Health archive

  • Court of Justice of the EU backs Brussels citizens’ right to clean air

    On 26 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that citizens can challenge the lack of adequate air quality plans.

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    Clean air closer for Brussels after top EU court ruling

    Europe’s top court has backed Brussels citizens and ClientEarth in our fight for clean air in the Belgian capital with a judgment today.

  • European rules on chemicals used in the food chain do not protect public health

    We have warned EU rules on harmful chemicals in the food chain are too weak and leave the public open to unacceptable risks.

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    Cities not playing their part in tackling air pollution crisis says Simon Alcock

    In an interview with Justin Webb and Nick Robinson on the BBC’s Today Programme, our Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, Simon Alcock, said government inaction was not an excuse for cities to ignore the illegal levels of air pollution that are harming people’s health.

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    Poland’s top court upholds solid fuel ban for Krakow

    Poland’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld today the decision to ban solid coal and wood burning in Krakow.

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    EU Tribunal deems lead chromates authorisation illegal

    A European Commission decision to allow a Canadian company to sell pigments for paints containing highly dangerous chemicals has today been deemed illegal.

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    Lawyers report Bulgaria and Poland to EU Commission for blocking access to justice to ensure clean air

    ClientEarth has called on the European Commission to take action against Bulgaria and Poland for blocking people’s access to the courts to protect their right to breathe clean air.

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    Brussels government under pressure over dirty air, after Opinion from EU top court advisor

    The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU has today published an opinion, which piles pressure on the Brussels regional government to protect the health of people in the city.

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    Commission’s decision to appeal top EU court diesel ruling “a mistake”: lawyers say

    The European Commission has announced today that it will likely appeal an order from the Court of Justice of the European Union on diesel emissions tests. 

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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.

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    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.