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Land, Ecology & Development

England's deteriorating wildlife in 3 charts

England's deteriorating wildlife in 3 charts

Data released by DEFRA yesterday reveals a rapid decline in the condition of important species and habitats protected under the EU Habitats Directive

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Environmental Law

New EU environmental standards for food, drink and milk industries

New standards to reduce the environmental impact of the food, drink and milk industries have been set following a review of the sectors’ Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (BREF).

Environmental Law

Court dismisses nitrogen challenge to release of green belt land

The High Court has rejected a challenge against proposed green belt developments that claimed the local authority had failed to properly consider the impact of additional nitrogen pollution on a special protected area


Revised WEEE protocols more accurate on tonnage

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a revised protocol for both large domestic appliances and small mixed waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) for the 2020 compliance period

Environmental Politics

EU failing to meet environmental targets, finds major study

Pressure on EU leaders to take urgent action on climate change and environmental destruction has increased several notches as the European Environment Agency published the sixth and bleakest edition to date of its five-yearly report and forecast

Fines Monitor Regulation

BEIS to double fines for breaching EU emissions trading regulations

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has doubled the CO2 price it uses to calculate penalties for companies found to have violated the Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations


Land, Ecology & Development

How the rise in intensive farming is putting pressure on the environment

How the rise in intensive farming is putting pressure on the environment

Intensive farming accounted for almost a quarter of all Environment Agency permitting activity this year, with new and expanded poultry farms making up the greatest proportion. Gareth Simkins looks at the environmental impact of the extra 9.9m chickens being bred to feed England's appetite for cheap meat and what can be done to mitigate it

Access to justice

Does the Conservative manifesto threaten access to environmental justice?

Mainstream parties may have impressed green groups with their environmental pledges, but some are worried about a Conservative Party promise to look at reforming judicial review. Simon Pickstone investigates

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from the past week: Political parties’ green pledges, Council takes on EA over damaged rivers, Weetabix fined £140,000 and more

Environmental Law

7 legal decisions in 2019 that will have a lasting impact

Environmental law experts identify seven of 2019's most significant legal decisions and outline their implications for practitioners

Environmental Politics

The year in review: 2019

It’s been a big year for green policy with Brexit preparations and climate concerns driving much of the change, although many flagship policies are still a work in progress. ENDS takes a look back over the most interesting developments of the year


Case study: How one waste company got its top rating back

In 2015, Ellie Colson, director of transport and compliance at Colson Transport, ran into a spot of bother with the Environment Agency (EA). At the time, fires at two wood recycling plants had caused a national disposal issue and the only options open to the skip hire company were to landfill wood or stockpile it until the matter was resolved

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