Environmental Law News

The purpose of this Weekly Environmental Law News Update is to provide the latest environmental news stories and legal analysis in a readily accessible format concentrating on the week’s three key headlines.

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Posted on: 21 January 2020

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan and Nicholas Ostrowski consider the launch of a new Waste Crime Task Force, a case upholding the Environment Agency’s charging scheme for vessels and a successful appeal regarding the landfill tax treatment of ‘fluff’.

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Posted on: 15 January 2020

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Mark Davies consider the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill, the Dutch Supreme Court’s ruling in the Urgenda litigation and the role of local authorities in climate change and nuisance law.

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Posted on: 7 January 2020

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider predictions for the year ahead, new legal limits on sulphur in shipping fuel and Mark Carney’s call for action on climate change disclosures.

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Posted on: 18 December 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Gordon Wignall assess our blog predictions made back in January, the progress of the European Green Deal and this year’s selection of Christmas songs for environmental lawyers.

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Posted on: 12 December 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger, Charles Morgan and Gordon Wignall consider a call for evidence on the sixth climate budget from the Committee on Climate Change, a dramatic increase in the carbon price used for calculating civil penalties, a case considering the effect of arrangements entered into between a local authority and Thames Water relating to water supply and the rise in private law climate change actions in nuisance.

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Posted on: 3 December 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Mark Davies, Angelica Rokad and William McBarnet consider the first ever televised climate change debate, coverage of environmental issues in the Conservative election manifesto and the recent prosecution of Weetabix for polluting the River Ise.

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Posted on: 27 November 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan and Mark Davies consider a case concerning the legality of an environmental permit and the coverage of environmental issues in the Labour election manifesto.

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Posted on: 19 November 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers a successful appeal for the disclosure of privileged instructions to Counsel under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, the adoption of legislative reforms on sustainable finance and investments by the European Council and Greenpeace claims that the UK will miss environmental targets for 2020 and beyond.

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Posted on: 12 November 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Mark Davies and William McBarnet consider the end of government support for fracking, a criminal behaviour order imposed for noise nuisance and new Forestry Commission guidance for ‘Managing England’s woodlands in a climate emergency’.

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Posted on: 6 November 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Mark Davies consider developments regarding the Environment Bill, leadership in the climate crisis and a case against Exxon Mobil in the US for improper forecasting of the cost of climate regulation to its business.

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Posted on: 29 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers new pollution statistics from the Environment Agency, a new cabinet committee on climate change chaired by the Prime Minister and FCA feedback on climate change and green finance.

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Posted on: 23 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the recently published Environment Bill, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and whether public nuisance might provide a means of taking action in cases of climate change.

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Posted on: 15 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the Environment Agency’s aim to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030, Mark Carney’s comments on climate risks and resilience and new Environment Agency guidance on climate change risk assessments for bespoke permits.

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Posted on: 8 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers Ofwat’s new strategy, the publication of a new report on climate benchmarks by the EU Technical Expert Group and a new Environment Agency consultation on the new standard rules permits.

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Posted on: 2 October 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Mark Davies considers environmental developments in Scotland, a new fisheries agreement with Norway and acquittal of French climate protestors.

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Posted on: 24 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger considers plans to host the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, publication of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s radioactive waste strategy and the announcement of a review of bio-waste sites by the Environment Agency.

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Posted on: 17 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and William McBarnet consider the implications of air quality factors in planning decisions, a recommendation for flexibility in local authority waste strategies and criticism from the Natural Capital Committee of DEFRA’s environmental “progress”.

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Posted on: 10 September 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider a possible end to austerity, imminent compliance deadlins for pension providers to publish social, environmental or ethical considerations used in their investments and ClientEarth writes to local authorities to ask how they intend to meet their environmental obligations.

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Posted on: 6 August 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Nicholas Ostrowski, Charles Morgan and Mark Davies consider a new ECJ case dealing with questions about the meaning of waste, record fines in water pollution cases and the power of corporate law in the environmental sphere.

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Posted on: 30 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Gordon Wignall and Nicholas Ostrowski consider the government’s approach to plastic packaging tax and waste law and further clarification on costs in environmental statutory and judicial review.

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Posted on: 24 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Charles Morgan and Mark Beard consider the responsibilities of developers to protect wildlife, the latest water industry price reviews from Ofwat and a recent judgment ordering the Environment Agency to pay substantial damages for breach of Convention Rights.

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Posted on: 16 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Christopher Badger consider the law on exports of waste and waste classification, the Environment Agency’s report on the performance of water companies in 2018 and publication of the first international standard for climate change.

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Posted on: 9 July 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Nicholas Ostrowski and Mark Davies consider Peter Kellett’s UKELA presentation on how to achieve environmental compliance, the publication of the Environment Agency’s quarterly scorecard and the UK Government’s new Green Finance Strategy.

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Posted on: 26 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger considers the decision by Ofwat to impose a financial penalty on Southern Water for failings in the performance of its wastewater operations, the imposition of over £3.7 million of civil sanctions on charitable organisations for environmental offences and further developments in the Manchester Ship Canal case.

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Posted on: 18 June 2019

Environmental Law News Update

In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC, Christopher Badger and Mark Daviesconsider the UK’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, the end of the road for the M4 relief road project and substantial financial penalties for an oil refinery operator and contractor following an explosion in 2011.

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