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Environmental Politics

Fracking friend or climate campaigner? The two sides of Jeremy Hunt

Fracking friend or climate campaigner? The two sides of Jeremy Hunt

With Jeremy Hunt still in the running to be the next Conservative Party leader, ENDS examines his environmental track record

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Policy

Government guarantees £115m agri-environment scheme payouts

Farmers, foresters and land managers who have taken part in the government’s agri-environmental schemes have been promised that all late payments will be made in full by the end of July – some of whom have been waiting to be paid since 2015

Air

Ammonia pollution harming 60% of UK land area

Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from agriculture, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and affecting the most sensitive habitats, according to a DEFRA report

Agriculture & forestry

Gove’s communications with hardline Brexiters remain off limits, watchdog rules

Environment secretary Michael Gove’s communications with the European Research Group, a backbench ‘hard’ Brexit lobby group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, do not need to be disclosed, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled

Environmental Law

EXCLUSIVE: Natural England offers up to 50 redundancies

Natural England is offering voluntary redundancies for up to 50 staff members as it reorganises itself in a bid to be chosen to deliver key aspects of the 25-Year Environment Plan

Environmental Law

DEFRA names new permanent secretary

Tamara Finkelstein will take up the role of DEFRA permanent secretary on a permanent basis, replacing Clare Moriarty who left to join the Department for Exiting the European Union in March, it has been announced

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Are Dominic Raab’s green ambitions ‘all just stuffing’?

Are Dominic Raab’s green ambitions ‘all just stuffing’?

The former Brexit secretary has recently revealed green ambitions, but does he mean it or is the hardline Brexiter trying to greenwash his image to coincide with his leadership bid? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Environmental Politics

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: 8 things you need to know about how it is shaping up

Six months after the first part of the draft Environment Bill was published, Environment Agency board minutes have revealed new details about how the legislation is taking shape

Environmental Politics

Is Gove a good green or a ‘pure political calculator’?

If Michael Gove left DEFRA for Downing Street would he remain a strong advocate for the environment? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Will the Tory leadership race derail the government’s ‘green Brexit’ plans?

With the Conservative Party leadership contest expected to last until July, key parts of the government’s environmental agenda have been put on ice. Simon Pickstone asks what the delay could mean for green policy

Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What Tony Juniper thinks about budget cuts, bird culling and bringing back the missing lynx

Tony Juniper talks to ENDS about nature recovery, net gain, budget cuts and rewilding in his first press interview since becoming chair of Natural England

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