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Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature... Read more

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Environmental Politics

PM pledges extra 4% of England’s land to be protected by 2030

The prime minister Boris Johnson has promised by 2030 to formally designate 4% of new land in England for nature’s recovery, bringing the total amount of protected land in the UK up to 30%, although environmentalists have warned that its figures are shaky at best

Energy EIA Benchmarking Monitor

EIA Benchmarking Monitor: live table

Our live table contains details of the latest EIA activity on major projects being decided via the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime for infrastructure schemes in England and Wales.

Land, Ecology & Development

UK cannot hold back tide of invasives for much longer, warn experts

Environmental groups have urged the government to address ‘chronic’ underinvestment in biosecurity measures or risk the country being ‘overwhelmed’ by invasive species as climate change worsens and new trading routes open up post-Brexit

Land, Ecology & Development

Inspector blocks warehouse scheme over groundwater pollution fears

Plans for two industrial warehouses in Hertfordshire have been blocked by a planning inspector because of the potential pollution risks to groundwater and the public water supply

Environmental Politics

‘Ecological emergency’: Pioneering strategy aims to improve Bristol's water quality and cut pesticide use

A coalition of public, private and third sector organisations have set a target for all of Bristol’s waterways to have water quality that supports healthy wildlife by 2030 in a new 'ecological emergency' strategy which aims to protect natural life in and around the city


Land, Ecology & Development

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

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

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

Water pollution

England’s polluted rivers: 11 things you need to know

Green group’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when DEFRA published its overdue river health classifications revealing that not one water body in England could be deemed as being in good condition. Here’s what you need to know

Land, Ecology & Development

Is DEFRA being dishonest about biodiversity goals?

Some say DEFRA is exaggerating its performance against global goals as nature continues its freefall and species extinctions accelerate. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Environmental Politics

Critical biodiversity stocktake: 16 things you need to know about the collective failure of governments

A major United Nations nature report highlights how global failure to achieve international biodiversity targets set 10 years ago is contributing to species extinctions which are accelerating at an unprecedented rate

Brexit Hub Biodiversity / conservation

Environment Bill: Why setting legally binding nature targets is not going to be easy

DEFRA is consulting on a range of long-term targets for improving habitats, species, soil health and woodland cover, but in some cases baselines are yet to be identified, making goal setting tricky. James Fair reports

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