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Biodiversity / conservation

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

After a decade of cuts, Natural England has been given a boost to its budget. How will it spend the new money and is it enough to bend the curve on the UK’s catastrophic nature decline? Danny Halpin reports... Read more

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Ofwat warns it will take action against water companies over storm overflows

Ofwat has written to all water companies in England and Wales calling on them to meet 'growing expectations' about the use of storm overflows, which spill raw sewage into rivers and seas, and has said it could take action against water firms which are not doing enough

Environmental Politics

Natural England sets out how it will spend its £198 million budget

Natural England has published details of how it will spend its boosted budget, with delivering Environment Bill policy and the Nature Recovery Network top of the list


‘War is looming’: Government’s response to air pollution death branded a disgrace

A series of measures to tackle air pollution announced in response to a coroner’s report into the death of a nine-year-old girl have been dismissed by campaigners as ‘nothing but old commitments’

Environmental Politics

UK infrastructure bank opens for business with focus on net zero

The government’s UK Infrastructure Bank has officially opened for business, with the body’s ‘mission’ including a focus on meeting the government’s net zero emissions target, but a tension has been identified between economic and environmental objectives

Climate change

DEFRA pledges focus on climate adaptation ‘priority’ risk areas

DEFRA has pledged to 'pay close attention' to the eight priority risk areas flagged in a report from the government’s climate change advisers this week, which warned that adaptation was the 'Cinderella of climate change', with existing government adaptation strategies proving to be inadequate


Brexit Hub Research/science

After Brexit: Should the UK rejoin the EEA?

After Brexit: Should the UK rejoin the EEA?

While the UK is out of the European Environment Agency, common reporting on green issues will be vital to upholding a level playing field after the transition period. Is rejoining the agency the answer?

Water resources, efficiency

Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

The planning approval given to a Hampshire reservoir reveals the tough decisions that will need to be made in the face of projected water shortages. Does the protection of chalk streams justify the destruction of ancient woodland? Catherine Early reports

Environmental Politics

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

A wealth of new measures were included in the government’s response to Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity, from greener schools to applying net gain to major infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

G7 summit: 9 things you need to know

Green groups have welcomed many of the environmental initiatives announced as part of the G7 summit over the weekend, but with many commitments short on detail they have called for the pledges to be followed up by solid policies. Here’s what you need to know

Climate change

What does Shell’s Dutch court ruling mean for big polluters?

If other jurisdictions replicate a Dutch Court’s reasoning in finding that Shell must cut its emissions deeper and faster than planned, more big polluters could find themselves in court. Just how far will the ramifications be felt? Danny Halpin reports

Biodiversity / conservation

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Natural England is to lead a new task force aimed at bringing back lost and dwindling species, but many questions remain unanswered. Wil Crisp reports

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