Defra refutes disposable nappy tax – but how would it protect the environment?

Brits dispose of around 3bn disposable nappies per year, which makes up 3% of household waste. Could a tax have changed this? What do parents think?

Single-use plastic plates to be banned in England

A new public consultation is set to be launched to seek views on a ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery and cups

Beavers want to break free – but what do you think?

The government has launched a consultation on what it describes as ‘cautious’ release of beavers into the wild

New forest to be created in North East to promote a ‘greener future’

Enough trees are set to be planted to cover 35 football pitches in the first year, after receiving £480k in funding from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund

Mandatory water labels for products to make a splash

Defra has confirmed the introduction of mandatory water efficiency labels for products such as dishwashers and showers

Government criticised over ‘toothless’ biodiversity strategy

EAC says biodiversity loss is not being treated with the same urgency and ambition as climate change

Fresh cash for farmers to plant trees

Farmers and landowners can apply to secure a share from the newly announced £15 million tree planting initiative

Major £30m national circular economy research programme launches

It aims to deliver environmental and economic benefits by helping industry and society to use fewer resources and reuse and recover products and materials instead of disposing of them after use

Older farmers to be paid £100k to retire – but why?

The government has launched an initiative that would pay farmers looking to leave the sector, especially if they do not wish to follow new and more sustainable ways of farming

Low emission package delivery pilot launches in York

Ultra-low emission vehicles and e-cargo bikes could be used for first- and last-mile deliveries around the city to address air quality, emissions and congestion