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    Peak oil in 2036 presents “clear legal risks” for overoptimistic oil executives

    New analysis suggests the outlooks oil companies are giving their investors are far too rosy.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    Report: More investment needed to secure renewable energy future

    This year’s REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report reveals the transition to renewable energy is possible, but advances so far are uneven across sectors.

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    Top insurers all at sea on climate risk

    As climate change-related events increase the rate and scale of insurance payouts, how much longer can the industry prop up projects clearly connected to global temperature rise?

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    ClientEarth appoints ‘Head of Climate’ to drive net zero emissions shift

    ClientEarth has appointed lawyer Alice Garton to lead its Climate programme. Alice is a senior corporate lawyer and has been at ClientEarth for three years leading the organisation’s award-winning Company & Financial Project.

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    Commonwealth company directors must take action on climate risk: new legal reports

    As Commonwealth leaders assemble in London, under distinct pressure to act on climate, lawyers point to existing law that commits directors to manage climate risk.

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    Report: Landmark ruling suggests investor-state dispute settlement illegal in all EU-investment deals

    A report published today by ClientEarth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could render investment agreements between the European Union (EU) or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.

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    Report: Global coal set to shrink from 2022

    The number of coal plants across the world will start to drop within five years, according to a new expert report.

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    Shell and BP summoned to world-first climate change hearing today

    The world’s first national inquiry into the human rights impacts of climate change takes a crucial leap forward today, as the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights hears evidence at a two-day hearing in Manila.

  • 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.

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    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.