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Brexit Hub Plastics

Is Westminster dragging its feet on banning single-use plastics?

Is Westminster dragging its feet on banning single-use plastics?

England has banned plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers but appears reluctant to go further on single-use plastics, risking falling behind Scotland and Wales and creating a confusing UK market. David Burrows reports... Read more

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Land, Ecology & Development

Grouse shooting and moorland burning set for licensing

The Scottish government has decided that all grouse shooting activities in Scotland will require a licence in order to tackle the illegal persecution of birds of prey

Brexit Hub Legislation

Environment Bill: Pow fends off attempts to strengthen green watchdog

Environment minister Rebecca Pow has seen off attempts to make changes to the Environment Bill that would give the future Office for Environmental Protection greater powers of enforcement

Ground water

Overhaul of chemical groundwater pollution rules planned

Changes to the rules on toxic chemicals in groundwater and related aspects of the contaminated land regime are being planned by the Scottish environmental regulator in a move it claims will help address Scotland’s industrial pollution legacy

Environmental Politics

Spending review ‘light on net zero, heavy on infrastructure’, says industry

Business leaders are generally happy with the spending plans unveiled by chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, although they did not escape criticism on environmental grounds

Environmental Politics

Government to reform planning process for big developments

The government is to establish a reform programme in a bid to speed up the nationally significant infrastructure planning regime and will introduce new permitted development rights to allow the 'easier expansion' of big developments


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?


Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

Environmental Politics

Spending Review 2020: 11 things you need to know

The small print of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review included a number of green measures, including a funding boost for DEFRA and further details on how the government intends to fund the prime minister’s recently announced 10-point climate plan. Here’s what you need to know

Planning & land use

Fact checker: Will a road tunnel improve Stonehenge's environment?

Environmental Politics

5 things you need to know about the Natural Capital Committee's latest report

The NCC’s latest report was published in November. Here are the key takeaway points

Climate change

Data check: The Arctic's long summer

A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia earlier this year has meant the Arctic's sea ice freeze has had a later start than usual

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