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Waste

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

Why a no-deal Brexit is likely to lead to more waste crime

The Environment Agency has acknowledged that potential funding cuts threaten its abilities to tackle waste crime, and a no-deal Brexit will only make matters worse, finds Conor McGlone

Latest news

Environmental Politics

Ian Duncan appointed as minister for climate change

A former MEP and one-time BP employee has been appointed as a junior minister for climate change at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Climate change

‘Climate emergency’ council pauses work on major roads schemes

A council in the West Midlands has paused work on a bypass and link road, partly over concerns that the projects may not be compatible with the ‘climate emergency’ recently declared by the local authority

Renewable energy

Legal challenge takes aim at ‘illogical’ renewables support

A subsidiary of an energy and property development business has launched a legal challenge against the government’s mechanism for supporting clean power, saying it unfairly discriminates against onshore wind

Unconventional oil & gas

Johnson government pledges support for fracking as Cuadrilla restarts operations

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has restated its commitment to shale gas exploration, saying extracting the fossil fuel is consistent with the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets

Planning & land use

London Assembly: Heathrow expansion is ‘wrong move’

The London Assembly has today reiterated its opposition to the expansion of Heathrow and has vowed to campaign to prevent its implementation

Analysis

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Do Boris Johnson’s new Spads want to slash environmental protections?

Could the recruitment of a group of young, libertarian special advisers lead to the erosion of environmental standards? Jocelyn Timperley reports

Waste

Will the EA’s attempts at halting illegal waste exports work?

The EA’s plans to toughen the regulation of waste exports and tighten checks at ports have been welcomed by the sector, but do they go far enough? Conor McGlone reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Theresa Villiers: What mark will the ‘Brexit hero’ make at DEFRA?

New environment secretary Theresa Villiers has been hailed as one of the 'heroes of Brexit'. But are her eurosceptic credentials compatible with her pledge to protect and restore the natural environment? Simon Pickstone investigates

Climate change

Coastal flooding: will the residents of Fairbourne become Britain's first climate refugees?

The villagers of Fairbourne, North Wales, have been dubbed Britain’s first “climate refugees”. As sea levels rise they won’t be the last, but are authorities prepared?

Environmental Politics

How the Environment Bill is taking shape

The new prime minster Boris Johnson has promised to ‘consecrate and advance’ DEFRA’s key policy initiatives, likely to include the flagship Environment Bill. In recent weeks, the outline of the bill has become clearer, reports Jocelyn Timperley

Transport emissions

Heathrow expansion: Inside the airport's plans to address air pollution

Heathrow plans to introduce a novel legal mechanism to prove that its third runway expansion plans can comply with environmental targets. Simon Pickstone reports

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