On the blog today we cover the results of the EU Fisheries Council negotiations overnight on fishing quotas for the next 12 months, and further reaction to yesterday's publication of the Animal Welfare (sentencing and recognition of sentience) Bill.
On the blog today we address reports that lead non-executive director Steve Holliday is expected to hand in his notice, advice for backyard flock keepers to remain vigilant for signs of bird flu, and our pledge to tackle plastic pollution.
On the blog today: Environment Secretary Michael Gove announces the UK will support further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, we highlight Natural England work to support the Bittern following stats showing their numbers are increasing, and Lord Gardiner visits the Cotswolds AONB.
On the blog today we look at a flood preparedness exercise today in Stratford-upon-Avon, the future of agriculture and fisheries policy post Brexit, and a legal challenge to the UK plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide emissions.
On the blog today we address media stories on tree planting rates, a new survey showing support for deposit return schemes to address plastic waste, and bovine TB testing.
On the blog today - statistics on marine litter are in the news; we look at government action to address this problem. Plus the Environment Secretary announces a review, led by Major General Tim Cross, into multi-agency flood plans.
The Environment Secretary and International Trade Secretary addressed questions for MPS and Lords yesterday on chlorinated chicken, and Minister Coffey today helps launch a 'bottleship' to clear plastic litter from the canals and waterways around London's Canary Wharf.
Air quality The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report today highlighted the impact of poor air quality in towns and cities around the UK. The study was picked up widely by the national press this morning. This included the …
On the blog today: Michael Gove announces new funding to boost farm productivity at the World Dairy Summit in Northern Ireland, and Thérèse Coffey helps launch the countdown to the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade conference.
Maximum litter fines increased to £150, Secretary of State highlights the state of the country’s soils in a speech to industry stakeholders, EU Glyphosate vote fails, and the Environment Agency protected over 1000 properties during Storm Brian.
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