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  • Woman holding cleaning products

    In brief: ‘Harmful’ cleaners, help for eels

    Also in the news, Birmingham hydrogen refuelling station gets permit, EA to use ‘military grade’ sonar for eels, cleaning chemical ‘harmful’ to female cleaners and consumer confusion over renewables

  • Digital Realty data centre

    10 things you need to know

    Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a diesel generator farm has been granted an environmental permit after eight years of operation and that the government wants to retain green powers from devolved nations temporarily after Brexit

  • Plastic water bottles

    In brief: Plastic water, extra Brexit funds

    Also in the news, microplastics found in bottled water, nearly £500m for DEFRA and BEIS Brexit staff, private equity firm targets energy storage and new members for Natural England board

  • Tractor ploughing field, farmland soil

    In brief: Soil health aim, sachets to blame

    Also in the news, government to address farm soil quality in bill, Anglian pays out over sewer overflow, council rejects fracking test, government criticised over GIB sell-off and crayfish success

  • Car being refuelled

    In brief: EC warns UK on fuel reporting

    Also in the news, EC warns UK over fuel quality reporting, new bottled water rules coming into force, paper plant plans biogas unit, Wales amends energy efficiency schemes and microplastics ‘everywhere’

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum pit head

    In brief: Coal buyout and asbestos fines

    Also in the news, microbeads found in 66% of Scottish sea samples while Great Manchester offers new £15m carbon fund

  • Pine Marten

    In brief: Pine martens good, 5p bags bad

    Also in the news, pine martens give red squirrels a boost, wood waste director hit with £6,491 costs, Aldi drops 5p plastic bags and arctic warming enquiry launched

  • Nant Helen open cast coal mine. Photograph: Nigel Davies/

    Inspectorate rejects open-cast coal mine

    The Planning Inspectorate has thrown out an appeal and refused planning permission for a new open-cast coal mine in Derbyshire

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