Health archive

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    2018: is the tide turning on plastic?

    2018 truly was the year the world started waking up to the dangers posed by plastic waste – here is ClientEarth’s guide to the year that turned the tide for action on plastic.

  • Lead in paints: the challenge continues

    ClientEarth and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of two chemicals of high concern in paints.

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    UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy ignores road transport pollution

    The UK Government’s new Clean Air Strategy has some strong ambitions but is light on action.

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    ClientEarth defends Brussels residents’ right to breathe clean air before the EU’s top court

    ClientEarth and local residents moved one step closer to protecting the right of Brussels citizens to breathe clean air at a hearing at the EU’s top court.

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    ClientEarth heads to top EU court to defend Brussels residents’ right to clean air

    ClientEarth and five local residents will take their air pollution case against the Brussels regional government to the EU’s top court.

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    Cities win challenge to protect people’s health against weakening of car emission limits

    The Court of Justice of the EU has today ordered the European Commission to reverse a decision that allowed car manufacturers to exceed emission limits during on-road tests.

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    Welsh air pollution plan risks repeating English mistakes

    The Welsh Government risks repeating the shambolic approach of UK ministers environmental lawyers ClientEarth have said, after a new air quality plan for Wales was released yesterday afternoon.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    “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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.