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How could Brexit impact the environment?

When you live in Europe, the air you breathe, the water you drink and the meat or fish you eat are all controlled in Brussels. That could no longer be the case for the United Kingdom. Due to Brexit, the country is now entering uncharted territory, and the environment could become collateral damage. We find out more in this episode of Down to Earth.

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About 80 percent of the UK's environmental rules derive from European laws, which over the past decades have played a leading role in helping the country clean up.

Previously considered the "dirty man of Europe", the UK has reduced its CO2 emissions by 38 percent since 1990, faster than any other major developed country.

So how could the UK's EU withdrawal impact the environment? The government has promised a green Brexit, but activists worry much of the progress made could be undone. We take a closer look.

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