Car maker Volkswagen has been fined €1bn by German prosecutors for emissions cheating. ClientEarth lawyer Ugo Taddei says this means all emissions cheats are now on the hook
The House of Commons has passed a government amendment about environmental principles and a new green watchdog in the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could weaken protection for the environment in this country.
New climate research published directly links the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide – rather than mean global temperature – with the chance of more extreme weather events, furthering the case for litigation against businesses and governments shown to be ignoring climate risk in their decision-making.
ClientEarth lawyers have criticised the newly released European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) proposal for continuing heavy subsidies for both environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing.
Human health and the environment are being put at risk because of excessive delays in chemical regulatory decisions by the European Commission, new research reveals.
A new book which tells the successful story of ClientEarth over the last decade since it was founded, is launched this week. Written by our founder and CEO, James Thornton and his husband Martin Goodman, the book charts the journey of the non-profit environmental law group from inception to the present day.
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.
New Statesman names CEO James Thornton “one of ten people who could change the world.”
We begin work to make the UK government protect Londoners’ lungs from air pollution, a health scandal causing thousands of premature deaths every year.
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.
In the EU we begin work on toxic chemicals, enforcing citizens’ right to know what is in the products they use.
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.
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.
We launch the Sustainable Seafood Coalition, uniting nearly all the major UK supermarkets and seafood suppliers in a unique initiative for sustainable seas.
We force the UK government to admit it is breaching air pollution limits.
In Brussels we launch the EU Aarhus Centre, dedicated to protecting citizens’ rights to information and access to the courts.
Our Forests team significantly expands its work in Africa, building legal capacity for communities in timber-producing nations.
In Poland we support farmers taking action against a number of planned coal power investments that breach national and EU law.
The Lawyer names our CEO, James Thornton, as one of the top 100 lawyers in the UK.
The EU fisheries reform reflects all our major demands.
Convinced Krakow to ban coal for domestic heating.
EU Court backs our air pollution case, ruling the UK government must act to clean up deadly air pollution.
Members of our Sustainable Seafood Coalition, including nearly all UK supermarkets, agree codes on consistent environmental labelling and sourcing.
We created a first-of-its-kind “bible for forest law” in Gabon, helping people defend their rights and livelihoods.
We won our first air pollution case against the UK government.
In 2016, we launched a New York office to work with US NGOs and donors.
We began work on energy in Spain, and later we added sustainable seafood work.
The UN upholds our access to justice complaint, telling the European Union it must let people go to court to protect the environment.
After three years of legal work by ClientEarth, the EU Court of Justice rules that logging in Poland's Bialowieza Forest breaks EU law.
By May 2018, we have trained over 300 Chinese judges and prosecutors in environmental law.
“ClientEarth is essential to the green movement… to bring governments to account and carve out a new environmental agenda.”
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