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Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Briefing: What the BREF review process means for UK industry

Two large industries are about to undergo a review of their environmental compliance rules – how will it work and what does the future hold for IED installations in the UK?

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Policymakers being misled on climate risk, say experts

Policymakers have been given economic assessments of climate change impacts that omit the biggest risks, according to a group of experts including the economist who produced a landmark government-commissioned report on the economic risks of global warming

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Replace CAP with £3bn nature fund, government told

EU agricultural subsidies should be replaced with billions of pounds of new funding to help farmers contribute to the UK’s climate and biodiversity goals, according to three nature groups

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Environmental managers declare climate emergency

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment has declared a "climate emergency" in line with declarations made by parliament, local authorities and some businesses

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Climate emergency: Has your council declared one?

A growing number of local authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have declared climate emergencies. Click through to view an interactive map of declarations

Environmental Politics

Environment agency chief seeks ‘big ideas’ from public on tackling pollution

The chief executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has called on the public to come up with "big ideas" on how to protect the environment


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DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

With two new ministers and a new secretary of state, DEFRA’s new ministerial team has a very different look compared to the one run by Michael Gove before the summer. Rachel Salvidge examines what the new recruits might mean for the future of environmental policy

Brexit Hub Land, Ecology & Development

Are freeports threatening to shrink the scope of environmental assessments?

A push for lighter touch regulation by a coalition of ports has resurrected old fears that environmental protections are under attack again. James Fair reports

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Environmental divergence: What could change after Brexit?

There are growing signs that the UK government is seeking to diverge from EU green rules after Brexit, with particular pressure to water down nature protections. But how feasible would such changes be? Simon Pickstone investigates

Land, Ecology & Development

‘The mother of all false economies’: Why the spending review spells trouble for Natural England

The Treasury has handed DEFRA an extra £432m in its latest spending review but experts fear that very little will find its way to Natural England, which is bad news for domestic wildlife, developers and environmental consultants, finds Rachel Salvidge

Environmental Politics

Who is Rebecca Pow, DEFRA’s new junior environment minister?

In a mini DEFRA reshuffle prompted by Amber Rudd’s resignation, Boris Johnson has appointed Rebecca Pow as a junior environment minister. Here’s what you need to know about the department’s newest recruit

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What’s going to be in the Environment Bill?

The remaining parts of the draft Environment Bill are due to be published this autumn. What do we already know and what has yet to be resolved?

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