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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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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

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

Environmental Law

Environment Agency makes two senior appointments

The Environment Agency has recruited two new directors after it decided to split the role of executive director for operations into two roles, following the departure of Toby Willison to Southern Water


Southern Water behind schedule on abstraction reduction plans

Southern Water’s proposals aimed at reducing abstraction in Hampshire while ensuring it can supply the region with water have fallen behind schedule, putting the environment at risk, Ofwat has said


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

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

Brexit Hub Plastics

Is Westminster dragging its feet on banning single-use plastics?

England has banned plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers but appears reluctant to go further on single-use plastics, risking falling behind Scotland and Wales and creating a confusing UK market. David Burrows reports

Legal comment


Is Brexit an opportunity to redefine waste?

Is Brexit an opportunity to redefine waste?

Another ‘is it waste?’ judgment from the European Court of Justice demonstrates the ongoing challenges for operators and regulators in interpreting EU waste law, and again highlights the inherent tension between protecting the environment and allowing materials back into the ‘circular economy'

Renewable energy

Court quashes crofters’ community wind plans

Crofting land in Scotland cannot be used for community wind farm development if it harms the landowner’s interests, a court has upheld on appeal

Environmental Law

The climate ruling that could limit UK’s wriggle room

Nina Pindham: A recent case in the Irish Supreme Court could have implications for how the UK government may be held to account for meeting its carbon budgets

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