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Water pollution

Do government pledges to tackle sewage pollution hold water?

Do government pledges to tackle sewage pollution hold water?

DEFRA claims it is getting tough with water firms and has announced measures to tackle sewage pollution, but do they go far enough? Wil Crisp reports.

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Agriculture & forestry

Government ‘to meet climate committee's 30,000 hectares a year tree planting target'

The government is preparing to announce plans for the 'biggest tree-planting programme in 50 years', doubling the rates of woodland planting within four years to meet a Climate Change Committee recommendation to plant almost 30,000 hectares a year, press reports have suggested

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson lauds Environment Bill ahead of Queen’s Speech

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said the delayed Environment Bill is an example of the commitment the government has shown in delivering on the 'promises made to the British people before the pandemic'

Regulation

Environment Agency seeks three new board members to tackle ‘climate challenge’

The Environment Agency is looking for three new people to join its board to help it tackle the impacts of climate change and deliver resilient infrastructure, it said in an announcement this morning

Environmental Politics

‘Not enough stick and not enough carrot’: green taxes fall to 6% of takings

‘Wholesale change’ in tax policy is required for the county to reach net zero, with greater effort required to hit polluters and reward green investment, according to an analysis

Environmental Politics

DEFRA spends £1m on software that can track staff vaccination status

DEFRA has spent £1m on software, which will allow it to track inventories of personal protective equipment and staff vaccination status, in preparation for staff returning to the office

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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?

Policy

Has the Supreme Court hobbled the UK’s climate efforts?

A ruling that overturned a decision over the legality of the government’s airports policy has been met with dismay by many, but does it have a material impact on the nation’s ability to tackle climate change? James Fair reports

Air

‘Stop people dying’: Will a coroner’s report spur government to act on air pollution?

Nine-year old girl Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah became the first person to have air pollution listed on their death certificate, leading to increased pressure on government to take action to improve air quality. But will anything change? Isabella Kaminski reports

Policy

Environment Bill briefing

Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know

Climate change

5 things you need to know about COP26 preparations

This year’s COP26, billed as the most important climate talks since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, is fast-approaching. Here's what you need to know.

Transport emissions

Policy briefing: How Bath’s clean air zone will tackle pollution in the city

Bath introduced England’s first clean air zone outside of London in March. Here’s what you need to know about how the scheme works and which cities will be next

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