UK forests to transmit data to ring the alarm on climate change

Hundreds of sensors have been attached to trees in two forests in the UK to assess the impact of climate change on nature

New scheme to reward farmers for environmental services and benefits

The Environmental Land Management scheme will pay for public goods including improved air, water and soil quality and climate change mitigation

Government unveils £5m investment to reconnect with nature in the post-Brexit era

An addition £4 million of funding will support green spaces in four areas which have been hit hard by coronavirus

Government plugs in £40m for green jobs and nature recovery

The new scheme aims to create up to 3,000 jobs such as ecologists, surveyors, nature reserve staff and education workers in environmental organisations and support their suppliers

Defra: ‘No legal reason why waste and recycling centres cannot be open’

Defra encourages councils to reopen their recycling services as ‘household waste recycling centres play an essential role to the economy’

Coronavirus pushes back ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

Defra said the postponement is due to ‘disruptions to businesses caused by coronavirus pandemic’

Government offers £3m to tackle food waste during coronavirus crisis

Funds will benefit food organisations, which aim to cut food waste and redistribute up to 14,000 tonnes of surplus stock during the coronavirus pandemic

Environment Bill moves a step closer to becoming law

The Bill aims to tackle the biggest environmental priorities and now progresses to the Committee stage for further scrutiny

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Local authorities offered £2m to improve air quality

They can apply for projects including electric vehicle charging points, cycling infrastructure and developing local online air quality resources

Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra minister

The announcement is part of Boris Johnson’s mini reshuffle to his ministerial team following Brexit-induced resignations