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    Carbon Majors to face court over rising sea levels in California

    Three local governments have launched legal claims against 20 fossil fuel companies, seeking a contribution to their costs of adapting to rising sea levels.

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    The Repeal Bill – UK ministers marking their own homework

    The UK government introduced the Repeal Bill to parliament yesterday, but the Bill fails to guarantee the same levels of environmental protection once we leave the EU.

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    EU Court urged to immediately halt illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    The European Commission has today referred a complaint about ongoing illegal logging in Poland’s Białowieża Forest to the EU Court. The Court has also been urged to impose an immediate ban on cutting trees in the ancient forest, one of the most precious in the world, until the judgment is issued.

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    Highest legal authority in France orders government to clean up air pollution

    France’s highest legal authority has ordered the French government to produce plans within nine months to clean up the country’s illegal air pollution.

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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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