UK archive

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    Expert view: What does the General Court ruling mean for Great Britain’s Capacity Market?

    The EU’s General Court has annulled the Commission’s State aid approval of the UK Capacity Market – this is a short analysis of the judgment.

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    New report highlights climate risk from burning trees for energy

    A new report from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recognises burning trees for energy can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.

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    ClientEarth statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement

    The Brexit withdrawal agreement includes wording supportive of establishing a green watchdog. However there are serious gaps in the declaration, and no legal safeguards governing this cooperation. 

  • Cooling towers, Drax coal-fired power station, UK

    ClientEarth lodges objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds

    ClientEarth has submitted a written objection to Drax Power’s plans to build four new gas turbines, on the grounds that it breaches the government’s planning and climate change recommendations.

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    Taking action for young lungs: Panel discussion and Q&A

    Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A, supported by the Little House of Science, to learn more about how air pollution is damaging children’s health.

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    UK parents demand emergency air pollution measures

    A group of UK parents has called on the government to release funding for emergency measures to clean up illegal levels of air pollution around schools and nurseries across the country.

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    UK MPs call for 2032 zero emission vehicle deadline

    UK MPs have called for the government to commit to a target of 2032 for all new cars and vans sold in the UK to be zero emission.

  • How to start a revolution

    Disobedient Films explores what brought environmental pioneer James Thornton to London to set up ClientEarth – and his legal team’s six-year battle to protect our lungs from air pollution.

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    Financial regulators step up to present united front on climate risk

    The Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have today released statements on the systemic impact of climate change to UK financial markets

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    Shell pension fund member warns of legal action

    A member of Shell’s pension fund is ready to take it to the Pensions Ombudsman for maladministration – unless it can prove it is managing its climate-related risk. ClientEarth is supporting him. 

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    New pollution plan reveals toxic air in England worse than feared

    A new UK Government air pollution plan has revealed air pollution to be much worse than previously feared.

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    New air pollution data are a European embarrassment

    New air quality figures reveal European governments have failed to make enough progress in bringing down illegally high levels of air pollution in nearly all countries across Europe.

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    New UK air pollution figures a national embarrassment

    New air pollution data reveal that the UK Government made no progress last year in reducing the number of zones across the country with illegal air pollution.

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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.

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    New study suggests link between air pollution and dementia

    A new study suggests there could be a link between air pollution and heightened risk of dementia.

  • EasyJet among companies reported to regulator by ClientEarth

    ClientEarth has reported four UK companies, including EasyJet to the financial regulator, also writing to their auditors.

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    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.

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    Sustainable Seafood Coalition agrees to modern slavery statement

    Businesses in the UK’s Sustainable Seafood Coalition have agreed on commitments that recognise the risk of modern slavery and social responsibility in their supply chains.

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    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.

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    Top UK pension funds put on notice over climate risk

    Trustees warned their actions will be evaluated against evolving market standards and growing evidence.

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    Insurance firms could face fines over climate reporting failure

    Three insurance firms could be facing fines after ClientEarth reported them to the Financial Conduct Authority for failure to disclose climate risks in their annual reports.

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    More extreme weather prompts climate litigation warning

    With Britain sweltering in record heat and further extreme weather hitting Europe and beyond, ClientEarth have warned about the litigation risk for governments and businesses that fail to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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    Have your say: help protect the UK’s marine life

    ClientEarth is part of the new #maynotcontainfish campaign that is encouraging the public to help ensure that Brexit will not lead to dangerous overfishing.

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    UK Government clearer on coal, irrational on gas

    The UK Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework makes some welcome clarifications on coal but takes an irrational approach to other energy and natural resources considerations.