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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

Will divergence in the UK have a ‘chilling effect’ on environmental standards?

The Internal Market Bill could undermine devolution and pave the way for a ‘race to the bottom’ on green standards, fear experts. David Burrows reports

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Power station environmental permits reviewed to reduce emissions

Natural Resources Wales has completed a review of the environmental permits for five large-scale power stations in a bid to drive down their emissions

Environmental Law

EXCLUSIVE: Deregulation has undermined UK environmental objectives, finds report

A decade of ideologically-driven deregulation has left environmental destruction, poorer public health, less energy efficient homes and polluted water in its wake, according to an analysis from campaign group Unchecked UK


Air pollution in run up to Kissi-Debrah death should have been declared a public health emergency, says council expert

Lewisham Council, the home of a nine-year-old girl who died in 2013 following multiple severe asthma attacks, acted at a 'glacial pace' over air pollution, despite knowing the risks, an inquest has heard


Pollution tracker: 10 of the worst pollution incidents reported this autumn

Updated regularly: ENDS’ pollution tracker logs some of the worst pollution incidents taking place across the UK. The latest update includes news of a mystery fish kill, sewage floods and a catastrophic peat landslide

Planning & land use

‘Ministerial whim’: Shapps faces legal challenge over Stonehenge tunnel

Campaigners have launched a legal challenge against government plans to build a two-mile tunnel under Stonehenge



Coronavirus and air quality: What we know so far

Coronavirus and air quality: What we know so far

The novel coronavirus can spread on atmospheric particulates, exposure to which weakens the human body and makes contracting the virus more likely. But lockdowns have also led to cleaner air and even more solar power production. Here’s what you need to know

Planning & land use

Fact checker: Will a road tunnel improve Stonehenge's environment?

Brexit Hub Enforcement

DEFRA’s new Environmental Governance Secretariat: 12 things you need to know

An interim green watchdog will be operational until at least summer next year while the Environment Bill completes its passage through parliament, the environment secretary confirmed this week. Here’s what you need to know

Brexit Hub Regulation

Where is the UK’s emissions trading scheme?

The UK will drop out of the EU’s emissions trading scheme at the end of the year and details of a UK replacement are scant. The clock is ticking, reports David Burrows

Brexit Hub Enforcement

Watchdog or lapdog? Will the Office for Environmental Protection secure independence?

Government amendments to the environment bill have brought the independence of the Office for Environmental Protection into question before its work has even begun. Catherine Early reports

Brexit Hub Legislation

Return of the Environment Bill: 10 things you need to know

The Environment Bill has returned to parliament after an eight-month hiatus but will not receive royal assent until July next year at the earliest. Here’s what you need to know

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