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

England’s ten largest landowners ‘must grow more trees’

That’s the call from Friends of the Earth, which claims some of the biggest landowners in England have woodland cover ‘even lower than the weak national average’

New Green Homes Grant offers up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures

Builders, plumbers and other tradespeople must register for TrustMark accreditation to provide their services for the installation of the measures

Plastic bag sales in England plunge 95% since 5p charge

Latest figures reveal Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose sold 322m less bags last year

Princess Anne speaks out against Prince Charles’s views on climate change

She cast doubt on her brother’s green views, who has previously expressed concerns over issues such as the Australian wildfires and the environmental impacts of animal agriculture

UK Government unveils record £5.2bn flood defence plan

It is part of the government’s efforts to protect the country from the impacts of climate change

England faces ‘the serious risk of running out of water by 2040’

That’s the warning from the Public Accounts Committee, which accuses Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency of having ‘taken their eye off the ball’

Hinkley Point C nuclear project completes second reactor base

The power station in Somerset, South West England will generate reliable, low carbon electricity to aid the UK’s efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels