UK archive

  • racecourse stands sunset road

    Rio Tinto investors urged to stand up to miner over destructive climate lobbying

    Shareholders are set to protest the corporation’s membership to trade associations notorious for undermining international climate efforts.

  • plastic water bottles in net

    What could a deposit return scheme look like in Britain?

    ClientEarth lawyer Tatiana Lujan explores what a deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers could look like in the UK.

  • street light and big ben against gloomy sky

    UK government spends £500,000 defending long-standing inaction on air quality

    New figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request are a reminder that action on air pollution is needed now.

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    In review: A week of plastic-free grocery shopping

    This year I took part in the Plastic Free Lent campaign by doing a plastic-free grocery shop. It turned out to be quite a challenge.

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    UK government hides air quality strategy while other countries go public

    The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.

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    UK environment minister’s “pitiful” scrappage plan asks council to do his work for him

    The government today published its response to the consultation on support for people affected by the government’s air quality plan. Unfortunately, the response is little more than an inventory of possible measures – with no strong recommendations given.

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    Climate change concerns lead to rejection of Druridge Bay coal mine

    Plans for a huge opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay were today formally rejected by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, on the basis that the environmental impact would be too significant.

  • ‘Client Earth’ book wins Business Book of the Year

    A book chronicling the history of ClientEarth’s first ten years has won the Judge’s Choice award at the inaugural Business Book Awards.

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    Week three: plastic-free Lent

    With two weeks to go until Good Friday, ClientEarth Head of Major Giving, Philippa Dunn, tells us about her plastic-free challenge to start small and gear up to more major lifestyle changes.

  • Person Kayaking on water with mountains behind

    UK must outlaw future trade deals with secret courts, which will risk ‘Green Brexit’

    ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton, has today called for the UK to make controversial trade deals that allow companies to sideline domestic courts and sue governments over environmental laws, illegal.

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    Cross-party MPs demand urgent action to deal with UK “air quality catastrophe”

    A new joint select committee report calls out government inertia and recommends a number of solutions that ClientEarth has publicly called for.

  • Purple crocuses

    UK Government should act now not ‘consult’ on clean air and plastics

    UK Chancellor Philip Hammond offers “consultations” on clean air and plastics in his Spring Statement in the House of Commons.

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    People’s Postcode Lottery funds ClientEarth’s flagship clean air work

    Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded ClientEarth a £250,000 grant for its ground-breaking work tackling air pollution in the UK

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    Auto-enrolment pension savers could face significant losses due to poor climate risk practice

    A new report by ClientEarth and ShareAction has revealed that millions of pension savers may face significant future losses due to lack of action from pension providers and their regulator on climate risk

  • Sheep in hills with sun and lake

    New Trump-like powers pose threat to parliamentary sovereignty

    A new legal opinion by leading QCs has revealed that ministers are trying to give themselves substantial powers that would allow them to change laws at will in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

  • image shows hikers in Nepal

    Lloyd’s of London should take action on coal risk

    ClientEarth has written to Lloyd’s of London to ask it to take action on risky coal business

  • image shows hikers in Nepal

    Lloyd’s of London should take action on coal risk

    ClientEarth has written to Lloyd’s of London to ask it to take action on risky coal business

  • father and child

    ClientEarth and the British Lung Foundation join forces with parents

    ClientEarth has launched a new project with the British Lung Foundation to help parents across the UK join the fight for their children’s right to breathe clean air.

  • Image shoing a helicopter over the Queen Elizabeth II Tower

    UK will not appeal court ruling over “unlawful” pollution plans

    The UK government will not appeal a High Court ruling which declared plans to tackle illegal air pollution in England “flawed” and “unlawful.”

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    Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes ‘exceptional’ ruling

    ClientEarth made legal history today after a High Court judge ruled that the court should have effective oversight of the UK government’s next air pollution plans. 

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    UK Government loses third air pollution case as judge rules air pollution plans ‘unlawful’

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth today won a third case against the UK government over the country’s illegal and harmful levels of air pollution.

  • silver birch fronds snowy trees

    “Now is the time to turn it around” – lawyers and regulators say actuaries must do their homework on climate risk

    Climate risks can pose a threat not only to individual businesses but to economic stability as a whole. Actuaries occupy a unique position in advising the financial world on how to tackle it.

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    UK minister discourages diesel as pollution deadline looms

    Today is the deadline for the UK government to convince the European Commission it has done enough to reduce illegal levels of air pollution across the country and avoid being taken to the European Court of Justice.

  • Image shows a rain storm over a wheat field

    Climate risk: ClientEarth lawyer urges two-year deadline

    Industry and regulators should be given until 2020 to boost climate risk disclosure, or face government intervention, a senior ClientEarth lawyer told the Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) today.