Defra set for '5 years of scrutiny' as MPs raise concerns over environment policy
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looks set to enter a "five-year period of scrutiny" after MPs this week raised concerns over the Department's ability to deliver on key flood protection, air pollution and animal welfare strategies.
Defra strengthens natural capital commitment with Committee reform
Defra has strengthened its efforts to improve England's natural capital by reforming a six-member strong Natural Capital Committee (NCC) which will spearhead the implementation of the Department's 25-year environmental plan.
Waste managers lament Defra's 'utterly depleted' five-year plan
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has criticised the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for delivering a "highly disappointing" five-year environmental policy plan which contains a distinct lack of commitments on the reduction of UK waste.
Environment Agency chairman resigns after heavy criticism
Environment Agency (EA) chairman Sir Philip Dilley has today (11 January) stepped down from his post, after being heavily criticised for being on holiday in Barbados while severe flooding affected much of the country.
Re-shaped Defra vows to make Britain a global leader in farming
Environment Secretary Liz Truss has today (6 January) vowed to make Britain a global leader in sustainable farming by announcing improved flood defences, increased agricultural investment and greater risk-response capabilities as part of a shake-up for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.
Nature calls: Why business needs to take natural capital into account
Businesses are "sawing off the branch on which they stand" by failing to account for the natural capital impacts of their operations, a senior member of WWF-UK has said.
Britain must prioritise and invest in natural capital, says Aldersgate Group
A major new report released today (17 November) calls on the UK Government to support businesses investing in natural capital by improving policy integration to reduce costs and promote growth.
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.
UK must have power to decide on GM crops, say MPs
GM crops are an indispensable tool in the fight against global hunger and the UK should retain ultimate power to decide on the technology, MP's have claimed.
Minister's claims that solar panels harm UK food security are false
British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK's environment secretary, documents from her own department reveal.
Truss backs GM crops despite strong opposition
Environment Secretary Liz Truss has thrown her weight behind genetically modified (GM) food, saying the technology can have a positive environmental impact.
Are solar farms really hitting British food production?
Environment secretary Liz Truss has cut solar farm's subsidies saying they harm food production, but most UK solar farms successfully produce food as well. Karl Mathiesen investigates.
Government scraps solar subsidies for farmers
Solar farms on agricultural land could soon be a thing of the past following an announcement from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) that farmers will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar panels.
Conservative Conference: 'Disappointing' start for 'greenest Government ever'
Environment Secretary Liz Truss gave a 'lack of detail' on how to tackle the UK's environmental challenges, while Chancellor George Osborne offered no mention of the solutions needed to slash carbon emissions.
Government unveils food buying standard to help public sector cut waste
Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, from 2017, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss.
Cabinet reshuffle: Who are the new green ministers?
The UK's new energy and environment ministers opposed green energy: Matthew Hancock called for cuts to wind power subsidies while Liz Truss claimed renewable power was damaging the economy.
Cabinet reshuffle: Chancellor's allies join DECC
Amber Rudd has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), while Matt Hancock will replace the outgoing Energy Minister Michael Fallon.
Liz Truss appointed Environment Secretary
Liz Truss is replacing Owen Paterson as the new Environment Secretary as part of the far-reaching shake-up of David Cameron's cabinet today (15 July).