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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... Read more

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Sustainability

Arup commits to net zero emissions by 2030

Engineering firms Arup and Spirax-Sarco Engineering have revealed new net-zero carbon targets, with Arup targeting net-zero emissions by 2030 and Spirax-Sarco aiming for 2040

Sustainability

'It’s horrific': Iceland discloses plastic packaging footprint

Food retailer Iceland and leading green campaign groups have called on retailers to reveal how much plastic packaging they use, after the firm’s managing director described its own consumption as 'simply terrifying'

Environmental Politics

‘Devastating’: Governments flunk all international biodiversity targets

A major UN report analysing the global state of nature shows how a decade of policy inaction has spiked worldwide biodiversity targets as nature continues to freefall and species extinctions accelerate

Land, Ecology & Development

Boris Johnson backs environmental health professional register

An official register of environmental health professionals is being formalised by the government to help local authorities in England tackle the coronavirus pandemic

Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA backs first-of-a-kind nitrates offset scheme

The government has paid out £3.9m to support a nitrates trading platform intended to clear the housing logjam across south Hampshire where planning decisions for 10,000 homes have been frozen due to excess nitrates causing killer algal blooms in a protected area

Analysis

Environmental Politics

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

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?

Industrial emissions

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

Shell has set out a high-level plan for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, hot on the heels of BP’s pledge to go net zero, but green groups remain unconvinced. ENDS take a look at the big firms making big promises

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