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Coal

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Tracking Britain's record coal-free run

Updated daily: Britain has recorded its first coal-free month since the Industrial Revolution, having now gone without coal-fired generation for 42 consecutive days and... Read more

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Industrial emissions

Coronavirus: EA delays new emissions limits for large combustion plants

The operators of large combustion plants are now able to delay compliance with new emissions limit values due to come into force in July if they have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, the Environment Agency has announced

Land, Ecology & Development

HS2: MPs demand clarity over habitat clearance

The chair of the House of Commons’ Transport Committee has called on the government to confirm how many sites contractors for the HS2 rail project intend to clear during nesting season after a public outcry over clearances during the Covid-19 lockdown

Water pollution

‘Startling’: Microplastics passed on from insects to birds, study finds

Birds are ingesting hundreds of tiny plastic pieces every day via their insect prey and are feeding them to their chicks, a study has found

Brexit Hub Products & Chemicals

UK draft post-Brexit deal: 6 things we learned about chemicals regulations

The UK government this week published a draft agreement setting out its vision for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU, including an annex on chemicals regulations. ENDS takes you through what you need to know

Regulation

EA denies claims it has been ‘paralysed’ by IT failures during lockdown

The Environment Agency has refuted multiple claims it was ‘completely unprepared for lockdown’ and that IT kit and systems failures are hindering its staff’s capacity to work effectively

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Brexit deadlock: What the UK’s draft agreement tells us about the future of environmental standards

Brexit deadlock: What the UK’s draft agreement tells us about the future of environmental standards

With Brexit back on the political agenda, Simon Pickstone explores what the UK government’s newly published proposals for a trade deal with the EU would mean for green protections

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

UK Brexit negotiating position: 9 things you need to know

UK Brexit negotiating position: 9 things you need to know

With the UK’s draft text for a trade deal with the EU now published, ENDS takes you through its key environmental provisions, and how they relate to the EU’s aims for the talks

Air

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

London lockdown: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

Updated daily: Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of some lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Biodiversity / conservation

Map: The great Covid-19 animal takeover

Map: The great Covid-19 animal takeover

UPDATED: As Covid-19 lockdown measures have forced people to retreat from streets across the globe, animals have moved into the void, with images of brawling monkeys, marauding alligators and aggressive wild boars shared widely on social media. Our interactive map charts the phenomenon

Land, Ecology & Development

Covid-19: The 5 key questions to ask when considering ecology survey work

Covid-19: The 5 key questions to ask when considering ecology survey work

COMMENT: There’s no magic formula to deciding whether field-based activities should take place during the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead consultancies must take tough decisions about what outdoor work should continue without putting their own staff and others at risk, says Ben Kite

Biodiversity / conservation

Covid-19: The pandemic's threat to environmental progress

Covid-19: The pandemic's threat to environmental progress

‘Malicious’ wildlife crime is on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic as green groups’ incomes crash and regulators stay at home, leaving nature vulnerable and huge numbers of environmental programmes undelivered. Rachel Salvidge reports

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