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What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

Debate is raging over whether the UK should request extending its EU membership after the...

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Adaptation

Lack of women in infrastructure is ‘insidious’ threat, says Environment Agency chair

Emma Howard Boyd has said that the lack of trained women engineers is impeding society’s ability to adapt to climate change

Environmental Politics

Emma Howard Boyd secures second term as EA chair

Environment Agency (EA) chair Emma Howard Boyd will continue in office until September 2022 after securing a second term as chair of the regulator, environment secretary Michael Gove confirmed today

Carbon trading

Peers seek answers on post-Brexit carbon pricing

The chair of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has called on energy minister Claire Perry to answer questions on the operation of a future emissions trading or carbon tax scheme after the UK leaves the EU.

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

DEFRA’s no-deal preparations ‘over-optimistic’, says parliamentary committee

A House of Commons committee has accused DEFRA of being over-optimistic in its plans to secure adequate food supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal

Land, Ecology & Development

Spring statement: go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan

The government is to push ahead with proposals to require new housing and infrastructure developments to provide an increase in biodiversity, chancellor Philip Hammond announced today

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Waste

How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

How Brexit could lead to a rise in ‘waste tourism’

Brexit is opening up the doors to the prospect of divergence in environmental standards across the UK, finds Conor McGlone, setting the scene set for an increase in ‘waste tourism’

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Spring statement: six things you need to know; India bans plastic waste imports; UK set to miss biodiversity goals; Go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan and more

Energy

International Women’s Day: Women in the environment sector

To mark International Women’s Day, ENDS has put together a selection of women in the environment sector, each of whom are blazing a trail at the top of their fields.

Brexit Hub Access to justice

Post-Brexit governance: Why the devolved administrations are reluctant to collaborate with Westminster

As EU exit day looms, the devolved administrations have been slow to prepare their post-Brexit plans for the environment. Simon Pickstone asks what’s causing the delay

Products & Chemicals

10 things you need to know about DEFRA’s post-Brexit REACH chemical regulations

The government claims that its replacement for the EU’s REACH system entails no change in policy. Others beg to differ. ENDS has put together a list of everything you need to know about the government’s plans for chemicals regulations after the UK leaves the EU

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Brexit war games: It’s 30 March and the UK has crashed out of the EU – what happens next?

On 29 March, the UK could exit the EU on World Trade Organisation terms. What would that mean for environmental policy?

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