UK archive

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    Dropping climate reference in new pensions law would be “hugely irresponsible”

    PLSA calls for climate change risk to be omitted from trustees’ duties but too many are still worryingly under-informed about climate risk.

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    UK Regulator’s new code a ‘missed opportunity’ to address climate risk

    The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) updated UK Corporate Governance Code, released today, fails to sufficiently address climate risk.

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    UK Road to Zero strategy falls short on air pollution

    The UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy, which sets out how it will support the move to zero tail pipe emissions from road transport, overlooks key opportunities to tackle air pollution

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    Second UK clean air bill puts further pressure on government to act

    The UK is still suffering day to day with illegal and harmful levels of air pollution; we need a new Clean Air Act fit for the 21st century.

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    UK government white paper fails to protect British fisheries and marine environment

    The government has promised sustainable fisheries and better monitoring of fishing activity and enforcement of laws after Brexit, but no concrete plans for how these goals will be delivered.

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    Clock is ticking for UK to prove its commitment to carbon targets

    The Committee on Climate Change’s latest report is clear that we are not on course to meet our carbon targets. The government must do more.

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    What are environmental principles?

    The EU environmental principles offer protection to our natural world. They act as guidance for judges and decision-makers, giving laws shape and meaning. But what will happen to the environmental principles after Brexit? 

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    Serious doubts over legal basis for Heathrow expansion

    UK MPs have voted to back Heathrow expansion but environmental lawyers have expressed serious doubts as to whether it is legally possible under air quality rules.

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    UK government has “missed the point” on air pollution super-inquiry

    Environmental lawyers say the UK government has made soft commitments on MPs’ ‘super-inquiry’ into illegal levels of air pollution.

  • ‘Lightbulb moment’ as climate risk hits the mainstream for UK pensions industry

    The UK government has recommended pensions law require providers to consider climate risk in core investment decision-making, in what would be a breakthrough for the financial system.

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    Metro mayors call on UK government for clean air action

    Metropolitan mayors across the UK have called on the government for stronger actions to clean up the UK’s illegal levels of air pollution.

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    EU Withdrawal Bill risks weakening UK environmental protections

    The House of Commons has passed a government amendment about environmental principles and a new green watchdog in the EU Withdrawal Bill, which could weaken protection for the environment in this country.

  • 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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    London mayor announces expanded pollution charge zone

    London’s mayor has announced the city’s upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone will be expanded two years after it comes into force

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    UK Government action on emissions test cheats a long time coming

    The UK Government has announced new measures to crack down on car manufacturers that cheat emissions tests. But the measures come only after the EU began legal proceedings against the government for its inaction. 

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    Heathrow expansion: ‘two major obstacles’

    Reports this morning suggest that Theresa May’s cabinet will back plans for a third runway at Heathrow today. Any plan would face two major obstacles.

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    MPs and lawyers call on government: time to crack down on corporate climate inertia

    UK financial regulators are under pressure to issue much-needed guidance on climate risk reporting.

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    UK foodservice companies urged to improve seafood sustainability sourcing

    The commercial foodservice industry in the UK has been urged to use its “massive purchasing power” to source seafood sustainably and align its standards with the rest of the industry.

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    New clean air consultation shows UK government struggling to solve air pollution crisis

    A new consultation from the UK government on measures to clean up illegal levels of air pollution in 33 Local Authorities across England have been met with bafflement by environmental lawyers.

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    New UK government air quality strategy falls short

    We’ve long been calling for a comprehensive air pollution plan for everything from cars to cows but at first glance, there seems to a transport-shaped hole in the government’s approach to the problem.

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    Wins and recognition for ClientEarth at Global Good Awards 2018

    This unique ceremony aims to recognise and reward change in all organisations working towards a more ethical and sustainable future.

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    A new nature and environment commission for the UK

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth outline the legal powers the new green watchdog will need to uphold environmental law and build on EU enforcement mechanisms after Brexit.

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    Lords vote backs meaningful green watchdog

    An amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that demands environmental standards are maintained and enforced after Brexit has just passed in the House of Lords.

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    No more coal, no new gas – it’s vital the UK government invests in our clean future

    Countries have crucial decisions to make about their energy mix beyond the coal era. In the UK, there is no need for new gas – so what comes next?