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Climate change

Johnson’s COP26 pledge prompts scepticism from green groups

Claims made by prime minister Boris Johnson that the UK will seek to introduce ‘enforceable limits’ to greenhouse gas emissions ‘for the whole world’ at this year’s UN climate summit have been... Read more

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Green standards under pressure as post-Brexit trade talks approach

The UK government’s pledge to uphold high agricultural standards after Brexit has come under fire from US and Australian officials, who have made the case for the controversial food products hormone-treated beef and chlorinated chicken

Environmental Politics

Former CDP director appointed UN climate champion

The former executive director of NGO the Carbon Disclosure Project Nigel Topping has been appointed by the government as the High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26

Environmental Law

Judge orders DEFRA to explain badger cull veto in court

DEFRA’s last-minute intervention to pull the plug on a badger cull, against the advice of its own scientific advisers, will be probed in the High Court

Environmental Politics

First climate assembly meeting sets challenge for government

A citizens’ assembly made up of people from across the UK met for the first time over the weekend to discuss how the government is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Northern Irish minister ‘open’ to independent EPA

Northern Ireland’s environment minister has given a cautious welcome to ambitions to set up an independent agency to oversee binding environmental targets

Analysis

Environmental Politics

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

The government advisors’ seventh annual report, published this week, offered some strongly-worded criticism of the government’s flagship green plans, including the environment and agriculture bills. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s key demands

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Why the mooted Whitehall shake-up may come at the wrong time for DEFRA

Downing Street has hinted at major changes in Whitehall once the UK leaves the EU. But with DEFRA already grappling with a huge workload, does a shake-up make sense? Simon Pickstone investigates

Environmental Politics

West Midlands plans for net zero by 2041

The West Midlands Combined Authority has proposed reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 13% each year to 2041, in reaction to the climate crisis

Land, Ecology & Development

Has the HS2 review avoided counting the green costs?

A government-commissioned review into the future of the controversial HS2 north-south rail-link has come under fire for appearing to omit environmental costs from its deliberations. Isabella Kaminski reports

Brexit Hub Policy

Policy changes that need to be on your radar in 2020

With the UK set to formally leave the EU at the end of this month, fundamental changes to environmental policy and legislation are on the cards. ENDS checks the policy radar to identify what you need to prepare for in the coming year

Environmental Law

How ecocide could be made an international crime

What would need to happen for the widescale, long-term and severe destruction of the environment to be made an international crime?

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