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Can a name and shame outfit turn the tide on water pollution?

Can a name and shame outfit turn the tide on water pollution?

A new public pressure group hopes to name and shame polluters into improving their environmental behaviour, but can it work? Wil Crisp reports

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EXCLUSIVE: Water pollution testing in England drops by two thirds amid pandemic

Experts have warned that the full extent of pollution discharged into England’s waterways over 2020 will never be known due to a dramatic decline in the number of tests carried out by the Environment Agency during the pandemic

Waste water & sewage

Raw sewage flows onto Isle of Wight beach

An overnight pump failure has caused raw sewage to flood parts of Ryde beachfront at Appley, in the latest of Southern Water’s sewage breaches

Water pollution

DEFRA threatened with legal action over sewage discharges in waterways

DEFRA is being threatened with legal action after accusations that it has failed to take meaningful action against water companies that are discharging sewage into England's waterways


Environmental risk assessments ‘must consider behavioural impacts of chemicals on human and animals’

The impacts of chemical pollution on the behaviour of wildlife and humans which can influence 'reproductive success, feeding, growth, and survival' needs to be better considered in environmental risk assessment methods, a newly-published research paper has recommended


Community prepares fly swarm evidence against water firm

A community is gathering evidence to support its bid for an abatement notice to be served against Southern Water over fly infestations



Why environmental principles risk becoming a ‘tick box exercise’

Why environmental principles risk becoming a ‘tick box exercise’

Loopholes and caveats in DEFRA’s long-awaited policy statement on environmental principles will undermine government rhetoric, critics believe. Catherine Early reports

Water pollution

MAPPED: 700 sewage outfalls under investigation for frequent spills

Hundreds of CSOs are being investigated for the frequency of their sewage spills, according to ENDS' analysis of a water industry environment programme, but it will be some years before any action is taken. Take a look at ENDS' map to see if there's one near you

Environmental Politics

Why DEFRA 'lacks the clout’ to deliver its environment plan

Two recent Public Accounts Committee inquiries have questioned DEFRA’s ability to lead other departments, and even its own agencies, to achieve its aims for the environment. Catherine Early reports

Land, Ecology & Development

Why a judicial review could torpedo a pioneering approach to nutrient neutrality

Councils are seeking to rewild farmland in an attempt to reduce nitrate pollution in the Solent. But their plans, drawn up in response to Natural England advice that has halted housebuilding, face a legal threat from campaigners, who say that they lack ambition and the science is not proven. James Fair reports


Data check: Why the EA is recording fewer pollution incidents

The number of pollution incidents recorded by the Environment Agency are falling ENDS looks at the data


The debrief: How an innovative beach restoration scheme is helping to protect homes and industry from flooding

Concrete and rock have long been the go-to materials for coastal defences, but an innovative scheme on the Norfolk coast looked instead to restoring and reprofiling a beach to help protect homes and industry from North Sea storm

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