Poland archive

  • Image of Bialowieza Forest in Poland

    MEPs discuss illegal logging of Białowieża Forest

    Along with other environmental groups, ClientEarth has welcomed discussion by MEPs in Brussels about the Białowieża Forest.

  • Picture of a lightbulb surrounded by grass

    Poland’s support for coal through capacity market will hit household bills

    A plan by the Polish government to introduce a “power capacity market” will lead to a rise in households energy bills.

  • image of Serbia from Balkans

    Legality of Serbia’s support for coal-fired power challenged

    Following a complaint by ClientEarth, authorities have found that Serbia is violating its international legal obligations by funding coal-fired power plant, Kolubara B.

  • Beavers among wildlife under threat from Polish legal proposals

    Beavers, wolves and bison could be under threat from planned changes to nature laws in Poland. Amendments to the Nature Protection Act, aimed directly at beavers, breach EU law and may also affect other protected species.

  • Photo of forest lake to illustrate story saying UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO advisers have called on the Polish Government to suspend plans for a huge increase in logging and let Białowieża Forest grow with minimal intervention.

  • Photo of autumn leaves to illustrate story as Commission opens infringement over illegal logging in Polish forest

    Commission takes action over illegal logging in Polish forest

    The European Commission has started infringement proceedings against the Polish Government over illegal plans to log in Białowieża Forest.

  • fumes from a power plant misusing free emission allowances

    Poland misuses free emission allowances to the power sector

    The Polish energy sector has been misusing free emission allowances intended to support the transition to clean energy to prop up its ailing coal power industry.

  • European Commission visits threatened Białowieża forest

    Officials from the European Commission are visiting the ancient Białowieża Forest in Poland. It follows a similar trip by UNESCO officials. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have complained about a planned three-fold increase in logging.

  • Photo of children walking in forest to illustrate story about illegal logging plans bringing UNESCO to Białowieża Forest

    Illegal logging plans bring UNESCO to Białowieża Forest

    Today, UNESCO advisers visit Białowieża Forest after Polish Government illegally approved a huge expansion of logging in the World Heritage site.

  • Image of pygmy owl to illustrate story on Bialowieza "recovery plan" designed to mislead public

    Bialowieza “recovery plan” designed to mislead public

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have raised further concerns today about a Bialowieza “recovery plan” suggested by Poland’s environment minister in the ancient forest.

  • Children in forest to illustrate story about Commission 'concerned' about illegal decision to log Białowieża forest

    Commission ‘concerned’ about illegal decision to log Białowieża forest

    The European Commission has told journalists it is worried about the Polish government’s illegal decision to triple logging in Europe’s oldest forest.

  • 13000 Poles petition to protect Białowieża within three hours

    13,000 Poles petition to protect Białowieża after Commission complaint lodged

    A new Polish petition to protect Białowieża forest has gathered more than 13,000 signatures within hours of being launched.

  • Photo of boy in forest to illustrate story saying Commission complaint lodged as Polish minister illegally approves logging in Białowieża

    Commission complaint lodged as Polish minister illegally approves logging in Białowieża

    ClientEarth and six other campaigners today lodged a Commission complaint after the Polish government illegally gave permission to triple logging in Białowieża forest.

  • Photo of lynx to illustrate story on our letter to the Minister following decision to increase logging in Bialowieza

    Warning to Polish minister: more logging in Bialowieza violates EU law

    The Polish government has approved a threefold increase of logging in Białowieża Forest. This violates EU law, and we’ve written to the environment minister to tell him.

  • Photo of a moose to illustrate story about illegal logging threatening Poland's Białowieża Forest

    Illegal logging threatens Poland’s Białowieża Forest

    The Polish government says more logging is the only way to protect ancient Białowieża Forest, but scientists disagree.

  • Polish pension fund carbon bubble exposure should sound warning bells for fund trustees worldwide

    A report today by the Green group in the European Parliament warns that Poland’s largest pension funds could lose 4.2 percent of their assets if a carbon bubble of overvalued fossil fuel investments bursts.

  • Tough new rules will help tackle Kraków’s air pollution crisis

    A new ban on burning solid fuels will help tackle Krakow’s air pollution crisis.

  • Protecting Poland’s fish from dirty coal waste

    Polish NGOs show that coal power waste would illegally raise the water temperature of the Vistula River by 0.5°C.