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Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature... Read more

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Environmental Politics

BEIS ‘drawing up greener industrial strategy’

The government is reportedly ripping up its industrial strategy and replacing it with one intended to focus on science, technology and meeting environmental objectives

Environmental Politics

PM pledges extra 4% of England’s land to be protected by 2030

The prime minister Boris Johnson has promised by 2030 to formally designate 4% of new land in England for nature’s recovery, bringing the total amount of protected land in the UK up to 30%, although environmentalists have warned that its figures are shaky at best

Energy EIA Benchmarking Monitor

EIA Benchmarking Monitor: live table

Our live table contains details of the latest EIA activity on major projects being decided via the fast-track Planning Act 2008 regime for infrastructure schemes in England and Wales.

Land, Ecology & Development

UK cannot hold back tide of invasives for much longer, warn experts

Environmental groups have urged the government to address ‘chronic’ underinvestment in biosecurity measures or risk the country being ‘overwhelmed’ by invasive species as climate change worsens and new trading routes open up post-Brexit

Climate change

'The Saudi Arabia of wind power': 5 things you need to know about the PM's climate comments

Prime minister Boris Johnson said that he wants to make a ‘big bet’ on renewables and invest in hydrogen technology to provide ‘grunt’ for trucks and trains in a speech delivered via video link to a UN roundtable discussion. Here's what you need to know

Analysis

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?

Environmental Politics

How realistic is Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 net zero target?

A divide is widening between scientists allied to the activism group Extinction Rebellion who are are calling for more urgent action and scientists that advise the government who argue that current emissions reduction targets are already 'extremely ambitious', reports Conor McGlone

Biodiversity / conservation

Is wildlife restoration about to become big business?

With rewilding gaining in popularity and biodiversity net gain soon to be mandated, more private money is becoming interested in what some believe will become a ‘potentially huge market’. James Fair reports

Water pollution

Sewage pollution: Which water companies have the biggest clean-up task?

The water sector must investigate more than 700 sewer outfalls to find out why they are dumping raw sewage into rivers so frequently and improve hundreds more by 2025 in an attempt to improve water quality, but which firms have the biggest task ahead? Asks Rachel Salvidge

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

EA raid on underground bunker yields drug factory; Environment Bill: Why setting legally binding nature targets is not going to be easy; Feargal Sharkey set to launch legal action against government over water

Land, Ecology & Development

Is DEFRA being dishonest about biodiversity goals?

Some say DEFRA is exaggerating its performance against global goals as nature continues its freefall and species extinctions accelerate. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

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