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Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure... Read more

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Policy

MPs welcome government commitments on National Infrastructure Bank

A cross-party group of MPs have welcomed a government commitment to make the National Infrastructure Bank permanent but said that ministers had missed 'several quick wins' in their efforts to launch green economic recovery from Covid-19

Climate change

The 8 biggest climate risks facing the UK

An increasingly frustrated Climate Change Committee has called on the government to act to avoid increasing risks from climate change in a highly critical assessment published today. Of 61 risks to the UK, here are the eight most pressing identified by the government’s advisers

Biodiversity / conservation

Councils set to lease seabed from the Queen to restore marine biodiversity

Two Sussex councils are set to lease the seabed off their coasts from the Queen as part of a marine restoration project

Energy

‘Game-changing’: Drax to become world’s largest carbon capture plant

Drax Group has signed a deal for its giant power station in North Yorkshire to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030

Environmental Politics

G7 set to ‘turbo-charge’ industrial decarbonisation

The leaders of the G7 are to consider an ‘ambitious’ joint US-UK plan to cooperate on lowering the cost of green industrial processes, particularly for cement, steel and chemicals production

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Fact checker: Will a new bank fund a ‘green revolution’?

Will the National Infrastructure Bank really finance the ‘green industrial revolution’?

Land, Ecology & Development

Fact checker: Would gene editing help protect nature?

Gene editing “could unlock substantial benefits to nature... and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food”, according to DEFRA. Is this the case?

Environmental Politics

Who are the EA’s new board members?

The Environment Agency has added three new members to its board. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

Policy radar: The changes to prepare for in 2021

After a Covid-induced malaise, the next 12 months is set to be a bumper period for strategies and consultations on the swathe of policies needed to address Brexit, climate change, air pollution and biodiversity in the UK

Air

Coronavirus and air quality: What we know so far

The novel coronavirus can spread on atmospheric particulates, exposure to which weakens the human body and makes contracting the virus more likely. But lockdowns have also led to cleaner air and even more solar power production. Here’s what you need to know

Land, Ecology & Development

Natural England’s journey to ‘crisis point’: what you need to know

Last week, the main union for Natural England issued the starkest warning to date about the health of the regulator, which it says has reached a post-crisis point. Here’s what you need to know

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