Endangered Ratty gets legal protection – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2008 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

“Nearly 12 years after conservationists asked government to help save the disappearing water vole, the whiskered creature that inspired the character Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows – along with seahorses, a shark and an edible snail – has become one of Britain’s most protected species.”

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The Guardian, 31st March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Newts keep couple out of £1m farmhouse – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2008 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

“Breeding newts could stop a couple moving back into their £1m farmhouse after they were flooded out in last summer’s storms.

When the Histeds applied to unblock the ditch on the side of the M4 they were told the species is so rare that potential habitats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.”

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The Guardian, 27th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown may legislate against free plastic bags – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2008 in environmental protection, news by sally

“Gordon Brown today signalled that he will use the law to stop supermarkets giving away free plastic bags within the next 12 months.”

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The Guardian, 29th February 2008

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Regina (Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corpn – WLR Daily

Posted February 26th, 2008 in animals, environmental protection, law reports, planning by sally

Regina (Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corpn; WLR (D) 59

“In considering the tension between the purposes of s136 of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 (bringing land into effective use) and s40 of the Natural Environment Act 2000 (conserving biodiversity) a benevolent construction should be given to planning decisions and, where a claimant contended that a decision was procedurally flawed, it was right to look behind the words used and see what had in substance been decided.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Council pays £60,000 to move four newts from path of construction site – The Times

Posted February 15th, 2008 in animals, environmental protection, news by sally

“A council is to challenge legislation after spending £60,000 to move four newts a short distance from the path of a construction site.”

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The Times, 15th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

£25 congestion charge will hit 30,000 of worst polluting vehicles, says mayor – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2008 in environmental protection, news, road traffic by sally

“Drivers of high powered sports cars and 4x4s will be hit by a new £25 charge every time they enter central London under plans to reduce congestion and cut pollution across the capital.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Biofuel demand leading to human rights abuses, report claims – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2008 in environmental protection, human rights, news by sally

“EU politicians should reject targets for expanding the use of biofuels because the demand for palm oil is leading to human rights abuses in Indonesia, a coalition of international environmental groups claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal action threatened over “sham” Heathrow consultation – the Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2007 in airports, environmental protection, news by sally

“Councils opposed to a third London runway threatened legal action yesterday after Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, provoked fury by signalling a massive expansion of Heathrow.”

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The Independent, 23rd November 2007

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Government presses ahead with planning shake-up – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2007 in environmental protection, news, planning by sally

“The Government today confirmed its commitment to pressing ahead with reforms to the planning system which have attracted criticism from green groups.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bill signals legally-binding emissions targets – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2007 in carbon dioxide emissions, climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

“The Queen’s Speech includes a Climate Change Bill which would make the UK the first country in the world to introduce legally-binding targets for emissions cuts.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

National Trust in houses land row – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2007 in environmental protection, housing, news by sally

“The National Trust has said it would fight the government to protect the countryside from housing development.”

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BBC News, 3rd November 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government accused over emissions bill – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2007 in carbon dioxide emissions, climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

“Green groups and opposition politicians rounded on the government yesterday for not imposing tighter limits on carbon emissions in its amendment to the climate change bill – and claimed that airlines and shipping firms, two of the biggest polluters, had been let off the hook.”

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The Guardian, 30th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales – Times Law Reports

Posted October 26th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, waste by sally

Permit required for intermediate treatment

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales

House of Lords

“The requirement for a permit in order to operate waste water plants, where the treatment resulted in nonhazardous waste being discarded, applied to installations where intermediate treatment took place prior to transportation to another site for final treatment and disposal.”

The Times, 26th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Govt. reforms of planning laws ‘likely illegal’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2007 in environmental protection, news, planning by sally

“Proposals to force through major developments such as airports or nuclear power stations by limiting the scope for public objections are likely to be ruled illegal, lawyers have warned the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales – WLR Daily

Posted October 18th, 2007 in environmental protection, law reports, waste by sally

United Utilities Water plc v Environment Agency for England and Wales [2007] UKHL 41

“The requirement for a permit to operate waste water treatment plants which disposed of non-hazardous water waste applied to plants where intermediate treatment took place prior to its transportation to another installation for further treatment and disposal. The House of Lords so held in dismissing an appeal by United Utilities Water plc against the decision of the Court of Appeal (Sir Anthony Clarke, MR, Laws and Smith LJJ) [2006] EWCA Civ 633 upholding an order of Nelson J that United Utilities required a permit from the Environment Agency for England and Wales for sludge treatment plants at Bolton, Davyhulme and Widnes.”

WLR Daily, 17th October 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Watchdog sees red and tells companies to come clean when they try to go green – The Times

Posted October 8th, 2007 in advertising, environmental protection, news by sally

“A clampdown on fake and exaggerated ‘green’ claims has been launched by Britain’s advertising watchdog after a flurry of complaints about unsubstantiated environmental boasts by some of the world’s best-known companies.”

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The Times, 8th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Climate bill nearing completion – Reuters

Posted August 16th, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“The government is likely to put forward legislation within three months to cut carbon emissions by at least 60 percent in the fight against global warming, environmentalists said on Wednesday.”

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Reuters, 15th August 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

National Trust (Northern Ireland) Act 2007

Posted August 7th, 2007 in environmental protection, historic buildings, legislation by sally

National Trust (Northern Ireland) Act 2007  published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Tougher carbon targets law urged – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“The government’s proposals to tackle climate change need to be tougher and legally enforceable, say MPs and peers.”

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BBC News, 3rd August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Tree and Wildlife Action Committee Ltd.) v. Forestry Commissioners and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted July 17th, 2007 in environmental protection, forestry, law reports by sally

Impact of development

Regina (Tree and Wildlife Action Committee Ltd.) v. Forestry Commissioners and Another

Queen’s Bench Division

“When deciding whether an environmental impact assessment was required in relation to a proposed development involving deforestation, the Forestry Commissioners should have considered the effect of the development as well as the effect of the deforestation.”

The Times, 17th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.