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Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

Will the ‘minewater pollution conundrum’ ever be solved?

A clean up of historic water pollution from metal mines is entering a new phase, but there is much work to do to reduce the damage to an estimated 1,500km rivers in England alone. Catherine Early reports... Read more

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Environmental Politics

‘Astonished and appalled’: MP tries to change phosphate rules

The North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has tabled amendments to the Environment Bill that could severely weaken the strength of phosphate planning rules along the EU-protected River Wye and allow local authorities to ‘disregard any impact’ from development, provoking anger among environmentalists

Land, Ecology & Development

IN PICTURES: The destruction of the river Lugg that left campaigners furious

A SSSI has been bulldozed into a sterile canal, obliterating wildlife, according to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, which has demanded swift action from environmental regulators. ENDS takes a look at the incident in pictures

Land, Ecology & Development

‘Shocking’: Just a quarter of SSSIs in national parks in good condition

Barely a quarter of the sites of special scientific interest in national parks are in good condition, a freedom of information request has revealed

Land, Ecology & Development

Highways England to line major new roads with wildflower meadows

Hundreds of miles of English roadsides are to be converted into wildflower meadows after Highways England adopted a new policy aimed at improving ecosystems and saving money

Fines Monitor Environmental Law

‘Crime against the environment’: Fury over illegal bulldozing of protected river

A prized and protected river has been found 'bulldozed, straightened and reprofiled into a sterile canal, with all bankside and riverside habitats completely obliterated', according to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust


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

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

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

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA’s Environmental Land Management scheme: 9 things you need to know

DEFRA has outlined its long-term plans to reform English agricultural subsidies over the next seven years. Here’s what you need to know


National Infrastructure Strategy: 7 things you need to know

A new National Infrastructure Strategy backed by ‘hundreds of billions of pounds of public and private investment’ to ‘transform the UK’s networks’ has been launched today alongside chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review statement. Here’s what you need to know

Planning & land use

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

Brexit Hub Regulation

'The dirty man of Europe': where green rules could diverge after Brexit

On 31 December, the Brexit transition period will end and the UK will leave the customs union and single market. The stage is set for the UK to diverge from European environmental regulations, but are some rules more at risk than others?

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