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Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature... Read more

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Waste boss handed £179k confiscation order

The owner of a notorious waste firm has been told to pay back £179,000 of his unlawful profits, while avoiding imprisonment for concealing his assets


Sri Lanka returns hundreds of tonnes of hazardous waste to the UK

The Sri Lankan government says it is sending 21 shipping containers of waste back to the UK after customs officials found they contained hazardous material, in breach of international laws

Water pollution

‘Free for all’: EA officers ‘inspect just one farm every 263 years’

Environment Agency officers made just 403 visits to registered farm businesses in England in 2018/19 - suggesting that farmers can expect to receive an inspection from the regulator once every 263 years - an NGO has claimed following a freedom of information request

Environmental Law

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Click through to download the Horizon Scanning Guide, tracking upcoming deadlines across 12 key environmental, energy and health and safety sectors.


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

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

Water pollution

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

The water sector must investigate more than 700 sewer outfalls to find out why they are dumping raw sewage into rivers so frequently and improve hundreds more by 2025 in an attempt to improve water quality, but which firms have the biggest task ahead? Asks Rachel Salvidge

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Environmental Law

The climate ruling that could limit UK’s wriggle room

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

Access to justice

Court clarifies rights under Aarhus cost rules

A recent High Court ruling clarifies the role of interested parties, but also throws up new challenges to the convention’s aim of ensuring access to environmental justice


Why firms should beware of exceeding limits for exemptions

The interaction between environmental permitting and registered exemptions can often be confusing, especially for those new to environmental law and regulation

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