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    Billions in public money funds climate assault from biomass

    Biomass report confirms years of doubt over the ‘carbon-neutral’ status of burning wood for power.

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    Renewed threat to Polish forest as government confirms illegal logging plan

    Europe’s oldest forest is facing a renewed threat, after the Polish government confirmed it will continue with illegal plans to massively increase logging.

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    Commission sued over hormone-harming chemicals in plastic

    ClientEarth is suing the European Commission after it gave plastics recyclers permission to use a black-listed chemical which causes infertility and developmental problems in children.

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    EU pesticide ban flouted as countries exploit legal loophole

    EU countries are ignoring the ban on bee-harming pesticides and continuing to use them across Europe. The Commission has the power to curb this alarming trend, but is doing nothing to stop it.

  • “I am delighted to work for an organisation with such an extraordinary impact for nature. Such an innovative use of law to stand up for the natural world on which both people and wildlife depends is unique within the UK and Europe.”

    Beth Thoren
    Deputy CEO

    Beth Thoren, Deputy CEO, Environmental Lawyers ClientEarth

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    We work to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and science. We use the best research and policy analysis when choosing our strategic direction.

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    2007

    ClientEarth opens its doors in London and Brussels. Legal campaigning by our Energy team is instrumental in quashing plans for a new generation of coal plants in the UK.

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    ClientEarth opens its doors in London and Brussels. Legal campaigning by our energy team is instrumental in quashing plans for a new generation of coal plants in the UK.
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    January 2009

    New Statesman names CEO James Thornton “one of ten people who could change the world.”

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    New Statesman James Thornton 10 people who could change World
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    May 2009

    We begin work to make the UK government protect Londoners’ lungs from air pollution, a health scandal causing thousands of premature deaths every year.

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    Begin air pollution work in London
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    November 2010

    We open our Warsaw office. Our team works to ensure Poland forges a clean, modern energy infrastructure that protects people’s health and the country’s unique habitats.

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    Open Warsaw office (http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/warsaw-office-1173)
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    February 2010

    In the EU we begin work on toxic chemicals, enforcing citizens’ right to know what is in the products they use.

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    In the EU we begin work on toxic chemicals, enforcing citizens’ right to know what is in the products they use.
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    October 2010

    Our advocacy and litigation strategy forces EU chemical and food safety regulators to be more transparent about how toxic substances are being used in Europe.

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    ECHA forced to be more transparent http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/european-chemicals-agency-1017
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    August 2011

    We act as the voice of Europe in a critical US climate case which successfully defends the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon pollution.

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    amicus brief for EPA http://www.clientearth.org/eu-environmental-law/publications/european-amicus-us-epa-case-1535
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    April 2011

    We launch the Sustainable Seafood Coalition, uniting nearly all the major UK supermarkets and seafood suppliers in a unique initiative for sustainable seas.

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    SSC launch
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    December 2011

    we force the UK government to admit it is breaching air pollution limits.

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    UK gov forced to admit it is failing on air pollution http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/air-pollution-uk-government-high-court-verdict-1639
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    April 2011

    In Brussels we launch the EU Aarhus Centre, dedicated to protecting citizens’ rights to information and access to the courts.

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    Aarhus Centre launch http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/eu-aarhus-centre-1315
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    February 2012

    Our Forests team significantly expands its work in Africa, building legal capacity for communities in timber-producing nations.

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    Forests team expands Africa work
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    February 2013

    In Poland we support farmers taking action against a number of planned coal power investments that breach national and EU law.

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    Poland work with farmers against new cola power http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/clientearth-statement-on-the-ruling-by-the-administrative-court-in-gdansk-on-the-north-power-plant-case-2114
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    January 2013

    The Lawyer names our CEO, James Thornton, as one of the top 100 lawyers in the UK. .

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    James Thornton Hot 100 Lawyers
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    Summer 2013

    The EU fisheries reform reflects all our major demands. .

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    CFP reform reflects demands
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    November 2013

    Convinced Krakow to ban coal for domestic heating.

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    Krakow heating
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    November 2014

    EU Court backs our air pollution case, ruling the UK government must act to clean up deadly air pollution

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    EU court backs our air pollution campaign http://www.clientearth.org/news/press-releases/eu-court-rules-uk-government-must-act-to-clean-up-deadly-air-pollution-2699
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    September 2014

    Members of our Sustainable Seafood Coalition, including nearly all UK supermarkets, agree codes on consistent environmental labelling and sourcing

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    SSC members agree codes http://www.clientearth.org/news/latest-news/seafood-brands-agree-codes-on-consistent-environmental-labelling-and-sourcing-2645
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    July 2014

    We created a first-of-its-kind “bible for forest law” in Gabon, helping people defend their rights and livelihoods.

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    Forest bible launched http://www.blog.clientearth.org/became-pocket-lawyer-protecting-forests-ghana-elvis-kuudaar/

    “ClientEarth is essential to the green movement… to bring governments to account and carve out a new environmental agenda.”

    Brian Eno
    ClientEarth Trustee

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