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  • The documents set out set out targets and actions for 13 industries including power, chemicals production, landfill and hazardous waste. Photograph: Macor/123RF

    Non-compliance a problem at permitted sites

    While proliferation of illegal waste sites is leading to an increase in pollution, new EA figures show permitted sites are also a growing problem

  • David Davis under pressure over Brexit reports. Photograph: Tomas Marek/123RF

    Partial release of Brexit reports sparks row

    Decision to release Brexit impact studies covering sectors including environmental services in redacted form sparks major row

  • The decision will do little to settle whether glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup range, is truly carcinogenic. Photograph: Mike Mozart CC BY-SA 2.0

    EU re-approves controversial herbicide glyphosate

    The European Commission has secured a five-year extension for the authorisation of controversial weedkiller ingredient glyphosate

  • Gareth Simkins, writer, ENDS Report

    The surprising Mr Gove

    Gareth Simkins: Although it is still early days, warnings of Michael Gove’s baleful influence on the environment appear misplaced.

  • Bee populations are subject to numerous environmental pressures but fungicides were not thought to be among them. Photograph: TeunSpaans/Wikimedia

    Fungicide found to hit bees

    Declines in bee populations have been linked to a commonly used fungicide, surprising scientific consensus

  • 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

  • Bees and hoverflies are in decline. Photograph: WangAizhong/123RF

    Pollinator monitoring project underway

    A pollinator population project, soft launched in the summer with funding from DEFRA, is being heralded as a big step forward for vulnerable insects

  • 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

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