Mayor of London unveils £3.1 urban tree planting funding package

The Mayor of London has pledged a further £3.1m to support tree planting across the capital, in bid to boost vital canopy cover and sun shade for citizens, support urban wildlife and biodiversity, reduce flood risk, and help combat absorb climate change by storing carbon. The “massive” tree planting package is aimed at protecting and … Read more

Yorkshire Water fined £1.6m over sewage pollution

Water company contracts for polluting a watercourse in Bradford with unauthorized sewage discharges in 2018 Yorkshire Water has been fined £1.6m for polluting a Bradford watercourse and breaching environmental law following a successful prosecution brought by the Environment Agency. Yorkshire Water appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court for sentencing yesterday, where it pleaded guilty to unauthorized … Read more

‘Nutrient credits’: Government launches latest water pollution crackdown

Just days after the Environment Agency released a damning assessment of the water industry’s continuing failure to tackle sewage overflows and other serious pollution incidents, the government yesterday launched its latest package of measures to tackle water pollution across England. The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) unveiled a series of plans designed … Read more

Alan Lovell appointed as new Environment Agency chair

Alan Lovell has been appointed chair of the Environment Agency, where he will take up the reins in September following the departure of outgoing chair Emma Howard Boyd, the government announced yesterday. Lovell has spent much of his career in business, having served as CEO or chair at a number of leading businesses, primarily in … Read more

‘Climate change is happening now’: Roadmap sets out Environment Agency’s new flood risk plan

The growing threat of flooding from rivers, the sea, and surface water is the focus of a new roadmap launched by The Environment Agency (EA) yesterday, setting out practical actions to be taken over the next four years to tackle escalating flood-related risks . The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Roadmap builds … Read more

Around 50 peatland, tree planting and biodiversity projects scoop government grants

A tree planting project in Liverpool and a plan to restore peatlands at the Great Fen in Cambridgeshire are among 50 initiatives sharing in government grants announced today with an eye on unlocking further private investment into nature restoration and climate action across England. Individual grants of up to £100,000 have been awarded to environmental … Read more

Environment Agency hits firms that have breached climate change schemes with £27m in fines

Brewers, automotive companies, and insurance firms are among 33 businesses fined by the Environment Agency for failing to comply with climate change schemes. The fines cover the 2020-21 financial year, with over £27m of fines issued in total for breaches of rules governing the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS), Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy … Read more