Purdah: Government should obey the law in the run-up to an election – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last November the judge decided that the UK’s air pollution plans under EU and domestic laws were not good enough. The case has a long, and unedifying back-story of Government not doing what the law says it should do.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th May 2017

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Litter ‘police’ paid bonuses to hand out fines to public, investigation finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Litter “police” are being paid bonuses of up to £1,000 a month for handing out fines to members of the public, an investigation has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th May 2017

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Saving the Environment: The Prospect of Electric Aircraft – 4 KBW

Posted May 15th, 2017 in aircraft, airlines, electricity, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The electric car, once only the domain of eccentric Sci-Fi movies, has now well and truly found its way into everyday consumer life. So, what’s next for the world of fuel innovation? Will we really be able to power commercial flights using just electric fuel, as we now can cars?’

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4 KBW, 12th May 2017

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Government set to be taken back to court over air pollution plans – The Guardian

‘Environment lawyers are expected to take the government back to court over its controversial plans to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis. They say the proposals are so weak they flout ministers’ obligation to protect public health.

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The Guardian, 6th May 2017

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Anger at no prosecution over shooting of bird of prey – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2017 in birds, environmental protection, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A decision by prosecutors to drop charges against a former gamekeeper accused of illegally shooting a bird of prey has prompted anger among conservationists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2017

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Government rules out appealing air quality plan ruling – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has confirmed that it will not appeal last week’s High Court judgment which ordered it to produce its air quality plans by 9 May, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd May 2017

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Government loses bid to suppress pollution plan that could drop ‘controversial bomb’ on election – The Independent

Posted April 28th, 2017 in delay, elections, environmental protection, government departments, news by tracey

‘The Government has lost a High Court bid to delay publication of an air pollution plan – described as a “controversial bomb” by its own lawyer – until after the General Election.’

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The Independent, 27th April 2017

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High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay – The Guardian

‘The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air plan.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2017

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High Court fast-tracks challenge to environmental costs reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2017 in charities, costs, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The High Court has fast-tracked a judicial review brought by three charities challenging the new costs regime for cases involving the environment.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2017

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Fracking activists in Lancashire lose high court bid to stop drilling – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in energy, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘Lancashire residents fighting to block a fracking site have said they are “truly dismayed” after losing a high court legal challenge.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2017

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High Court quashes planning permission for five-bed home for third time – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 12th, 2017 in environmental protection, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Northumberland Council has seen its grant of planning permission for a five-bed home quashed by the High Court for a third time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2017

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New litter strategy could see fly-tippers given community service – The Guardian

‘Fly-tippers could be forced to pick up litter as part of community service, the environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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MPs launch unprecedented inquiry into air pollution amid Government delay and inaction – The Independent

‘In an unprecedented move, four House of Commons select committees are to investigate the state of air pollution in cities across the country.’

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The Independent, 20th March 2017

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Thousands join UK legal case against VW over emissions scandal – The Guardian

‘More than 35,000 motorists have joined a class action lawsuit against VW in England and Wales over the emissions scandal.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point – The Guardian

‘A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2017

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Man guilty of capturing and killing UK’s rarest butterfly – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in animals, environmental protection, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘A collector has been found guilty of capturing and killing the UK’s rarest butterfly.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017

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New costs cap regime in force for environmental cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘Courts in England and Wales have new powers to change the maximum cost liabilities that those challenging environmental decisions of public bodies’ through judicial review could be exposed to under new rules that are now in force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2017

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Environment groups fear cost rules may deter vital court challenges – The Guardian

‘Legal challenges to government air pollution standards or to the expansion of Heathrow airport have become too risky financially to pursue under new court regulations, environmental groups are warning.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in climate change, EC law, enforcement, environmental protection, news, reports by sally

‘In this latest Environmental News Update, Christopher Badger comments on a record payment for an enforcement undertaking agreed by the Environment Agency, the House of Lords Brexit report, and the UK’s role in the EU-ETS scheme.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd February 2017

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Companies pay out more than £1.5m for breaking environment laws – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2017 in enforcement, environmental protection, fines, news, pollution by sally

‘More than £1.5m will go to projects that help wildlife and the environment as companies pay for breaking green laws, the Environment Agency has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2017

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