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A just transition: Ensuring no one is left behind on the road to ...

A just transition: Ensuring no one is left behind on the road to

There are 28,000 direct job losses expected in the north of England in the coal, oil and gas industries by 2030 as decarbonisation gathers pace. A growing movement argues that a ‘just transition’ is needed which does not leave industry, workers or communities behind in the shift to a greener economy, reports Catherine Early... Read more

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Contaminated land

BGS launches project to clean up legacy chemical at brownfield sites

The British Geological Survey has announced it is to take part in a research programme to clean up a previously undetected legacy chemical at brownfield sites using natural biological processes

Land, Ecology & Development

Build on brownfield and unlock more than a million new homes, say campaigners

Brownfield sites could cater for 1.3 million new homes in England while more than 500,000 already have planning permission, according to a countryside charity that has called on the government to scrap controversial planning reforms

Agricultural emissions

Nitrous oxide emissions from farms rising faster than expected

Nitrous oxide emissions are rising much faster than previously thought and jeopardising the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a new study published last week

Careers

National Trust confirms 1,300 job cuts at ‘very painful time’

The National Trust has this week confirmed it will lose more than a tenth of its staff to redundancies brought about by the coronavirus crisis, but its director general has promised it will ‘grow back stronger in the long run’

Environmental Politics

Clean Growth Strategy ‘seriously out of date’, warns coalition

Key policy decisions must be made during this parliament to put the UK on course to hit net zero by 2050 and support businesses and investors as they seek to cut emissions, says the Aldersgate Group

Analysis

Plastics

Plastic rain: How thousands of tonnes of microplastics are falling to earth

Plastic rain: How thousands of tonnes of microplastics are falling to earth

A new study sheds light on the huge volume of unseen plastics and the distances they are travelling in the atmosphere. The UK government positioned itself as a ‘world leader’ in tackling plastic pollution when introducing its ban on microbeads in 2018, but is it going far enough? asks Conor McGlone

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson’s green recovery plan: 10 things you need to know

The prime minister has pledged massive investment in cleantech to help the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, but there are concerns about his plans for new roads and streamlining the planning regime. ENDS sets out what you need to know

Sustainability

Covid-19: The route to recovery

Environmental consultancies are feeling the pinch as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures. ENDS takes the pulse of the market, and finds out which service areas are believed likely to grow even in these tough economic conditions

Environmental management systems

Digital EIA: Can pioneering technology help environmental assessment overcome its ‘obesity problem’?

Environmental statements can run to thousands of pages, costing developers up to £250,000. Some see the process as impenetrable. But efforts to transform it through digital technology are gathering pace, in part due to Covid-19 social distancing measures and restrictions on movement

Planning & land use

Flying cats and online trolls: the perils of virtual working

Environmental professionals are turning to digital solutions to help them keep working during the Covid-19 pandemic. But some pioneering efforts to use technology to maintain momentum on development projects have been hit by YouTube ‘violations’, online trolls, and controversy over a cat that was thrown during a Zoom meeting

Environmental management systems

How Covid-19 will change the way you work. Forever

Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has increased the appetite for digital working in the environmental space. When the crisis is over, what will business as usual look like?

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