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  • Brandenburg Gate, Germany

    Our draft law provides German coal phase out blueprint

    We have teamed up with Greenpeace Germany to launch a draft law which would provide a blueprint for Germany to phase out coal.  

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Find out more about recent case-law, reports from the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and our project resources.

  • timber

    EUTR News – March 2018 to March 2019

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2018 to March 2019.

  • Poland and Bulgaria deny access to justice to citizens and NGOs fighting dirty air

    In Poland and Bulgaria, citizens and NGOs concerned about air pollution have been denied standing to bring a legal challenge.

  • Spanish Supreme Court rules that ENGOs receiving legal aid do not have to pay court costs

    In March 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in an unprecedented order that court costs should not be a barrier to access to justice for environmental NGOs.

  • Ruling on glyphosate renewal: the General Court divided over public authorities’ right of standing

    The General Court of the EU rejected a case brought by the Brussels region to challenge the Commission’s regulation renewing the authorisation of glyphosate.

  • States fail to remedy access to justice failures

    At the end of February, the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee published its first set of “Progress Reviews”. These analyse to what extent Parties found to have breached the Convention have remedied those failures.

  • We challenge EU’s lack of transparency around fishing quotas

    We are challenging the lack of transparency and public scrutiny around European decisions that set unsustainable fishing quotas behind closed doors.

  • wildfire

    Pensions and climate change – Protecting your future

    Climate change is the biggest catastrophe we face over the coming decades. But it could also mean your pension is worth less when you come to claim it.

  • szymon sutor conducts the lost seasons

    “The Lost Seasons”: musicians take on climate change in new Polish documentary

    Communicating climate change through electro? Two composers are finding new ways to shed light on the biggest global challenge.

  • cable car over thames

    Why London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone is vital for the health of the capital

    Today marks the launch of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambitious plan to make London a cleaner, healthier city.

  • ClientEarth CEO named one of ‘world’s most influential people in climate policy’

    James Thornton, founder and CEO of ClientEarth, has joined David Attenborough and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a list of the World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    Read about our new legal guide to protecting the environment, rivers given legal rights and other important updates from Spain and Hungary.

  • Bus and traffic on a London street

    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.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment

    The European Commission is organising a public consultation on how the EU should implement the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention.

  • Janus-faced Supreme Court: Two recent rulings impact on Hungary’s environmental case law

    Two judgments handed down by the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in February will affect environmental cases going forward.

  • ClientEarth launches European legal guide to protecting the environment

    ClientEarth lawyers have launched a guide to assist legal professionals and organisations in Europe take legal action to protect the environment.

  • Legal rights of rivers – an international trend?

    On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.

  • Tourists on Main Market Square in Krakow, Poland

    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.

  • Person kayaking on body of water

    United Nations criticises UK’s access to justice failure

    ClientEarth lawyers call on the UK to take access to justice seriously after a damning United Nations report outlines the UK’s failure to comply with its international legal obligations in allowing the public to bring legal cases to protect the environment.

  • Image of road marking paints on asphalt

    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.

  • Image shows group of people outside of a building

    How Liberian community forestry laws are empowering women

    Law and Policy Advisor Caroline Haywood examines how Liberian community forestry laws are empowering women.

  • IIDMA appeals a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court to uphold its right to legal aid

    In January 2019, the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente appealed a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which ordered it to bear the costs of a dismissed lawsuit.

  • Lloyd's of London sky

    Lawyers warn Lloyd’s over legal risks of underwriting contested Carmichael coal mine

    “The irony is that by enabling new coal projects, insurers are undermining their own viability. It is a stark case of climate hypocrisy.”