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

Government’s green investments in developing countries help slash 30m tonnes of emissions

Since 2011, the UK has offered £2.2 billion of finance to fight climate change and installed 2000MW of clean energy capacity, according to Defra’s report

Government to set out legally-binding targets to build back better and greener by end of 2022

Introduced to underpin the Environment Bill, the ‘ambitious’ targets will also apply to any future governments

Defra begins search for inaugural Chair of new environment watchdog

The Office for Environmental Protection will monitor the government’s progress towards improving the natural environment and will investigate complaints regarding failures of public bodies to comply with environment law

Government back local authorities to help kickstart nature recovery

The selected authorities will receive a share of £1 million to identify where nature and wildlife habitats can be restored

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