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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

  • Environment secretary Michael Gove chastised for failing to respond to EFRA committee

    MPs warn DEFRA to pick up the pace

    The chair of the EFRA Committee has complained to the environment secretary that DEFRA is dragging its heels

  • 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

  • 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

  • Climate change driven extreme weather could prove extremely costly. Photograph: Designpics/123RF

    Extreme weather could hammer UK economy by 2050

    A natural capital stress test of the UK economy’s resilience reveals that extreme weather impacts on water supply, food and flood risk could cost the country tens of billions of pounds by 2050

  • Loch Riddon and Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Photograph: David Ronald Head/123RF

    Scotland prepares for half metre sea level rise

    Sea levels in the Firth of Clyde are expected to rise by 470mm by 2080, threatening habitats, naval bases and airports

  • Money made from water management markets could replace farm subsidies. Photograph: David Martyn Hughes/123RF

    Flood management payments should replace CAP subsidies, say NGOs

    England’s upland livestock farmers could earn more than £15,000 a year by putting in measures to protect flood prone areas, according to the National Trust and Green Alliance

  • 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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