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  • 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

  • Sheep grazing on farmland in Devon. Photograph: Savo Ilic/123RF

    Water quality ‘could suffer after Brexit’

    Diffuse pollution from farming could reverse improvements in drinking water quality, the condition of rivers and the quality of bathing waters once the UK leaves the EU, according to researchers

  • 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

  • Agriculture is a major source of nitrates. Photograph: Kevin Eaves/123RF

    Nitrate pollution inquiry launched

    An inquiry into nitrate pollution has been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee, investigating the scale of the problem and its impacts on environment and human health

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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