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Defra – which operates on a £2bn budget – will be scrutinised on its ability to deliver initiatives that cover air quality, rural proofing, flooding and animal welfare

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.

The NCC will give advice on the state of England’s natural capital to the Economic Affairs Cabinet Committee

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.

CIWM believes that Britain's economic growth will be stifled due to dwindling recycling efforts

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.

Sir Philip Dilley steps down as Environment Agency chairman with immediate effect

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.

Truss announced that Defra is reshaping itself to help Britain be a global leader in farming

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).

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

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.

“Rather than living off our capital we should be living off our interest,” Hutchings said

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.

Natural Capital refers to resources that provide goods and services essential to a functional society and economy, such as water, timber and food

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.

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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.

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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.

Liz Truss, Britain's secretary of state for environment food and rural affairs

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 said that Britain should retain the power to decide on GM crops

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.

Sheep have become an essential part of many solar energy farms, and the panels even provide shelter for the animals

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.

The new plans will mean that farmers using fields for solar panels will lose subsidy payments for that land

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.

The four-day Conservative Party Conference will conclude with a speech from Prime Minister David Cameron in Birmingham

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 commits to buying locally-sourced food to help cut waste

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.

Rudd, Truss and Hancock all face conflicts between their new ministerial responsibilities and their previous constituency work

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.

Matthew Hancock succeeds Michael Fallon as Minister of State for Business

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.

Truss takes up the position of Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with immediate effect

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).

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