Air Pollution archive

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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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    Sister power plants in Greece face court challenge for disregarding people and planet

    Environmental organisations are mounting a legal challenge against two Greek power plants for their failure to comply with EU, national and international laws.

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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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    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 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Brexit documents highlight the holes for environment in no-deal scenario

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    China launches unprecedented judge training for environment cases

    ClientEarth and the Supreme People’s Court in China have this week coordinated an unprecedented training programme for judges on environment cases.

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    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.