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London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are ...

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are

Updated daily: Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality... Read more

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Biodiversity / conservation

Natural England launches local natural capital maps

England’s nature regulator has published a series of natural capital atlases at the county and city scale to help it better understand the state of nature and assist it in delivering its duties

Air

Government advisers expect air pollution makes Covid-19 more severe

The government’s top air quality advisers say that a link between long-term exposure to air pollution and outcomes from coronavirus exposure is likely, though it is too early to reach firm conclusions

Air

SEPA queries Grangemouth emissions data

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency says that pollutant emissions data from Ineos’ Grangemouth petrochemicals complex since 2016 has not passed muster

Policy

‘A historic mistake’: Covid recovery must not lock in high carbon emissions, Sunak warned

The chairs of two cross-party House of Commons committees have written to chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him not to assemble coronavirus recovery packages that would lock the UK into high carbon emissions pathways and scupper any chances of the country hitting net zero by 2050

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Brexit: Eustice vows to uphold ‘high environmental protections’

Environment secretary George Eustice has reiterated his commitment to ensure environmental protections, animal welfare and food standards are not eroded as part of any trade deal

Analysis

Policy

Brexit talks: The trade deal pitfalls to avoid

Brexit talks: The trade deal pitfalls to avoid

Negotiations on a UK-EU trade deal are under way after weeks of stalemate. While green groups fear the consequences should parties fail to strike an agreement, commentators warn that trade deals are fraught with difficulties for the environment

Coal

Tracking Britain's coal-free run: record run ends at 67 days without coal

Updated daily: Britain's record coal-free run is over after 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes, following a coal unit running tests after essential maintenance. This had been the longest run without coal for Britain since 1882

Industrial emissions

Datacheck: Global emissions plummet as coronavirus lockdown bites

Global CO2 emissions fell by 17% in early April when many countries were locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study from the University of East Anglia

Land, Ecology & Development

How coronavirus is affecting the environmental consultancy market

Accreditation and permit work is steady but some sector-based work is drying up and consultancies are having to devise digital workarounds to undertake compliance checks. Adam Branson talks to consultants about operations under lockdown

Air

Focus on: London in lockdown

Infographic: Click through to see how measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic have reduced traffic on London’s streets, leading to marked reductions in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels at the capital’s most polluted sites

Green buildings

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

An expanded district heat scheme deriving warmth from an unlikely source is helping more than a thousand homes cut their energy bills in north London

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