Health archive

  • Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest government faces legal challenge over dismal air quality plan

    Environmental organisations have taken legal action against the authorities of Hungary’s capital, Budapest over illegal and harmful levels of air pollution in the city.

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Slovak court defends citizens’ right to clean air in Bratislava

    Residents in Slovakia’s capital have won their court battle for clean air after a court ruled that the city’s Air Quality Plan breaches both Slovak and European laws.

  • coal projection power plant

    Bulgarian government conceals coal plant danger data from public, flouting court order

    Bulgaria is set to give its largest coal plant permission to flout new, tighter EU industrial pollution laws designed to protect people’s health.

  • wingmirror traffic headlamps

    Germany clocks up further diesel bans as government tries to thwart courts

    Cologne and Bonn must introduce restrictions on diesel vehicles, as courts continue to be the main defender of people’s health from air pollution.

  • child dandelion

    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.

  • Car on foggy forest road

    European governments are failing to tackle air pollution fast enough – new figures

    A new report shows governments across Europe are showing a lack of commitment to address air pollution as levels continue to exceed EU legal limits and WHO guidelines.

  • Mother and children in playground

    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.

  • Foggy barley field

    Illegal push to weaken pesticides regulation risks health of people and environment

    Under pressure from a number of member states, the European Commission has revived a push to water down rules that protect against endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pesticides.

  • car emerge tunnel highway

    Merkel’s new diesel tactic “impossible under EU law”

    Moving the goalposts is transparently not the way to clean up the air, according to clean air lawyer Ugo Taddei.

  • image of a bus on tower bridge

    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.

  • leipziger strasse sign berlin

    “Time’s up” – diesel bans must take effect in Berlin, rules German judge

    In Germany, diesel bans now been mandated by courts in Stuttgart, Munich, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Frankfurt – and the capital, Berlin.

  • Image shows Liverpool cityscape

    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.

  • wood wall for storing food

    More transparency needed in deciding food contact material rules

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth have joined other key organisations working in the public interest in outlining the current weaknesses of current food contact material regulation.

  • Victory Column, Berlin, Germany

    German diesel fix “totally inadequate” say environmental lawyers

    The German government has announced a plan to ‘solve’ the diesel crisis through hardware retrofits and scrappage schemes in an attempt to combat illegal air pollution.

  • Cars on highway

    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.

  • image showing a street scene

    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.

  • Electric tram in city

    EU leaders must meet public demand for cleaner transport

    Report shows that momentum is building in Germany and throughout Europe to transition to cleaner transport.

  • Car engine

    Car industry may have conspired to prevent people from breathing clean air

    European Commission opens investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to avoid competition on technology to clean car emissions.

  • Portobello area, London

    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.

  • Frankfurt

    Frankfurt to become fifth German city to instate diesel ban: fresh court ruling

    “Politicians need to decide on their priority: answering to the car industry or protecting people’s health.”

  • Coking plant, Silesia, Poland

    Polish residents finally able to breathe clean air as coking plant closes

    Residents of Czerwionka-Leszczyny, a town in Silesia, Poland, have succeeded in closing the town’s highly polluting coking plant.

  • people standing on bridge

    Lawyers call for penalties as Stuttgart defies diesel ruling

    Stuttgart’s most recent air quality plan has failed once again to address the issue of dirty diesels – in defiance of a clear court order.

  • Fruit and vegetables on stall piled up

    EU institutions must disclose secret industry studies on chemicals in food

    ClientEarth lawyers are demanding increased transparency from the European Parliament and European Council on why certain chemicals allowed in food are considered safe.