The government says it wants to reform EU-derived environmental protections to make them less complex, arguing that a simpler system would bolster nature’s recovery. But does the argument add up? Tess Colley reports... Read more
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Five new indicators have been introduced to the Outcome Indicator Framework for the 25 Year Environment Plan, including one relating to the UK’s global environmental footprint
The Office for Environmental Protection has questioned whether the minimum level of net gain specified in the Environment Act 2021 will be enough to meet the government’s biodiversity ambitions
A landowner who devastated wildlife habitats through a series of unauthorised works to a stretch of the protected river Lugg in Herefordshire has pleaded guilty to a series of charges brought against him by the EA and Natural England
The designation of England’s protected sites must follow a 'clear and transparent process', according to the Office for Environmental Protection, which has advised against giving the power to designate sites to the secretary of state
Natural England has formally declared the creation of a new 'super' national nature reserve in Somerset, which it says will expand the size of existing reserves in the area by nearly 2,200 hectares
The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports
Listen as the ENDS Report team examines the green watchdog's first howl of disapproval, why developers are scrapping with Natural England over water, the government's plans for environmental assessment, who's made it on to the ENDS Report's inaugural power list, why we're in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and why you shouldn't trust the paper bag enveloping your sausage roll.
The government has outlined the detail of its plans to move away from what it sees as the ‘clunky’ environmental impact assessment regime to a new system based on outcomes. Pippa Neill explores what this could mean for the environment
The planned Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will deliver reforms to environmental assessment and the planning regime, not to mention more regional mayors, says the government
The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s legislative plans for the coming year, is due to be made on Tuesday. Here’s what ENDS expects to hear
Rivers are having a bad time of it, suffering from all kinds of contamination, but little is known about the real impact plastic pollution is having on the UK’s water bodies, reports David Burrows
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The post holder will protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient investigation of complex environmental offending with the emphasis on waste carriers and brokers offences.
Through the Environment (Wales) Act, Natural Resources Wales has a new duty to pursue the sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR). Under the Act, NRW is also required to provide Area Statements that set out the natural resources in an area, the benefits they provide, and the priorities.
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