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Recycling

Is recycling creating a toxic chemical problem?

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Could harmful chemicals concentrating in recycled food packaging, toys and textiles derail progress on the circular economy? And will the plastics tax make things worse? David Burrows reports

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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'

Products & Chemicals

Illegal HFCs ‘smuggled and sold online’

A BBC investigation has found that refrigerants sold on the black market are being smuggled from China via eastern Europe and advertised on Facebook in the UK

Environmental Politics

ENDS launches new ECO CHAMBER podcast

Click through to listen to the inaugural episode of the ECO CHAMBER podcast, in which the ENDS team discusses the Environment Act 2021, sewage pollution, habitats rules, climate forcing chemicals and how nutrient pollution is driving developers up the wall...

Biodiversity / conservation

Single exposure to neonic pesticide ‘reduces bee populations for multiple generations’

A single exposure to insecticides can have 'persistent effects' on bees, reducing population growth for multiple generations, according to research

Landfill

Cardiff Bay landfill pollution still ongoing four years after first reports

A disused landfill site polluting Cardiff Bay with contaminated water was first brought to the council’s attention four years ago, but inaccurate drain maps are being blamed for the delay in stopping it

Analysis

Plastics

Why is DEFRA dragging its feet on plastics policies?

Pile of waste plastic

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

Environmental Law

Live consultations: Abstraction reform, groundwater permitting, biosecurity, combined heat and power, offshore transmission and the future of transport

ENDS’ round-up of the latest major government consultations, including moving abstraction and impoundment to the environmental permitting regime, reform of conditions for groundwater activities, protecting the UK from harmful pests and diseases, a potential end to unabated cogeneration, planning offshore electricity networks centrally, and criminalising tampering with vehicle emissions control systems

Global negotiations

Interview: What’s next in the global fight against chemicals and waste pollution

Dr Rolph Payet, executive secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, speaks to ENDS about the impact of the covid crisis on international cooperation, the threat of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, and the prospect of a new treaty on plastic waste

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Rewriting the rulebook: How government plans to diverge from EU green standards could affect business

Industry professionals tell ENDS where the UK government is likely to start charting a new course on environmental rules and what could hold it back

Regulation

The debrief: How a groundbreaking carbon capture and use scheme secured its environmental permit

When an international chemicals firm wanted to develop the UK’s first large-scale scheme to capture carbon emissions and use them in a range of applications, it also found itself blazing a path through a complex permitting process

Legislation

Why do secrecy clauses underpin the Office for Environmental Protection?

The Environment Bill contains provisions that would prevent the green watchdog from disclosing information about its investigations, alarming peers and green groups alike. Wil Crisp reports

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