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  • Climate change resilience is little comfort without a change in consumption

    Forests are key to ensuring that the climate remains stable enough so that life on Earth can continue as we know it. The ability of a forest to hold (or sequester) carbon is one of the key functions it provides globally.

  • Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?

    Why aren’t we seeing more coverage of climate change in the media? The issue is hardly going away. And now that world governments after Durban are not planning to take action ’til 2020, we need more coverage, not less.

    Yet environmentalists reported a drop off in climate change reporting in 2009 and 2010, and we may well see this again when we look back at 2011.

  • Civil society gets to grips with forest governance in the Republic of Congo

    In the Republic of Congo, the civil society platform for the sustainable management of forests has just held a three day workshop, (from 19-21 January 2012).

  • Reducing emissions by burning imported wood, a viable method of de-carbonising Britain’s power sector?

    Yesterday saw the end of the consultation on the new levels of support for different renewable electricity technologies proposed by the UK Government under the Renewables Obligation scheme.

  • Why is Europe’s discussion on access to information so important?

    Access to information is a human right. It is also a great lever for the implementation of other rights and underlies any other activities civil society aspire to conduct.

  • A crucial time for energy efficiency in Europe

    A few weeks from now, the European Parliament’s Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will vote on the Commission’s proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

  • EU bodies fail to disseminate information through public registers

  • European Parliament vote on access to documents

  • Spain evades laws to protect urban waste water

  • Spain escapes sanctions for the construction of oil refinery

  • European agency releases documents requested about pesticide guidance

  • Cases T-120/10 and T-449/10 ClientEarth and Others v. Commission, Orders of the General Court of 9 November 2011

  • Access to justice under the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Aarhus Convention

  • Why are strong procedural rights crucial to securing community rights to the land?

    ClientEarth met with two Fang communities in the north of Gabon to study the land tenure regime in the Woleu-Ntem province’s rural areas. What is striking is that so few people have so far secured legal ownership over their lands. Why?

  • 48,000… 49,000… 50,000…

    The success of the Fish Fight campaign so far has been incredible. 12 months ago the idea that we may get a discard ban in the European Commission’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) proposal was distant hope.

  • A closer look at our work with local communities in Gabon

    ClientEarth is engaged in working with forest communities and civil society in Africa to offer legal and strategic support to secure communities’ rights and promote fair and sustainable management of forests and land.

  • The role of bioenergy in meeting UK carbon budgets and targets

    Yesterday (7 December) the Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body to the UK Government, published a report stating that burning biomass could result in emissions “significantly higher than alternative forms of low-carbon power generation”.

  • Nanotechnology – a threat to our health and the environment?

    The smallest car in the world is one billionth of a metre. 60,000 times smaller than the thickness of a hair. And is self-propelled. Instead of carrying people or freight, it could transport molecules and atoms and be used to reconstruct damaged cells.

  • Where now for the Green Investment Bank?

    Yesterday’s article in the Guardian revealed fresh grounds for concern that the government may fail to deliver a real bank with powers to borrow from the capital markets.

  • Missing ingredients in REDD+: a brief overview of proposed REDD+ text for adoption by COP17

    Last year in Cancun, the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on a set of 7 social and environmental safeguards to ensure that REDD+ activities do not adversely affect human rights and biodiversity and promote multiple benefits.

  • COP17 – a few reports you might have missed

    COP17 is undoubtedly a ‘big deal’, with major publications covering up to date news coverage, the factual breakdown of the talks in Durban is easily accessible.

  • EFSA provides long awaited access to internal draft documents

  • REDD+ Safeguards Sticking Points: The Top Negotiation Issues in COP17

    Recommendations for ensuring that the design of the Safeguards Information System (SIS) is transparent, participatory and accurate.

  • Appetite for sustainability – Can we trust our seafood purchases?

    Two very different fishy stories in the news this week. Firstly, from the USA, further evidence that mis-labelling of fish is still rife, with 48% of fish DNA tested as part of an investigation by the Boston Globe labelled as a different species.