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How are councils addressing the south coast nitrates crisis?

How are councils addressing the south coast nitrates crisis?

Planning permission for new houses in South Hampshire has all but ground to a halt following Natural England advice on the damaging impact of extra nitrates on protected sites. But councils are now... Read more

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Virtual reality: EA study mulls using role play to persuade communities of climate change dangers

Role play and virtual reality technology could be deployed to help the Environment Agency (EA) convince communities to move away from areas at risk from rising sea levels, according to a report commissioned by the regulator

Environmental Law

Landowner pays £27,000 for chemical dumping that killed fish

A retired plant nursery owner has received a small fine for allowing waste pesticides to enter a watercourse, though has been forced to pay £25,000 in costs to the Environment Agency

Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s new ministerial team: 9 things you need to know

It has been all change at DEFRA since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July. Here’s what you need to know about the department’s new ministerial team

Environmental Politics

Met Office’s super-sensitive climate change projections identify localised risks

New UK climate change projections are so fine-grained that they are on a par with weather forecasting and are “essential for understanding flood risk”, according to the Met Office

Fines Monitor Water

‘Negligent’ Anglian Water to pay £157,000 for sewage spill

Anglian Water has been fined £146,000 for polluting a Northamptonshire stream with sewage two years ago



Data check: Pollution incidents in Wales

Pollution incidents in Wales are increasing, according to Natural Resources Wales

Environmental Politics

What’s going to be in the Environment Bill?

The remaining parts of the draft Environment Bill are due to be published this autumn. What do we already know and what has yet to be resolved?


Interview: What South West Water's boss thinks about securing fast-track status, the 'jaws of death' and fatbergs

Ofwat considers South West Water to be a top performer, but according to the Environment Agency its environmental performance is “unacceptable”. The firm’s boss Christopher Loughlin says it is being unfairly penalised by the EA’s choice of performance measure


Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?

Brexit Hub Agriculture & forestry

‘Something has gone very wrong’: Villiers targets environmental impact of land use

The UK must radically rethink how it produces food if it is to fight climate change and reverse the decline of nature, Theresa Villiers has said in her first major intervention since becoming environment secretary


Are anaerobic digesters a net loss for the environment?

With an anaerobic digester spill killing 10,000 fish in Devon this month and the wider industry receiving flak for growing maize for feedstock, James Fair asks whether the booming low-carbon technology is ultimately good for the environment

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