Health archive

  • 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.

  • European chemicals agency improves chemical use transparency but gaps remain

    Europe’s chemicals agency has improved its policy on the publication of information it receives from businesses that use ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHC).

  • coal plant and rusty road sign

    Court challenge as Bulgarian authorities skip pollution test for power plant

    Impacts of burning waste and petrochemicals in Bulgaria’s most polluted towns will remain uncharted.

  • Road, Stuttgart, Germany

    Stuttgart must ban Euro 5 diesel vehicles or face court-imposed fine

    Stuttgart has until the end of August to comply with a court order and come up with an air quality plan that includes a ban on Euro 5 diesel vehicles – or face a 10,000 Euro fine.

  • Two sheep in a field, Wales, UK

    Welsh Government makes last-ditch application to delay air pollution plan

    The Welsh Government has made a last-ditch plea to the High Court for more time to produce an air pollution plan, despite lawyers warning that it risked missing the deadline.

  • kid playing with plastic toys

    EU Commission must face reality over hormone-disrupting chemicals

    ClientEarth has rejected the European Commission’s view that current regulation governing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) is sufficient when blatant gaps still exist.

  • German road at sunset

    German Federal Government must build on Environment Minister’s new diesel retrofits proposal

    Germany’s Federal Environment Minister proposes that car manufacturers pay for hardware retrofits on diesel cars to reduce emissions of pollutants and help improve air quality. The Federal government must now build on this momentum.

  • Image shows a road in a forest from above

    Stuttgart diesel restriction unlikely to satisfy court

    Stuttgart has announced it will bring in a citywide ban on older diesel vehicles by the start of 2019 but that is unlikely to satisfy the court which ordered the authorities to take action on air pollution.

  • EU Commission urged to close gaps in plastic strategy

    ClientEarth welcomes European Parliament’s environment committee vote to strengthen the EU Commission’s plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy.

  • Image shows trains at Kings Cross station

    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

  • big ben houses of parliament sunset

    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.

  • Image shows plant covered buildings in Milan, Italy

    Lombardy stalls on air pollution plan pledge

    A year after the Lombardy authorities, under legal challenge, agreed to produce a new air quality plan for the region, cleaner air is no closer.

  • shadow over Stuttgart woodland road

    Stuttgart’s shoddy air quality plan prompts court ultimatum

    Stuttgart has two weeks to come up with a suitable air quality plan or will face fines, its regional court has ruled.

  • Aircraft engine

    Dutch government can keep CO2 aviation rules secret – court rules

    A court in Utrecht has ruled that the Dutch Government does not have to publish a report on how environmental standards for aircrafts are drafted.

  • Landscape at sunrise

    Clean air across Europe – a snapshot

    ClientEarth and its partners have taken authorities in several European countries to court over illegal levels of air pollution.

  • Mielec, Poland

    ClientEarth supports Poles in their fight against industrial emissions

    ClientEarth is supporting residents of Mielec, a city in south-eastern Poland, who recently organised some of the largest ever environmental protests in the country.

  • bicycle wheel decor cafe

    Lawyers press for clean air enforcement as region snubs Germany’s highest court

    Environmental lawyers have been forced to pile on further legal pressure as North Rhine-Westphalia’s authorities leave thousands of people to continue breathing illegally dirty air in the city of Dusseldorf.

  • people at sunset, London, UK

    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.