Climate archive

  • IPCC report shows need for strong national laws to halt global forest disaster

    ClientEarth’s environmental lawyers are warning national governments that only strong national laws can properly protect forests, store carbon emissions and ensure the livelihood of forest-dependent communities, in response to today’s land use report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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    Huge court win as we block Polish coal-fired power station

    The long-contested Polnoc coal-fired power plant in Poland will not be built, after a ruling from the Polish Supreme Administrative Court. 

  • coal plant in Germany by mine

    Germany – where coal still comes first

    It’s home to 69 huge coal plants, with another in the making. Hundreds of square kilometres of mines occupy the land, still expanding as coal companies continue to feed giant power plants.

  • St Michael's Mount, marazion, United Kingdom

    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.

  • Torres Strait Islanders after sea surge

    Human rights and climate change: World-first case to protect indigenous Australians

    In a groundbreaking climate change case announced today, lawyers with ClientEarth are acting on behalf of a group of indigenous Australians from the Torres Strait region.

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    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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    Our draft law provides German coal phase out blueprint

    We have teamed up with Greenpeace Germany to launch a draft law which would provide a blueprint for Germany to phase out coal.  

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    “The Lost Seasons”: musicians take on climate change in new Polish documentary

    Communicating climate change through electro? Two composers are finding new ways to shed light on the biggest global challenge.

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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.”

  • Glencore’s climate commitments welcome but company must now abandon aggressive lobbying

    ClientEarth calls on Glencore to halt lobbying against climate action following news that the major coal producer will not grow its coal capacity and align its business with the Paris Agreement.

  • 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.

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    Ostroleka C owners ‘on a financial tightrope’ ahead of capacity market auction

    ClientEarth has issued a further legal warning to Polish energy companies Enea and Energa as they prepare to bid for state subsidies for controversial coal power plant Ostrołęka C.

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    Vanuatu calls for loss and damage climate change fund

    Vanuatu is calling for a new ‘loss and damage fund’ to ensure payments from those most responsible for climate change go towards those most affected by climate disasters.

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    Farmer turns to court to block new Bulgarian coal mine

    As COP24 kicks off, coal is on trial in the courts again – this time, in Bulgaria.

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    The legal perspective: Climate change’s influence on future business ventures

    “It is in your commercial interests to limit warming. This gives you legal cover to act, and legal risk if you choose not to.” Head of ClientEarth’s Climate programme Alice Garton addresses the  European Refining and Technology Conference.

  • 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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    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

  • Bank of England

    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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    Historic climate litigation result stands after Dutch court victory

    As the UN pushes for urgent climate action, judges reaffirm governments must commit to fighting climate change.

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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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    Climate ambition of 1.5°C demands urgent legal and accounting work

    World governments are “nowhere near on track” to avoid breaking through international carbon budgets.

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    Court rules against RWE, halting German forest clearance

    Environmental lawyers are calling for a ‘beyond coal’ policy as Hambach ruling sends RWE’s share price plummeting.

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    Major energy firms exposed to shareholder action over coal power plant Ostrołęka C

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put the directors of Energa and Enea on notice of the increasing risk of legal action if they proceed with the project.

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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.