The European Commission today announced it is taking the UK to court for failing to protect harbour porpoises.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that they will be designating a protected area for the harbour porpoise, but urge the English and Welsh Governments to follow suit.
The European Parliament has condemned the Polish Government for a slew of legal breaches, including illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.
Exiting the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy could let the UK pay people to plant trees that will prevent flooding, provide habitat and absorb carbon.
The State of Nature report published today said the UK is “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”.
UK MPs must commit to promote environmental progress for the wellbeing of their constituents and people around the globe.
Along with other environmental groups, ClientEarth has welcomed discussion by MEPs in Brussels about the Białowieża Forest.
Nature compensation schemes, termed biodiversity offsetting, which could help make up for damage done to the environment, must be implemented properly if they are not to be counter-productive.
The increased use of bee-threatening pesticide sulfoximines could undermine the current ban on neonicotinoids, and have serious implications for the future of pollinators, food production and human health.
Beavers, wolves and bison could be under threat from planned changes to nature laws in Poland. Amendments to the Nature Protection Act, aimed directly at beavers, breach EU law and may also affect other protected species.
UNESCO advisers have called on the Polish Government to suspend plans for a huge increase in logging and let Białowieża Forest grow with minimal intervention.
As Theresa May settles into number 10, we urge her to keep the environment in her cross-hairs – DECC or no DECC.
An official study – which the European Commission has so far refused to publish – reveals that EU nature laws are fit for purpose and require no revision. ClientEarth calls for renewed focus on implementation of the laws.
ClientEarth has released a series of briefings examining legal requirements under the EU Habitats Directive for the management of protected areas in Europe.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have expressed “shock and concern” at the the future of nature protections following the outcome of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Voters decided the UK should leave the EU.
A leaked report from the European Commission shows EU nature laws are fit for purpose and need implementation – not reform.
With voters shortly to decide whether Britain will remain a member of the European Union, environmental laywers ClientEarth urge citizens to vote ‘in’ because the advantages far outweigh the risks and uncertainties of ‘Brexit.’
The European Commission has started infringement proceedings against the Polish Government over illegal plans to log in Białowieża Forest.
Officials from the European Commission are visiting the ancient Białowieża Forest in Poland. It follows a similar trip by UNESCO officials. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have complained about a planned three-fold increase in logging.
A decision by the European Commission to delay publication of its analysis into the effectiveness of EU nature laws, has been condemned as “bad for society” by environmental lawyers ClientEarth.
It is vital that the UK’s plan for protecting our environment recognises nature’s intrinsic value as well as the economic benefits it brings.
Today, UNESCO advisers visit Białowieża Forest after Polish Government illegally approved a huge expansion of logging in the World Heritage site.
The Prime Minister’s promise to protect vital EU nature regulations has been welcomed by environmental lawyers ClientEarth. David Cameron’s comments come as two charities, the RSPB and WWF have come out in favour of the UK remaining part of the European Union.
The Polish government is planning to triple logging in Bialowieza forest, starting on Friday. It is ignoring 30,000 Polish people and a Commission complaint by NGOs.