensions see some plans stuck in the slow lane?

The latter half of 2021 saw cities across the country implement their clean air plans. However, with the first quarter of 2022 behind us, it has become clear that progress has not always been smooth, with political tensions coming to the surface. Pippa Neill reports

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ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Beaver fever, dirty air, and chalk streams in crisis

Listen as the ENDS Report team examines DEFRA's plans to tackle toxic air, how nutrient pollution is hobbling housebuilding, why beavers are making a comeback, the shocking health of 'England's rainforests', and why there's something nasty lurking in those nappies - and it's not what you think


Can the Environment Agency ever overcome waste crime?

MPs have said the regulator is ‘no longer feared but mocked’ and that it does not have the teeth to tackle waste crime, which is ‘on the rise and increasingly complex and serious in nature’. Catherine Early reports


Interview: Delivering a huge road-building programme in the face of the climate crisis

National Highways is a major owner of land in England and is currently carrying out one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects. How does a huge road building project make peace with the drive to go greener? Its new director of environmental sustainability, Stephen Elderkin, spoke to ENDS

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