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

‘Parts of UK could run out of water in around 20 years’, new study warns

The demand for water in England is estimated to ‘exceed supply by between 1.1 billion and 3.1 billion litres per day by the 2050s’

Northern Powerhouse ‘needs investment and policy support’ to build next-gen nuclear

A delegation of more than 50 senior business, academic and local government stakeholders states this would have a wide range of transformative socio-economic impacts and enable the UK to reach net zero by 2050

Domestic coal and wet wood burning to be banned across England by 2023

The move aims to encourage the use of cleaner fuels in the home – wood-burning stoves and coal fires are the single largest source of particulate matter pollutants

Climate change: Government awards funding to plant 50,000 trees

Trees store carbon and can help make towns and cities more resilient

Government offers £50m to create UK’s first all-electric bus town

Local authorities in England, outside London, are being invited to bid for funding to replace an entire city or town’s bus fleet to fully electric vehicles