Health archive

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    Polish tourist town illegally charged clean air fees, rules top Polish court

    Tourists who are visiting one of Poland’s favourite visitor destinations will be safe to assume they won’t be getting charged to breathe clean air… at least for the time being.

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    Cross-party MPs demand urgent action to deal with UK “air quality catastrophe”

    A new joint select committee report calls out government inertia and recommends a number of solutions that ClientEarth has publicly called for.

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    UK Government should act now not ‘consult’ on clean air and plastics

    UK Chancellor Philip Hammond offers “consultations” on clean air and plastics in his Spring Statement in the House of Commons.

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    People’s Postcode Lottery funds ClientEarth’s flagship clean air work

    Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded ClientEarth a £250,000 grant for its ground-breaking work tackling air pollution in the UK

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    EU chemicals approval process stifles safer alternatives

    Analysis by ChemSec and ClientEarth shows the chemicals approval process gives undue influence to companies producing dangerous chemicals and stifles information on safer alternatives, limiting the market for companies that produce them.

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    EU review of chemicals law finds REACH is fit for purpose

    A review of EU chemicals legislation, known as the REACH REFIT has been published by the European Commission. ClientEarth lawyers have read the communication and set out their preliminary thoughts.

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    Market-changing moment as Germany’s highest court orders diesel bans

    In an overwhelming court victory in Germany’s highest national court, judges have ruled German cities are under obligation to introduce diesel restrictions with immediate effect.

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    Top German court rules cities can ban diesel vehicles

    Judges have this morning ruled that cities in Germany can impose diesel restrictions in our clean air case with Umwelthilfe. This is enormous news for German authorities, industry, and citizens’ health.

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    ClientEarth and the British Lung Foundation join forces with parents

    ClientEarth has launched a new project with the British Lung Foundation to help parents across the UK join the fight for their children’s right to breathe clean air.

  • Judgment on landmark German pollution case will come on Tuesday 27 February

    Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and ClientEarth’s court hearing on diesel restrictions in Germany came to a close this afternoon, with the judges scheduling a ruling for midday on Tuesday 27 February.

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    UK will not appeal court ruling over “unlawful” pollution plans

    The UK government will not appeal a High Court ruling which declared plans to tackle illegal air pollution in England “flawed” and “unlawful.”

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    Poland breaks EU air pollution laws with illegal levels of PM10

    Poland has broken European air pollution laws by continuing to exceed annual limits of particulate matter (PM10) in the air – the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled.

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    Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes ‘exceptional’ ruling

    ClientEarth made legal history today after a High Court judge ruled that the court should have effective oversight of the UK government’s next air pollution plans. 

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    UK Government loses third air pollution case as judge rules air pollution plans ‘unlawful’

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth today won a third case against the UK government over the country’s illegal and harmful levels of air pollution.

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    ClientEarth gives Rome’s regional government air pollution deadline

    ClientEarth and Greenpeace Italy have given Rome’s regional government 60 days to come up with a plan to tackle air pollution or face court action.

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    Could you go plastic-free for Lent?

    Making small changes to your daily routine can add up to a big difference. Find out what some of our staff are doing to reduce their plastic use and get involved online with #PlasticFreeLent.

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    Environmental lawyers move to stop Bulgarian plant burning harmful waste

    An old electricity and heat–generating plant in Bulgaria has been granted a permit allowing it to burn harmful municipal waste.

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    UK minister discourages diesel as pollution deadline looms

    Today is the deadline for the UK government to convince the European Commission it has done enough to reduce illegal levels of air pollution across the country and avoid being taken to the European Court of Justice.

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    Victory for health as Czech court dismisses Prague’s inadequate Air Quality Plan

    A court in Prague has dismissed the Czech government’s Air Quality Plan for the city, ruling that it failed to bring air pollution within legal limits as soon as possible.

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    As court case looms, Germany’s likely leaders pledge to protect diesel

    Environmental lawyers have called Germany out on its “false priorities” as air pollution remains at illegal levels.

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    New powers to prosecute emissions cheats unconvincing

    The UK government has just announced a consultation on plans for new powers which would allow it to prosecute carmakers that cheat emissions tests – but the government has so far failed to use the powers it already has.

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    London breaches air pollution limits for 2018

    London has breached air pollution limits for the whole year, just 31 days into 2018.

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    Guidance to identify hormone-disrupting chemicals undermines environmental protection

    Analysis from ClientEarth shows that the draft guidance which will be used to identify EDCs needs to be amended.

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    EU Commission must exert pressure on countries failing to tackle harmful air pollution

    Environment ministers from nine EU countries, including the UK and Germany, were called to Brussels to explain prolonged failure to address illegal pollution.