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  • Seagrass

    In brief: Seagrass meadows, wrasse removal

    Also in the news, nitrogen linked to seagrass meadow decline, judicial review over wrasse relocation, vital need for greener data centres, fracking ‘conflict of interest’ and Wales predicts ecotourism growth post-Brexit

  • Sea floor after alleged dredging

    Illegal dredging uncovered in Scotland

    Environmental groups says more work is needed to monitor fishing vessels after illegal dredging was uncovered in a protected area

  • Salt marshes at Poole, Dorset. Photograph: Helen Hotson/123RF

    Protected coast habitat rapidly being lost

    The UK has lost swathes of protected intertidal habitat since 1945 and continues to lose at least 60 hectares every year, according to a study by the RSPB

  • Field with trees and stream. Photograph: David Ronald Head/123RF

    25-year environment plan splits opinion

    The highly-anticipated 25-year environment plan has split opinion with some saying it ‘lacks teeth and urgency’ while others praise its scope and ambition

  • Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA

    Brexit puts ‘significant strain’ on DEFRA

    Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office

  • Water is being taken from some rivers and aquifers unsustainably. Photograph: Jon Ingall/123RF

    DEFRA sets out abstraction reform plans

    The EA will crack down on abstraction licences, develop catchment strategies, integrate licensing into permitting regulations, review charges and digitise the whole licensing system

  • UK commits to working with UN to combat marine plastic waste. Photograph: Tetyana Kochneva/123RF

    Plastic litter cleanup pledge signed by UK

    The UK signed up to 13 resolutions at the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi including the control of plastic waste and fighting antimicrobial resistance

  • Bevan is mulling changing water quality definitions. Photograph: Michael Charles/123RF

    England to miss 2027 water quality targets

    England will miss its already deferred water quality targets out to 2027, according to Environment Agency chief James Bevan

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