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Millions more to be affected by flooding as Greenland's ice melt faster than expected

11/12/2019

More than 40 million people than expected will be affected by coastal flooding by 2100 a new study has revealed.

‘Vast majority’ of council vehicles run on diesel despite pollution concerns

11/12/2019

Over 90% of vehicles operated by local authorities run on diesel despite council efforts to tackle air pollution, new research has revealed.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

It’s party time

05/12/2019

Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

What next for the Environment Bill?

04/12/2019

Simon Colvin explores what local government needs to know about the Environment Bill.

Bristol backpedals on diesel vehicle acquisition

03/12/2019

Bristol City Council has suspended its roll-out of a new vehicle fleet after purchasing dozens of diesel vehicles despite a planned city centre diesel ban.

Council accidentally cuts down 800 young trees

20/11/2019

Reading Borough Council has apologised to community volunteers after accidentally digging up hundreds of newly planted saplings.

Council sets out plan to build 1,000 social homes

12/11/2019

Nottingham City Council has committed to building or buying 1,000 council houses and creating thousands of new jobs over the next decade.

Bristol council considers banning diesel vehicles

30/10/2019

Bristol City Council is considering banning diesel vehicles in what it claims will be the quickest way to reduce nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Council to trial use of plastic kerbstones

28/10/2019

Kerbstones made from recycled plastics will be trialled by Wokingham Borough Council.

Six local authorities sign housing deal with Homes England

24/10/2019

The Government has launched a nearly £40m fund in an attempt to kick start a ‘green housing revolution’ in the north of England.

Support local industrial strategies to ‘promote a zero-carbon economy’, think tanks say

23/10/2019

Government must support local industrial strategies, with new funding and devolved powers, to promote a zero-carbon economy, according to two think tanks.

Queen's Speech 19: Councils promised new powers to tackle pollution

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech promised an Environment Bill which will establish a ‘world-leading’ independent regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection, and hand some new powers to councils.

Councils urged to apply for funding from £2m air quality pot

04/10/2019

The Government has today announced the latest round of funding to help local authorities improve air quality across England.

Portsmouth’s energy firm sale falls through

29/08/2019

Portsmouth City Council has admitted defeat in its search for a buyer for its energy company.

Council hits carbon reduction target early

28/08/2019

Herefordshire Council has hit its 2020 carbon reduction target early, an outcome the authority says shows their ‘commitment to tackling the climate emergency’.

Whitehall carbon emission target ‘undeliverable’, MPs warn

22/08/2019

MPs have warned the Government that there are no policies in place to deliver the net-zero carbons emissions target by 2050.

Over 10 million patients in hospitals with ‘dangerous pollution levels’

19/08/2019

Nearly a quarter of hospitals in England are located in areas with poor air quality, new research reveals.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge

25/07/2019

Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

Brokenshire tells house builders to ‘protect wildlife’

22/07/2019

The communities secretary James Brokenshire has published new guidance to help developers do more to protect wildlife.

Cuadrilla plans second fracking well in Lancashire

12/07/2019

Fracking company Cuadrilla has announced it plans to drill a second well in Lancashire before its planning permission runs out in November. 

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Fall in number of councils reducing carbon footprint

28/06/2019

The number of UK local authority areas reducing their carbon footprint is falling despite Parliament setting a new target for cutting emissions, according to a research and campaign group.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

UK commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’

27/06/2019

The UK has become the ‘first major economy’ to pass a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

New toolkit launched to help councils go green

20/06/2019

A new toolkit designed to help local authorities reduce their carbon footprint and ‘trigger the wider benefits of bold climate action’ has been launched.

Illegal tipping sites uncovered in 'sting' operation

29/05/2019

Dozens of illegal tipping sites have been discovered in a 'sting' operation by environment and customs officers.

Top panel formed to study local impact of Social Value Act

23/05/2019

Localis has launched a research project asking if the Government is providing social, economic and environmental benefits through public procurement.

Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone

17/05/2019

Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

To what extent is the environment shaping national politics?

15/05/2019

Erica Popplewell explores what the local election results can tell us about concerns for the countryside and environment.

Khan hails 'landmark day' as London ULEZ begins

08/04/2019

London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) – described by mayor Sadiq Khan as the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard – began on Monday.

Heat networks can deliver huge energy savings with regional leadership

01/04/2019

Abandoning one-boiler-per-property model could deliver carbon savings, but it won’t happen without strategies at the regional level, argues Sweco's Andy King.

Councils must finalise air quality plans or face legal action, lawyers say

27/03/2019

Environmental campaigners have written to 38 local authorities warning them to finalise their air quality plans or face legal action.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Planners ‘must do more’ to protect people from pollution

28/02/2019

The Government's health advisers say planning authorities must make sure new building projects protect people from air pollution.

Scotland’s landfill ban will be £100m tax gift to England, waste experts say

27/02/2019

Waste management experts have ‘expressed deep concern’ that Scotland is not prepared for a landfill ban which will lead to higher haulage costs for councils.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Nottingham sets sights on being UK’s first carbon neutral city

23/01/2019

Nottingham City Council has set itself an ambitious target of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

Consultation plans for council tree felling proposed

03/01/2019

Councils would be required to consult residents before cutting down trees in urban areas under Government plans.

Parish councils protest against airport expansion

20/12/2018

A group of parish councils have protested at plans to expand Bristol Airport on the grounds that it will increase traffic and damage the environment.

Recycling services receive a £1bn boost

18/12/2018

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste strategy, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.

Developers may be forced to make 'biodiversity net gain'

03/12/2018

Developers will have to improve habitats for wildlife under new rules proposed by environment secretary Michael Gove.

Council abandons controversial plan to drop kerbside plastic collection

28/11/2018

Swindon has abandoned controversial proposals to withdraw the kerbside collection of plastics and says it will carry out further ‘research’ into the issue.

Khan launches five ‘clean air’ zones

16/11/2018

Sadiq Khan yesterday launched five new ‘clean air’ zones in a bid to clean up some of London’s worst polluted hotspots.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’

07/11/2018

Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

Whitehall launches ‘fracking’ consultation

01/11/2018

The Government has launched a consultation on community involvement in shale gas proposals in an effort to ‘open a meaningful dialogue’.

How local authorities can ditch plastic

29/10/2018

Mike Winter outlines the lessons learned from London's refill revolution.

Whitehall’s response to air pollution ‘lacks ambition’

29/10/2018

Health bodies have criticised the Government’s approach to pollution and called for legally enforced air standards to ensure cleaner air across the UK.

Saving Britain’s bees

10/10/2018

Sophie Hamnett urges local authorities to adopt pollinator action plans, which could help save them money as well as protecting the country’s bees.

Councils must ‘act now’ to tackle carbon emissions

09/10/2018

Councils must ensure all plans have carbon-reduction targets, charity says after report warns global warming will lead to ‘unprecedented changes' in society.

Heathrow legal challenges to go to full hearing

05/10/2018

Courts of Justice today ruled that all six legal challenges brought against the decision in June to back a third runway at Heathrow can go to a full hearing.

Gove announces £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste

02/10/2018

The Government will set up a £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste, the environment secretary has announced.

Welsh council moves to monthly refuse collection service

25/09/2018

Welsh council has announced it will only collect refuse destined for landfill or incineration once a month in an effort to save money and encourage recycling.

City leaders call on PM to take action on air pollution

28/08/2018

Leaders of the UK’s major cities have joined forces to urge Theresa May to take ‘tough and urgent’ action to deal with air pollution.

Council proposes 10-point plan to tackle air pollution

08/08/2018

Oxford City Council has called on the Government to adopt a 10-point plan to tackle high air pollution levels which contribute to 40,000 deaths every year.

Council’s solar farm generates £1.3m in second year

07/08/2018

Forest Heath council’s solar farm has generated more than £1.3m of income, enabling the authority to plough over £370,000 back into council services.

North Londoners urged to ‘wise up to waste’

01/08/2018

The 'Blue Planet' programme has had a massive effect on people's attitudes to plastic waste, new research has found.

Birmingham councillor calls for action on dumped fridges

19/07/2018

A Birmingham councillor has called on the Government to do more to tackle the issue of dumped fridges.

Council use of incinerators ‘doubles’ since 2010

16/07/2018

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has doubled in less than a decade, a new report reveals.

Fracking decisions should be made at a local level, MPs warn

05/07/2018

Government plans to move decisions on fracking applications away from local planning authorities would be 'hugely harmful' to local democracy, MPs warn.

Glasgow set for Scotland’s first low emission zone

15/06/2018

Glasgow is set to become the first city in Scotland to reduce air pollution by imposing a low emission zone.

New Tree Champion to ‘drive forward’ planting at local level

13/06/2018

Local authorities are to be required to consult with residents before felling trees in their areas under a new duty, the environment secretary has said.

Councils need guidance to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure

25/05/2018

Electric vehicles have potential, but ensuring the infrastructure is available to support them is critical. Andy King, director of energy at Sweco, explains.

Whitehall launches tool to measure air pollution

22/05/2018

The Government’s public health body has launched a new tool to help councils calculate the potential costs of air pollution.

Council chiefs call for ‘sufficient’ funding to implement clean air strategy

22/05/2018

Local authority leaders have warned new air quality plans can only be successful if they are supported by ‘local flexibility and sufficient funding’.

Cardiff considering £26.5m scheme to reduce carbon emissions

20/04/2018

Cardiff Council are considering a £26.5m scheme which could heat public and commercial buildings across the city using non-recyclable waste.

Recycling scheme to tackle plastic bottle waste

28/03/2018

Environment secretary Michael Gove today announced a new deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste.

Think tank outlines priorities for Sheffield's metro mayor

09/03/2018

The new mayor of Sheffield City Region should quickly introduce a ‘clean air charge’ when they take office, address skills gaps and bolster commercial centres, according to a think tank.

Official guidance barely ‘scrapes surface’ of air quality crisis

08/02/2018

Official air quality guidance directs councils to focus on buses rather than the more serious sources of air pollution, campaigners warn.

Councils welcome Government proposals to fine fly-tippers

15/01/2018

Local authorities have welcomed the Government’s pledge to provide them with the powers to do more to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping.

Only five councils bid for electric car charge points funding

12/01/2018

Only five councils have applied for funding to buy and install electric car charging points, the Government has revealed.

Charity publishes new guidelines for ‘nature-friendly’ developments

12/01/2018

A charity dedicated to the protection of wildlife has published a set of guidelines to help local authorities build nature-friendly housing developments.

New forest to help deliver ‘Green Brexit’, Gove claims

08/01/2018

The Environment Secretary has claimed the Government’s £6m plan to create a ‘Northern Forest’ would help deliver a ‘Green Brexit’.

MPs call for ‘latte levy’ to improve recycling facilities

05/01/2018

A 25p levy should be applied to all disposable coffee cups and a target set to recycle all cups by 2023, MPs have said today.

The problem with the T-Charge

18/12/2017

Will introducing a T-Charge in London help reduce emissions and improve air quality? Sukalpa Biswa argues there are more effective approaches.

Air pollution harming unborn babies, medical study shows

06/12/2017

Air pollution from road traffic in London is harming unborn babies, a shocking medical study has revealed.

Edinburgh offers £80,000 for electric vehicle charging system ideas

04/12/2017

The City of Edinburgh Council is offering £80,000 in a competition to find the best idea for how to develop new charging systems for electric vehicles.

Budget 2017: Hammond goes ‘electric first’ with car tech revolution

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond put the ‘technical revolution’ surrounding transport at the heart of his Budget today, but emphasised he would prioritise electric cars.

Councils awarded £11m for green buses

29/08/2017

Local authorities and bus companies have been awarded more than £10m to help them purchase low emission buses.

Local authority pension funds ‘ratcheting up’ climate change engagement

06/06/2017

Local authority pension funds are going to ‘ratchet up’ their efforts to encourage companies to be more aware of climate change and how it will impact the value of their stocks.

Bristol named ‘green capital’ of the UK

02/06/2017

Bristol has been named the greenest city in the UK as part of research into the country’s most environmentally friendly cities.

Experts say more hedges in cities could cut pollution

18/05/2017

Low hedges should be planted along roads in built-up areas of cities to help tackle pollution, a new study has urged.

Whitehall’s clean air proposals ‘passing buck’ to councils

05/05/2017

The Government is ‘passing the buck’ to local authorities with ‘weak’ proposals to tackle air pollution, environmental lawyers say.

Campaigners urge metro mayors to ‘green’ city regions

04/05/2017

Environmental campaigners have called on the incoming metro mayors to take urgent action to improve the environment in their city regions.

Local authorities urged to protect bees

06/04/2017

Councils have been urged to help save bees by cutting grass less often - and claim 'huge' public support for the policy.

London mayor blasts Heathrow expansion plans

31/03/2017

Sadiq Khan has accused the Government of not providing answers to ‘fundamental questions’ about the impact the third Heathrow runway will have on London.

Government announces nearly £300m investment into green vehicles

30/11/2016

The Government has announced a £290m investment plan to support green vehicles as part of it's target for cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050.

Report shows green buses are saving 55,000 tonnes of emissions per year

10/11/2016

Greener buses are saving 55,000 tonnes of emissions and delivering £8m in health and environmental benefits every year, according to a new report.

Controversial plans for Heathrow expansion approved

25/10/2016

The Government has announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow despite environmental concerns.

Milton Keynes reports 300% increase in low-emission vehicles

17/10/2016

Implementation of low-carbon transport technology in schemes throughout Milton Keynes has resulted in a tripling of the use of electric vehicles (EV) across the city, a council report has claimed.

Councils urged to bid for £35m funding for environmentally-friendly vehicles

14/10/2016

The Government is encouraging councils to bid for funding from a multi-million pound package designed to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission taxis and cars.

Local communities should have ‘final say’ on fracking, councils warn

06/10/2016

The decision on whether or not to allow fracking to go ahead should be in the hands of the local communities ‘most affected’, council chiefs say.

Norwich council to abolish single-use plastic products

30/09/2016

Norwich City Council has committed itself to becoming a single-use-plastic-free authority by the end of 2017.

Council pledges to improve wildlife habitats under road scheme

29/09/2016

Staffordshire County Council is promising to create ‘better wildlife habitats’ as part of works to build a relief road.

Whitehall should invest in low carbon ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse

12/09/2016

The Government should support the ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse by investing more in the low carbon economy, a new report argues.

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