UK archive

  • Dominic Phinn - Business Engagement Co-ordinator working with businesses to tackle UK air pollution

    How we work with businesses to tackle air pollution – Interview with Dominic Phinn

    We sat down with Dominic Phinn, our Business Engagement Co-ordinator for Clean Air, to find out more about our work with UK businesses to tackle air pollution.

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    Climate change set to sway next election as majority of Britons say it will affect how they vote

    Climate change is set to influence the next election, as over half (54%) of Britons say it will affect the way they vote, according to our new poll of more than 2,000 Britons.

  • The UK needs to clean up our air

    The Environment Bill: another missed opportunity for clean air

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges but it was another missed opportunity for people’s right to breathe clean air.

  • The UK environment

    Why the UK environment bill matters

    Today, the Government released its long-awaited Environment Bill to tackle the UK’s biggest environmental challenges. Without it, we risk weaker protections for our environment

  • UK Air Pollution Congested London Street

    UK Air Pollution: How clean is the air you breathe?

    Latest UK air pollution data reveal that 83% of reporting zones still have illegal levels of air pollution and little progress has been made. Find out how clean the air you breathe is.

  • Lawyers put local authorities on notice over climate inaction

    Lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.

  • Environmental groups launch Brexit regulation court challenge over wildlife risk

    Lawyers from ClientEarth have helped launch a High Court challenge to the UK government’s Brexit laws, over sweeping new powers that may weaken protection for seas and wildlife in the UK.

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    Real action now needed to back UK’s net zero goal

    The UK government must now show leadership akin to the international space race to ensure real action backs new net zero laws addressing climate change, say environmental lawyers.

  • Power grid

    UK’s Capacity Market is not fit for purpose

    We have written to the European Commission arguing that there is no proven need for the UK’s Capacity Market – and that as designed, it favours coal and gas power plants over cleaner technologies.

  • New Aarhus findings: ACCC/C/2014/100 (UK) – Committee explains public participation requirements for plans/programmes

    Last week, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee has published its findings on communication ACCC/C/2014/100 (United Kingdom) concerning the controversial “High Speed 2” rail project from London to the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.

  • Image shows lake with boats on

    UK must not carry forward surplus hot air in push for net zero

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its net zero report, laying out a bold vision for the UK to maintain global leadership in the fight against climate change. To stay true to this ambition, the UK government must not carry forward surplus emissions this month from previous carbon budgets.

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    Why London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone is vital for the health of the capital

    Today marks the launch of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambitious plan to make London a cleaner, healthier city.

  • ClientEarth CEO named one of ‘world’s most influential people in climate policy’

    James Thornton, founder and CEO of ClientEarth, has joined David Attenborough and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a list of the World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy.

  • Bus and traffic on a London street

    Cities not playing their part in tackling air pollution crisis says Simon Alcock

    In an interview with Justin Webb and Nick Robinson on the BBC’s Today Programme, our Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, Simon Alcock, said government inaction was not an excuse for cities to ignore the illegal levels of air pollution that are harming people’s health.

  • Person kayaking on body of water

    United Nations criticises UK’s access to justice failure

    ClientEarth lawyers call on the UK to take access to justice seriously after a damning United Nations report outlines the UK’s failure to comply with its international legal obligations in allowing the public to bring legal cases to protect the environment.

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    Lawyers warn Lloyd’s over legal risks of underwriting contested Carmichael coal mine

    “The irony is that by enabling new coal projects, insurers are undermining their own viability. It is a stark case of climate hypocrisy.”

  • nottinghamshire rapeseed field village

    UK energy transition continues with closure of 2GW coal plant in 2019

    ClientEarth energy experts say UK must come good on promise to introduce coal phase-out law to ensure fair deal for workers.

  • Drax Power Plant

    Lawyers reveal massive climate impact of new Drax gas plant

    ClientEarth has warned warned that, if approved, a new Drax gas plant would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector.

  • Image shoing a helicopter over the Queen Elizabeth II Tower

    UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy ignores road transport pollution

    The UK Government’s new Clean Air Strategy has some strong ambitions but is light on action.

  • Cyclist up hill on grey day in nature

    UK Government announces Environment Bill: ClientEarth reaction

    ClientEarth law and policy advisor Tom West reacts to the UK government’s new environment legislation, which establishes a new, independent environment body and creates a statutory framework for environmental principles.

  • 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.

  • Image shows stream between rocks opening into the sea

    Welsh air pollution plan risks repeating English mistakes

    The Welsh Government risks repeating the shambolic approach of UK ministers environmental lawyers ClientEarth have said, after a new air quality plan for Wales was released yesterday afternoon.

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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.