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Hike in court costs would prohibit future ‘clean air’ case

A big hike in court costs could prohibit organisations like environmental lawyers ClientEarth from taking ministers to court in future over issues like air pollution.

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UK Government’s faulty projections could mean dirty air for decades

The UK government’s predicted compliance date for clean air laws could be years out because its projections are based on fantasy data.

Turkey's new 'super-law' gives all power to Cabinet on energy decisions

Turkey’s new ‘super-law’ is a free pass for coal developments

Article 75 gives the Cabinet permission to ignore environmental law and fast-track coal and nuclear projects as it sees fit.

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ClientEarth triggers review of companies’ climate disclosures

ClientEarth has alerted the UK financial regulator to reporting breaches by two oil and gas companies.

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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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2008

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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“Because we believe that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, we took the UK government to court over air pollution, with one ClientEarth lawyer, and won. We also protect people from dangerous chemicals by defending EU laws on toxics, and campaign to make sure people can find out what’s in the products they use every day.”

Alan Andrews
Clean Air Lawyer

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