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  • Sending old diesel cars to the scrapheap would do little to improve air quality Photograph: David Wright/Geograph

    Scrappage won’t work, says new study

    A unique investigation of millions of cars on the UK’s roads has shown that the least polluting ones are found in the most polluted areas

  • Environment secretary Michael Gove. Photograph: Parliament TV

    Gove mulls Environmental Protection Bill

    An Environmental Protection Act and a national policy statement underpinning environmental principles are being considered by the environment secretary

  • DEFRA attempted to suppress its 'Smarter Environmental Legislation Review'. Photograph: DEFRA

    Shelved environment plan comes to light

    A comprehensive review of domestic legislation was shelved but could still provide useful lessons for post-Brexit policymaking

  • Twelve other countries have ratified the amendment already. Photograph: Sophon Chartthong/123RF

    UK ratifies global HFC phase-down agreement

    The Kigali Amendment, which would severely restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons, moved a step closer to ratification as the UK became the latest country to sign it

  • Glamorgan Coast, Wales. Photograph: margaretclavell/123RF

    Marine licensing to be devolved to Wales

    Revised regulations render responsibility for conservation and control over licensing in relation to protected species to Welsh government

  • Cuadrilla's Preese Hall site after restoration. Photograph: Cuadrilla

    Treasury sets out frack fund plans

    Local communities will get to decide how up to 10% of tax revenues from fracking operations will be spent in their area but payouts are capped at £10m over 25 years

  • Photograph: 123RF

    Chemical bodies call for Brexit certainty

    UK and EU chemical industry bodies have united to demand clarity over the future of trade and regulation

  • More water projects may qualify as 'nationally significant infrastructure'. Photograph: daveh123/123RF

    DEFRA tries to head off water shortage

    DEFRA plans to fast track planning consent for large water supply projects in a bid to head off a water shortage of up to a fifth of England’s demand by 2050

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