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Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Updated daily: Britain has recorded its first coal-free month since the Industrial Revolution, having now gone without coal-fired generation for 49 consecutive days and counting... Read more

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Climate change

‘Build back better’: Johnson sets out case for green recovery

Government efforts to rescue the global economy from the coronavirus crisis must respect ‘future generations’ by addressing climate change and social justice, prime minister Boris Johnson has said

Climate change

COP26: UN confirms one-year postponement

United Nations officials have given the green light to a proposal from the UK and Italian governments to postpone the COP26 climate talks to November 2021, a full year after they were scheduled to take place, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

10 of the biggest stories from this week: EA denies claims it has been ‘paralysed’ by IT failures during lockdown; What the UK’s draft agreement tells us about the future of environmental standards; EA considering options after Bristol brook runs blood red

Climate change

UK must include full carbon footprint in climate goals, commission says

The UK government risks undermining its credibility on tackling climate change unless it accounts for the carbon footprint of imported goods and services, according to a group of MPs and representatives from industry and civil society

Climate change

Coronavirus: UK proposes one-year delay to UN climate talks

The government has asked the UN to consider delaying next year’s climate change negotiations, due to be held in November, by a full year in light of the coronavirus pandemic


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?

Biodiversity / conservation

Will Natural England’s new wildlife licensing scheme work with other animals?

Natural England plans to roll out its district licensing scheme for great crested newts to other species such as bats, but not everyone believes it can it work. James Fair reports

Environmental Law

The 52 green rules rolled back under Covid-19

Dozens of green rules have been relaxed during the Covid-19 pandemic, with operators given additional leeway on their usual environmental obligations. But how much flexibility do the temporary changes really give businesses?

Environmental Politics

Covid-19: Is there a post-pandemic plot to undermine green protections?

Industry lobbyists have been using the Covid-19 situation to renew calls for measures that their paymasters view as unhelpful to be scrapped or watered down. Just how vulnerable are key pieces of environmental policy and legislation?

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Brexit deadlock: What the UK’s draft agreement tells us about the future of environmental standards

With Brexit back on the political agenda, Simon Pickstone explores what the UK government’s newly published proposals for a trade deal with the EU would mean for green protections

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

UK Brexit negotiating position: 9 things you need to know

With the UK’s draft text for a trade deal with the EU now published, ENDS takes you through its key environmental provisions, and how they relate to the EU’s aims for the talks

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