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  • River Tamar in Devon has a legacy of contamination, particularly from its mining past. Photograph: Helen Hotson/Alamy Stock Photo

    Rise of the zombie pollutants

    Climate change is stirring up historic contaminated sediments from England’s rivers and little is being done to clean them up, as Rachel Salvidge discovers

  • The Wales Assembly building in Cardiff. Photograph: Anthony Baggett/123RF

    Welsh government criticised for lack of action on marine protection

    A Welsh assembly committee has pressed the Welsh environment secretary to provide greater detail on how she plans to improve protection of the nation’s coast and seas, following its inquiry into the issue.

  • The 25-year environment plan is due anytime from November. Photograph: Chris Elwell/123RF

    25-year food and farming plan scrapped

    The much-delayed 25-year environment plan will cover the environmental aspects of food and farming while the main thrust will be dealt with by the agriculture and fisheries bills

  • The Caterpillar factory in Larne is on the coast of the Irish Sea. Photograph: Wilson Adams CC BY-SA 2.0

    Caterpillar fined for diesel spill

    The heavy plant manufacturer has been fined £7,500 for discharging 40,000 litres of oil into the Irish Sea

  • EAC says DEFRA's response to its recommendations was inadequate. Photograph: 123RF

    MPs slam DEFRA over delayed marine protection

    The government is dragging its feet in completing its marine conservation zone network, according to the Environmental Audit Committee

  • Michael Gove asked the committee for advice on the 25-year environment plan.

    Gove takes advice on 25-year environment plan

    The Natural Capital Committee has urged Michael Gove to include robust governance and measurable milestones in the forthcoming 25-year environment plan

  • ENDS has seen a copy of Tidal Lagoon Power’s assessment sent for NRW review not currently in the public domain. Photograph: E. Peter Steenstra/Flickr Exclusive

    Potential fish losses from tidal lagoon project revealed

    The impact on fish populations from constructing Swansea Bay tidal lagoon will be ‘insignificant’, according to its developer

  • Atlantic salmon in the River Severn: it could take five years to understand the impacts of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon on migratory fish. Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo

    Swimming against the tide

    Can fish derail the world’s first tidal lagoon? James Parsons investigates the challenges facing lagoons, barrages and marine energy projects around the world

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