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  • ID marking on timber for story saying Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    Two new studies pave the way for EU action on deforestation

    The European Commission has published two key studies on deforestation, one focusing on palm oil and sustainability certification, the other looking at how to step up EU action on deforestation.

  • Call for release of environmental activists jailed over protesting on toxic spill in Vietnam

    ClientEarth is joining the United Nations experts call to release individuals jailed for protesting against a discharge of toxic industrial chemicals into coastal waters of Vietnam.

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    Climate dominates economic leaders’ 2018 risk list

    Three out of the top five official risks to the global economy in 2018 stem from the changing climate. Financiers need a plan.

  • Green conifer for story on five things we learned at the COP23 climate talks

    Five things we learned at the COP23 climate talks

    A few of ClientEarth’s staff went to the UN’s annual international climate conference, known as COP23. This is what we learned…

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    Top insurers pull billions from coal – lawyers say there are “serious questions” for those still invested in it

    This week, insurance giant Zurich announced that it would both divest from and stop insuring coal-dependent businesses. ClientEarth lawyer Alice Garton questions why others are lagging behind.

  • Philippines from the air for story saying ExxonMobil Shell and BP summoned to appear at Philippines human rights climate case

    ExxonMobil, Shell and BP summoned to appear at Philippines human rights climate case

    ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and 43 other multinationals have been summoned to appear at a climate change hearing by the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights.

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    Lawyer to faith investors: “never has your voice been needed more”

    Given the climate-intensified destruction present in so many continents today, faith leaders must question their investments in fossil fuels.

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    Funding coal “incomprehensible” as study reveals dramatic decline

    A new report published by Coalswarm and Greenpeace reveals an unprecedented drop in global confidence in coal with 25% of 1,675 coal operators having left the business since 2010 and a wave of national phase-outs being declared.

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    Climate risk reporting: silence is the most dangerous option, say experts

    A new legal report seeks to correct company directors who think following climate risk reporting guidelines is riskier than silence.

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    Extreme weather means more litigation risk for business and government

    With Hurricane Harvey battering Texas, a new report by ClientEarth warns that governments and business may be increasingly at risk of litigation for failing to prevent foreseeable climate-related harm to people and infrastructure.

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    Law student sues New Zealand over climate change failings

    A New Zealand law student is suing the country’s Minister for Climate Change over national emissions reduction targets.

  • birds on wire for story about Trump pulling out of Paris agreement

    US withdraws from Paris Agreement as other countries rally behind climate deal

    US president Donald Trump is pulling the country out of the Paris climate change agreement, but climate action will continue globally and within the US.

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    Shareholders win fight to force Exxon to report on climate

    As shareholders demand Exxon reports properly on climate risk, environmental lawyers to question if Exxon is as eager to deliver as it seems.

  • People walking highest mountain in US for story on Why the US can't downgrade its Paris pledge for political convenience

    Why the US can’t downgrade its Paris pledge for political convenience

    Will President Trump pull the US out of the Paris Agreement? Rumour suggests he will, and world leaders are reportedly engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to prevent this.

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    Responsibility should be a priority for seafood investors

    Responsible investment is a key impetus for a sustainable seafood industry, and investors are increasingly expected to use their finances responsibly. How can they do this?

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    Don’t wait for “bitter end” of coal, lawyers urge

    A new report shows that while coal is destined to exit the global energy mix, governments need to go far further in speeding the transition.

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    EUTR ニュース -2016年7月から9月号

    This issue of the EUTR newsletter provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from July to September 2016.

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    20 ways to protect the planet in 2017

    In 2017, we will build on our successes and continue to use the law to protect people and the planet. In this post, each of our teams look forward to the New Year.

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    Air pollution and your health – what are the facts?

    Air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk. It has a major impact on the lives of millions of people across the globe. That’s why ClientEarth is taking action to clear the air.

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    Date set for world’s first human rights and climate change inquiry

    The national investigation will consider the responsibility of fossil fuel companies and their effect on the environment and people of the Philippines. This is a globally significant moment for climate change and human rights law.

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    UK ratification of Paris agreement is a warning to Trump

    The UK has today ratified the Paris Agreement, a global treaty to tackle climate change.

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    Trump needs to rethink climate position

    ClientEarth’s CEO James Thornton has urged President elect Trump to rethink his position on climate change and the Paris Agreement.

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    “A matter of time” before directors sued for climate failings

    Barristers in Australia warn company directors that they could face legal action for failing to disclose risks posed to their business by climate change.

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    Nature compensation schemes require strict implementation

    Nature compensation schemes, termed biodiversity offsetting, which could help make up for damage done to the environment, must be implemented properly if they are not to be counter-productive.