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Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports... Read more

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Environmental Politics

PM’s regulatory taskforce plan: 16 things you need to know

The Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform, led by three prominent MPs, has put forward dozens of proposals for regulatory reform, including on chemicals, waste and farming. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

UK infrastructure bank opens for business with focus on net zero

The government’s UK Infrastructure Bank has officially opened for business, with the body’s ‘mission’ including a focus on meeting the government’s net zero emissions target, but a tension has been identified between economic and environmental objectives

Biodiversity / conservation

Natural England: Offshore wind expansion must deliver gains for nature

Natural England is reviewing its approach to offshore wind, committing to enhancing nature and protecting the natural environment from the pressures presented by each new offshore wind development

Environmental Politics

PM’s taskforce backs rewriting UK regulation

A team led by MPs Theresa Villiers, Iain Duncan Smith and George Freeman have backed a ‘bold’ vision to fundamentally reform the UK’s regulatory systems, stepping away from the EU’s ‘Napoleonic’ approach to law

Heat

Make heat pumps free for poorer households, government told

Low-income households should be provided with free heat pumps and insulation in a bid to stimulate the market for low-carbon heating, experts have told the government

Analysis

Industrial emissions

Infographic: Focus on the UK's biggest polluters

Infographic: Focus on the UK's biggest polluters

Pollutant releases to air in the UK in 2019 were up slightly compared with the previous year, but have almost halved over the past decade, according to data contained in DEFRA’s UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Climate change

Data check: The pathway to net zero

The Committee on Climate Change said in April that the delivery of the sixth carbon budget will be a challenge for government and society and that its interest in setting targets will now decline, while its 'fascination with delivery increases'

Nuclear power

Fact checker: Are Sellafield beaches safe?

The Environment Agency has reported that radioactive objects found on the beaches around Sellafield posed a 'very low' risk to health

Environmental Law

Interview: What Erin Brockovich thinks about cover-ups, gaslighting and 'ass-backwards regulation'

It’s been more than two decades since Erin Brockovich proved PG&E was poisoning a Californian town and she’s been holding polluters across the world to account ever since

Energy

UK emissions trading scheme ‘could face rapid price spike’

Experts are concerned that the cost of the UK’s carbon emissions trading allowances could increase dramatically when auctions begin this week, possibly requiring government intervention

Industrial emissions

Can the government make good on its 78% emissions cut pledge?

The government is making bold pledges in the run up to COP26 but many say the policies to drive action are lacking and that past flip flopping has damaged industry confidence. Danny Halpin reports

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