Government considers e-waste obligation for online retailers

By the end of 2021, online businesses may have to follow an equal obligation to collect old devices from customers

Bats bat-tered by wind turbines

Common pipistrelle bats are attracted to spinning turbines and can then get maimed or killed

MPs warn of air pollution’s deadliness and impact on the disadvantaged

Parliamentary Committee urges the government to put the improvement of air quality ‘at core’ of the post-pandemic rebuild

Natalie Prosser appointed as Interim CEO for Office for Environmental Protection

She will start her role, which is limited until December, in February, alongside Chair-designate Dame Glenys Stacey

Government bans peat burning on protected bogs

The burning of vegetation will be banned in sites of ‘special scientific interest’, in ‘conservation’ and ‘special protection’ areas

Anglian Water spends £300m to clean up rivers

The initiative aims to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters the environment through water sources

Government faces backlash over decision to approve use of ‘bee-killing’ pesticide

The EU had previously imposed a ban on the use of the pesticide

Tech giants Apple and Amazon face backlash from MPs for ‘e-waste tsunami’ in the UK

The Environmental Audit Committee says the companies are contributing to 155,000 tonnes of waste electricals ending up in bins every year

Yorkshire Water testing sewage to identify potential new outbreaks of COVID-19

The results will help researchers understand the presence of COVID-19 in the population, including those who are asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic

England’s plastic straw ban kicks in tomorrow

Businesses that will not stop selling or supplying single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers could face fines