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    We take action against the EU for failing to consider environmental and social impacts of South American trade deal

    The European Commission has ignored its legal obligation to ensure the trade agreement with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries will not lead to social, economic, environmental degradation and human rights violations, our new legal complaint highlights.

  • Combatting racism and racial inequality

    ClientEarth believes that justice is vital for a future in which people and planet thrive together and that justice should never depend on the colour of your skin.

  • Oil palm plantation in Muara Kaman Ilir village, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan

    New ClientEarth legal toolkit helps build community forestry laws

    Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth have developed a first of its kind legal toolkit to support laws that enshrine the management rights of indigenous and local communities over forests worldwide.

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    Responding to investor pressure, Barclays presents new, beefed up climate policy

    Barclays’ new climate policy presents historic opportunity for the bank to become a climate leader and sends a clear signal to other financial heavyweights.

  • Due diligence key to make supply chains more sustainable: report

    ClientEarth legal experts took part in working groups to help develop the Global Resources Initiative (GRI) taskforce report highlighting the complexity of global food production systems, and challenging government to create systemic and transformative change that ensures food supply while putting people and planet first.

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    Working with Mekong region governments to support community forestry reforms

    Across the Mekong region, legal and policy reforms on community forestry are underway. This is good news but a couple of essential questions remain to be answered.

  • 2019: A year in review

    At ClientEarth, 2019 has been a year of huge successes in the fight for our planet. Here are some of our highlights.

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    What is REDD+ and can it help forests and communities?

    ClientEarth launches its new briefing on REDD+, the international initiative to reduce emissions from deforestation.

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    International seminar on environmental law for ‘Greening the Silk Road’

    Greening the Silk Road was the focus of the recent International Seminar on Environmental Adjudication co-hosted in Beijing by the Supreme People’s Court, ClientEarth China and Environment and Resources Law Institute and the China Law Society.

  • ClientEarth actions in support of global climate strike

    Today is a global climate strike. Many of our staff are going to their local demonstrations, adding their voice to the movement and supporting young people fighting for their future. Others will be continuing their everyday work to protect people and the planet.

  • Nightingale in wood

    Nightingales, wolves and Bialowieza Forest – all in a day’s work for our wildlife lawyer

    Anna Heslop is head of our wildlife team. She has worked at the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and the European Commission. She focuses on defending wild places like Europe’s oldest forest, Bialowieza.

  • IPCC report shows need for strong national laws to halt global forest disaster

    ClientEarth’s environmental lawyers are warning national governments that only strong national laws can properly protect forests, store carbon emissions and ensure the livelihood of forest-dependent communities, in response to today’s land use report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

  • ClientEarth lawyer Domnique Doyle in London Fields

    Coal in Europe – five minutes with an environmental lawyer

    We sat down with ClientEarth lawyer Dominique Doyle to find out why coal is key in the fight to protect the planet.

  • Investor-state dispute settlement must go to protect our environment

    Following widespread criticism in recent years, reforms of the controversial arbitration mechanism are underway at international level.

  • Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?

    On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.

  • 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.

  • Image of plastic bottle caps

    2018: is the tide turning on plastic?

    2018 truly was the year the world started waking up to the dangers posed by plastic waste – here is ClientEarth’s guide to the year that turned the tide for action on plastic.

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    ClientEarth launches online legal hub for forest defenders

    Lawyers from ClientEarth have launched a new online resource to help forest defenders and managers everywhere have access to the most up to date information about forestry laws.

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    2018: A remarkable year in review

    From coal court cases to saving ancient forests, we’ve taken a look back over some of this year’s achievements.

  • People at Hong Kong fish market

    UK support helps new Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition to launch

    Following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the UK, the launch of the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) demonstrates how the collaborative model can be replicated around the world.

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    Vanuatu calls for loss and damage climate change fund

    Vanuatu is calling for a new ‘loss and damage fund’ to ensure payments from those most responsible for climate change go towards those most affected by climate disasters.

  • Celebrating 12 years of Winsome McIntosh’s board leadership at ClientEarth

    Winsome McIntosh, ClientEarth’s founding chair, has stepped down after more than 12 years leading our board of trustees. During her tenure, the organisation has transformed from a start-up charity into one of the most effective organisations in the environmental sector.

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    Climate ambition of 1.5°C demands urgent legal and accounting work

    World governments are “nowhere near on track” to avoid breaking through international carbon budgets.

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    Major investors back climate risk briefing

    Major investors have set out support for a new investor briefing detailing what could be gained from recognition of climate risk by global securities regulatory association IOSCO.