UK’s Air Quality Expert Group seeks evidence on fine particulate matter

Responses from scientific experts will help inform government’s approach to reducing the pollutant

Government extends Green Homes Grant by a year

The year-long extension will give homeowners across England more time to have energy efficiency upgrades, helping up to 600,000 households save up to £600 on their energy bills

UK doubles Green Recovery Fund to £80m to support jobs and create new national parks

It is part of the government’s plans to help kickstart the nation’s green recovery, including the expansion of protected landscapes, increased access to nature and stronger flood resilience

SSEN deploys drones to inspect electricity infrastructure

Its partnership with Cyberhawk sees the use of drones to visualise power infrastructure from the rural Cotswolds to the urban areas of West London, without intrusion or inconvenience to customers

Retrofitting homes in northern England ‘could create 77,000 new green jobs’

IPPR North says the move to decarbonise existing housing stock would also generate 111,000 jobs across the UK’s supply chain by 2035

Communities at risk of flooding offered share of £200m

The new Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme will select 25 areas to pilot new and creative approaches to improve resilience to flooding and coastal change

Illegal waste containers shipped to Sri Lanka brought back to the UK

Those responsible could face up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine

Government opens £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Funding will be provided for environmental charities and their partners to work on projects across England to restore nature and tackle climate change

Single-use plastic bag charge to double to 10p and extend to all retailers

The government has confirmed small retailers that employ 250 people or less will no longer be exempt from the levy

End of an era as one of England’s last coal mines to close

Coal has been extracted from the Bradley mine in County Durham for the final time