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The Dirty Man of Europe: Is the UK on a course to reprise ...

An overflowing sewer. Photograph: Getty Images

In his book, The Dirty Man of Europe, Chris Rose detailed the ecological misrule of Britain in the 1980s. Without pressure from Europe, he wrote, it is difficult to see how the country would have made any environmental progress in that period. Now the UK has left the EU, could we see a reprise of the unenviable title once again?... Read more

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Policy

Green light for OEP in DEFRA review amid calls for future appraisals to seek external evidence

The first DEFRA review of the Office for Environmental Protection has found the watchdog in 'good health', but green groups have urged that future reviews 'must seek evidence from outside government'

Enforcement

Former company director fined £11,200 for exporting banned waste

The Environment Agency has prosecuted an ex-company director for illegally exporting household waste including nappies, textiles and electrical items to Indonesia

Oil

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in legal battle over new oil drilling in Surrey Hills

The Supreme Court will consider whether emissions from the downstream use of fossil fuels should be the subject of environmental impact assessment after it granted permission to appeal in a controversial case over new oil drilling near the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Environmental Law

Green watchdog report sees ‘de facto ban’ on use of Acoustic Deterrent Devices in salmon farming

A clamp down on the use of Acoustic Deterrent Devices at Scottish salmon farms has been prompted in the first intervention of its kind by the country’s new green watchdog

Analysis

Waste

Burning questions: Is time running out again for Scotland’s landfill ban?

Bin full of household waste

Almost three years on from Holyrood’s decision to delay its ban on household biodegradable waste being sent to landfill, there is little certainty among experts that the new target of 2025 is achievable, writes David Burrows

Environmental Law

Could the UK legislate for a right to a healthy environment?

In an unprecedented move last month, the UN voted in favour of a motion declaring that a healthy environment was a human right. In the wake of the ruling, could we see the UK embed such a right into its own laws, asks Isabella Kaminski

Environmental Politics

ECO CHAMBER PODCAST SPECIAL: Feargal's fury, beaver fever and heatwave hellscapes

This specially extended episode features former Undertones frontman and keen angler Feargal Sharkey on who's to blame for the dismal state of England's rivers. The ENDS Report team also examines why the government has ditched two-thirds of its nature indicators this year, why England is heading for drought, why things are looking bright for beavers, and how the EU plans to monitor its environmental progress

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Legal Comment: How the government’s defeat on its Net Zero Strategy shows the teeth of the Climate Change Act

Simon Tilling, partner at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

The High Court judgment on the government’s Net Zero Strategy has confirmed just how much detail is needed to discharge legal duties and allow adequate scrutiny under the Climate Change Act, and will be of relevance to all environmental professions, writes Simon Tilling

Environmental Law

Why environmental non-compliance can have legal consequences outside of fines and community service

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a former waste company director given a conditional discharge and a five-year disqualification order after being convicted of an environmental permitting offence. The case shows how non-compliance can have consequences outside of fines and community service, writes Angus Evers

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Why courts are reluctant to challenge regulator decisions

The rejection of a judicial review claim by a salmon farming company against the Scottish environmental regulator underlies the reluctance of the courts to interfere with decisions made by public authorities, writes Chala McKenna

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