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MAPPED: The UK areas that breached air pollution limits in 2019

MAPPED: The UK areas that breached air pollution limits in 2019

New official figures show that three-quarters of the UK’s air quality reporting zones charted illegal levels of air pollution in 2019, according to an analysis by activist lawyers ClientEarth

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Transport emissions

DfT in court over environmental impacts of ‘largest-ever’ road-building programme

Campaigners are today taking the Department for Transport to the High Court over its plans for the 'largest-ever' roads programme

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice: Green groups have ‘misunderstood’ controversial watchdog amendment

Environment secretary George Eustice has defended the government’s move to enable it to direct the nascent Office for Environmental Protection’s enforcement policy via an amendment to the Environment Bill, describing it as a 'very normal standard clause'

Air

Almost half a million UK workers exposed to dangerous air pollution, finds research

Up to 440,000 workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to poor air quality in the industrial workplace in the UK, new research has found

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice borrows £536k to expedite green watchdog

DEFRA is seeking a cash advance of £536,000 so it can set up the new Office for Environmental Protection before the Environment Bill, which contains the legal framework for the watchdog, receives royal assent

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

MPs ‘concerned’ by interim green watchdog’s role and powers

The chairs of two environmental select committees have called on DEFRA to provide transparency around the independence, role and powers of the 'stop-gap environmental regulator' it intends to set up in January 2021

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Waste

Incineration vs landfill: Why the debate over carbon intensity is far from over

Incineration vs landfill: Why the debate over carbon intensity is far from over

Energy from waste plants have long been preferred as a destination for rubbish over landfill sites, but are they really the most low carbon option? Waste management policy decisions made now will set the level of greenhouse gas impacts for the next generation, reports David Burrows

Transport emissions

Clean Air Day 2020: How has Covid-19 affected NO2 levels at London's most polluted sites?

Earlier this year, at the height of the pandemic’s first wave, ENDS began tracking the impact of Covid-19 lockdown measures on nitrogen dioxide levels at London’s most polluted sites. On Clean Air Day, we revisit the data to find out whether pollution has returned to pre-pandemic levels

Water pollution

Death on the Wye: Is chicken manure destroying the ecology of the river?

The polluted state of the river Wye hit the headlines this year. Campaigners say chicken farms are to blame and NRW has launched a review but is it likely to satisfy anyone? Adam Branson investigates

Brexit Hub Legislation

6 things you need to know about the Office for Environmental Protection

Concerns over the recruitment of the chair of the post-Brexit green watchdog are reaching a head. The body, required under the Environment Bill, will replace some of the oversight functions of the European Commission when it is finally established. Here’s what we know so far

EIA Benchmarking Monitor Land, Ecology & Development

Is the government’s EIA reform plan based on a ‘badly-evidenced hatchet job’?

The government’s rhetoric on overhauling the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regime has alarmed professionals, although most agree it could be improved. Catherine Early reports

Brexit Hub Air

‘Grasping at the stars’: Will DEFRA commit to stringent air quality targets?

The government has signalled how it might set long term air quality targets as required under the Environment Bill but given its record on tackling air pollution, some doubt the final goals will be ambitious enough. David Burrows reports

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