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Biodiversity / conservation

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

After a decade of cuts, Natural England has been given a boost to its budget. How will it spend the new money and is it enough to bend the curve on the UK’s catastrophic nature decline? Danny Halpin reports... Read more

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Ofwat warns it will take action against water companies over storm overflows

Ofwat has written to all water companies in England and Wales calling on them to meet 'growing expectations' about the use of storm overflows, which spill raw sewage into rivers and seas, and has said it could take action against water firms which are not doing enough

Environmental Law

OEP chair: Green watchdog primed for ‘swift’ action

The incoming chair of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has said that the interim body she is leading will formally begin its work within a fortnight, but it has already begun its work


13 permit breaches found at controversial landfill

The operator of a notorious landfill, which has been the subject of thousands of complaints over odour issues, breached its permit at least 13 times over the first quarter of 2021

Water pollution

Anglian Water pays out £100,000 to charity for two water pollution incidents

The Environment Agency has revealed details of an enforcement undertaking in which Anglian Water agreed to pay two charities £50,000 each for two separate pollution incidents


Is it getting harder to access environmental information?

Is it getting harder to access environmental information?

Despite a growing number of organisations being told they must disclose environmental information, it appears to be getting harder to elicit, finds Isabella Kaminski

Packaging waste

Does a major recycling drive by big retailers stand up to scrutiny?

An initiative to increase the amount of plastic packaging being recycled is generating momentum across the UK, but complaints are surfacing about the fate of the material once it arrives in Poland and questions over duty of care have been raised. Conor McGlone investigates

Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports

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Products & Chemicals

Will the UK courts play referee on chemicals?

Will the UK courts play referee on chemicals?

A judgment from the European Court of Justice earlier this year holding that the European Commission must take a more robust approach to its quasi-political decisions on authorising the use of chemicals, could have major implications for UK chemicals regulations


Why the Environment Agency is no longer a nuisance

Angus Evers: Can regulators such as the Environment Agency (EA) cause a nuisance when they exercise their statutory powers? The answer it seems depends on the circumstances.

Environmental Law

Corporate duty of care can transcend borders

Firms have long been held responsible in the eyes of the public, if not the law, for the activities of their subsidiaries abroad, but recent cases show the courts are catching up

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