Martin Watters archive

  • Person kayaking on body of water

    United Nations criticises UK’s access to justice failure

    ClientEarth lawyers call on the UK to take access to justice seriously after a damning United Nations report outlines the UK’s failure to comply with its international legal obligations in allowing the public to bring legal cases to protect the environment.

  • Glencore’s climate commitments welcome but company must now abandon aggressive lobbying

    ClientEarth calls on Glencore to halt lobbying against climate action following news that the major coal producer will not grow its coal capacity and align its business with the Paris Agreement.

  • Drax Power Plant

    Lawyers reveal massive climate impact of new Drax gas plant

    ClientEarth has warned warned that, if approved, a new Drax gas plant would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector.

  • Cyclist up hill on grey day in nature

    UK Government announces Environment Bill: ClientEarth reaction

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Tom West reacts to the UK government’s new environment legislation, which establishes a new, independent environment body and creates a statutory framework for environmental principles.

  • London traffic westminster

    Brexit documents highlight the holes for environment in no-deal scenario

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.

  • Lighthouse waves seawall

    British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change – poll reveals

    A groundbreaking new ClientEarth opinion poll reveals that the British public wants urgent action on climate change.

  • plastic waste in landfill

    Serious material business risks for companies creating plastic waste

    Major companies face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste, a new report shows from ClientEarth shows.

  • EU Commission urged to close gaps in plastic strategy

    ClientEarth welcomes European Parliament’s environment committee vote to strengthen the EU Commission’s plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy.

  • Africa Kenya tribesman landscape

    Climate litigation a lasting legacy of Hansen’s historic testimony 30 years ago

    Climate litigation is a lasting legacy of James Hansen’s historic testimony on human-induced global warming, 30 years ago on Saturday.

  • north-sea

    European Parliament rejects rubberstamping flawed fisheries management in North Sea protected areas

    ClientEarth has applauded a European Parliament decision to throw out fishing measures that risked vulnerable marine life and ecosystems in protected areas of the North Sea.

  • New extreme weather research furthers case for action on CO2 emissions

    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.

  • Mountain path in Snowdonia

    UK government’s green watchdog plans lack legal punch

    ClientEarth calls on the UK government to strengthen its plans for an environmental watchdog after consultation reveals a toothless body post-Brexit.