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Water pollution

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the great British sewage scandal

Rebecca Pow

What the environment minister thinks about illegal river pollution, the Environment Agency's culpability and leaving water companies nowhere to hide

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Land, Ecology & Development

‘Shocking lack of ambition’: Farmers cash for soil payments slammed by green groups

Fresh details of how farmers will be paid to improve soils have been met with dismay by leading nature charities, who say the government has shown a 'shocking lack of ambition'

Environmental Politics

‘Walk the talk’ after COP26, say government climate advisers

In a stocktake of the COP26 climate talks, the Climate Change Committee has called on the government to reinvigorate the domestic climate agenda and continue to engage internationally

Environmental Politics

BEIS denies request for Net Zero Strategy carbon cuts

The government has refused to accept a freedom of information request for the estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions from individual policies outlined in the Net Zero Strategy, stymying independent scrutiny

Fines Monitor Waste

'One in four waste containers reported to the EA are non-compliant,' says industry figure

One in four waste containers reported to the Environment Agency’s hotline and subsequently inspected are found to be non-compliant, an inquiry heard yesterday


Goldsmith: Prison sentences for law-breaking water firm directors a ‘good idea’

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith has said he supports the idea that water company directors should be given custodial sentences if their firms are found to have repeatedly or recklessly broken the law


Brexit Hub Research/science

After Brexit: Should the UK rejoin the EEA?

Industrial emissions: Rejoining the EEA could help link up the UK's emissions trading system with the EU's (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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?


Why is DEFRA dragging its feet on plastics policies?

Voluntary agreements to reduce the amount of plastics in packaging have made some inroads but key government policies that would turbo charge action are long overdue. Industry is craving clarity, finds David Burrows

Land, Ecology & Development

How Natural England’s ‘water neutrality’ advice is blocking development

Guidance advising councils to ensure new developments are 'water neutral' for the conservation of nearby protected sites has forced councils to pause planning permission and put developers in a spin. Is this the beginning of a 'new moratorium on housebuilding'? Tess Colley reports


Waste and the Environment Act: 9 things you need to know

After a long and tortuous journey through parliament, the government’s ‘world-leading’ Environment Bill has finally passed into law. There are a number of implications for the waste, resources and chemicals sectors. Here is everything you need to know

Environmental Law

Will rejecting stronger OEP independence ‘come to haunt’ MPs?

The new green watchdog will be required to heed guidance from the government, but will this hinder its ability to take robust action? Tess Colley reports

Climate change

What do the COP26 outcomes mean for UK business?

COP26 has been hailed as both a success and a failure but regardless of what position is taken, the global conference's outcomes will have a number of short and medium term implications for business, experts tell Isabella Kaminski

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Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Environment Team Leader

If you want a role that offers variety and challenge, and to be a part of an organisation that has the sustainable management of natural resources at the core of our purpose, we would love to hear from you.

Non-Executive Member to the Office for Environmental Protection

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Member to the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

Installations Officer - Control of Major Accidents Hazards (COMAH)

We are looking for two enthusiastic professionals to join our North West Hub Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulatory team as Installations Officers.

Installation Officer

If you’re part of the Environment Agency (EA), you’re part of the solution. Working with us means protecting and improving the environment for generations to come, tackling issues of national importance across a huge variety of disciplines.

Sustainable Development Programme Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven and motivated individual to join a forward thinking and dynamic Directorate within Public Health Wales.


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