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Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

The planning approval given to a Hampshire reservoir reveals the tough decisions that will need to be made in the face of projected water shortages. Does the protection of chalk streams justify the destruction of ancient woodland? Catherine Early reports... Read more

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Planning & land use

Nutrients crisis: New builds 'at a standstill' due to phosphate guidance

Planning applications for new developments are at a standstill in Wales as a result of new rules intended to reduce phosphate pollution, according to reports


Ofwat warns it will take action against water companies over storm overflows

Ofwat has written to all water companies in England and Wales calling on them to meet 'growing expectations' about the use of storm overflows, which spill raw sewage into rivers and seas, and has said it could take action against water firms which are not doing enough

Water pollution

Anglian Water pays out £100,000 to charity for two water pollution incidents

The Environment Agency has revealed details of an enforcement undertaking in which Anglian Water agreed to pay two charities £50,000 each for two separate pollution incidents


Farm pays out £25,000 to wildlife charity after unlicensed water abstraction

An Essex farm has donated £25,000 to Essex Wildlife Trusts after an Environment Agency investigation found it to be abstracting water during a period of dry weather

Environmental Politics

UK infrastructure bank opens for business with focus on net zero

The government’s UK Infrastructure Bank has officially opened for business, with the body’s ‘mission’ including a focus on meeting the government’s net zero emissions target, but a tension has been identified between economic and environmental objectives


Hazardous waste

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

Carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste have been found on land treated with a new fertiliser, which was spread on at least two farms in the north west, where livestock have fallen sick and died. How does a disaster like this happen? asks Rachel Salvidge

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure


Toxic time bombs: The historic landfills at risk of flooding

Hundreds of historic landfills are located in areas susceptible to flooding, an analysis by ENDS has found. The finding adds to growing concerns that old tips could become major sources of pollution as a result of climate change if no action is taken to protect them

Water pollution

5 things you need to know about the government's sewage plan

The government is trying to reduce the water sector’s reliance on storm overflows after data showed raw sewage was released in waterways for 3.1 million hours in 2020


The green impacts of the Queen’s Speech: 8 things you need to know

The Queen’s Speech confirmed the Environment Bill’s return to parliament, but there are fears a new Planning Bill could undermine its green protections and there was no promise of new legislation to help the UK meet its new, tougher emissions reductions targets. Here’s what you need to know

Water pollution

Do government pledges to tackle sewage pollution hold water?

DEFRA claims it is getting tough with water firms and has announced measures to tackle sewage pollution, but do they go far enough? Wil Crisp reports.

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