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Land, Ecology & Development

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

A debate has been raging over whether the practice of using netting to prevent birds nesting should be allowed or even made a criminal offence. Rachel Salvidge reports

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Investment & finance

Arup and Atkins among consultants picked for £2.6bn EA investment plan

The Environment Agency (EA) has named the consultants it is to work with on delivering its £2.6bn capital investment plan

Prosecutions

Destroying bat roost costs builders £19,000

A housing developer has been fined almost £19,000 for demolishing a property that was home to protected soprano pipistrelle bats, in only the second case of its kind to be brought by the Metropolitan Police

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Inspectorate queries waste-to-energy developer’s EIA proposals

The Planning Inspectorate has told the developer of a proposed 65MW waste-to-energy facility in Hampshire that the environmental assessment for the project must consider odour impacts and assess landscape and visual impacts beyond 15km of the site

Planning & land use

Environment Agency concerned over ‘lack of detail’ on Sizewell C plans

The Environment Agency has flagged a series of concerns over proposals for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, warning that a lack of detail means that the impacts and proposed suitability of mitigations ‘cannot be assessed at this time’

Energy from waste

Lease agreed for ‘UK first’ waste-to-hydrogen plant

Energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has announced plans to develop the UK's first industrial-scale plant capable of converting waste plastics into hydrogen

Analysis

Waste water & sewage

Five things you need to know about wet wipe reefs

Five things you need to know about wet wipe reefs

‘The Thames Great Wet Wipe Reef’, hidden along the banks of London's iconic river, is growing. What is the scale of the problem and is it being addressed?

Land, Ecology & Development

How will the government's flagship development enhance nature?

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc will "achieve net gains in biodiversity and natural capital", says the government. Adam Branson looks at how it plans to embed nature into the project from the start

Environmental Law

Six policy updates to look out for this month

Scan upcoming policy changes on oil and gas decommissioning, radioactive waste management, producer compliance for waste electrical and electronic equipment collection, sustainability in Wales, food contact materials, and energy efficiency for small and medium businesses

Land, Ecology & Development

How a major new deep coal mine got its green light

Cumbria County Council has approved a major new deep coal mine that will release an estimated 450 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. James Fair looks at how it weighed up the economic and climate change implications

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Gove’s green Brexit plans: 9 things you need to know

Further details have emerged in the past few days about the government’s post-Brexit environmental governance arrangements, including the identity of an interim green Brexit commissioner and where the green watchdog could be based. Here are nine things you need to know about DEFRA’s green governance vision

Land, Ecology & Development

What has £159.5m in funding cuts meant for Natural England's performance?

England's nature regulator has faced deep cuts in central funding since 2008 and could lose another £8m in the next financial year. ENDS looks at how the funding squeeze is affecting its work

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