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  • UK government’s plans for coal power are an ‘unlawful backward-step’

    Despite their pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’, close analysis of the UK government’s proposed design of CO2 emissions performance standards for fossil fuel generation (‘EPS’ – limits on the amount of pollutants released into the air) risks being an unlawful backward-step.

  • Lack of spatial planning policy threatens bears’ habitats

    The Warsaw University of Life Sciences organized in Cracow workshop within the project on the conservation strategy for brown bear aimed at guaranteeing the long-term survival of the brown bear population in Poland.

  • F-gases: an Essential Landmark for Europe’s Low-carbon Roadmap

    Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are not something you often hear about in climate-change discussion. Plans for Europe’s low-carbon future focus on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) – and rightly so. But what about those other climate-forcers?

  • Black carbon: the new face of an old enemy

    Research suggests that black carbon may be the next biggest contributor to global warming, after carbon dioxide (Co2).

  • Black cabs green future

    The black cab is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic images that is recognised the world over. There are currently around 21,000 black cabs in London.

  • Chefs move Europe

    It’s great to see that EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, has acknowledged the success of the Fishfight campaign.

  • Solving discards

    “…what would people think if, in farming…half the lambs that were going to slaughter were just chucked out on the side of the road so people could see them?”

  • EU can help improve seafood labels

    A speech in December by Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, contained an interesting passage focussing on consumers’ role in protecting the oceans.

  • Public Bodies Bill: Nothing to do with democracy?

    The Public Bodies Bill: using unconstitutional means to advance a political agenda which has nothing to do with democracy or cutting the deficit?

  • Gambling with our seas

    Having joined ClientEarth’s marine team in 2010, I survived earlier Christmas buildups blissfully unaware of the political goings-on in Brussels.

  • Climate change voices and choices

    Daniela Rey one of our Climate & Forest Lawyers from Chile gives her take on the opportunities for South American countries in climate negotiations.

  • Cancun: reaching the roots

    Over the past week and a half world attention has focused on Cancun where representatives from 192 countries are gathered for talks to achieve a deal on tackling climate change.

  • Ban BPA

    If there was a substance that could cause birth defects, affect brain development, promote breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes, change the gender of wild fish, increase heart disease, decrease your chance to have children and make you obese, where is the last place you would put it?

  • A ban on heavy goods vehicles in central London is long overdue

    The Guardian’s bike blog recently drew much needed attention to calls for a ban on heavy goodvehicles (HGVs) in central London.

  • Fish Fight, the CFP and our discard disgrace

    Sunday is World Fisheries Day, but in 2010 is this a day for celebration or protest?

  • Behind the scenes with Victor

    Every now again it’s good to get back to basics and to remind yourself what’s really going on with climate change. Greenpeace have recently produced this fantastically simple and human film that does just this.

  • New hope from Nagoya?

    It opened with admissions of large-scale defeat, but ended with cheering: last week’s summit on the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan appears to have restored a degree of faith in environmental diplomacy. Now comes the true test.

  • Wild lawyers

    Last week I was in Lee Valley YHA at a conference of wild lawyers. Not wildly angry lawyers. Not lawyers raised in the jungle. Not even lawyers who let loose at the weekend.

  • Right to know: Consumers and toxic chemicals

  • REACH: How Europe’s toxic chemicals law protects us

  • The answer is blowing in the wind

    If I had asked for a better visual analogy of the transition to a low carbon economy I wouldn’t have got one. Standing in a blustery field in Oxfordshire I was presented with a sight that highlighted the juxtaposition of old and new, pessimism and optimism, dirty and clean, the past and future of our energy economy.

  • Thanks for the 5000 bikes Boris, but we weren’t expecting 30,000 cars too

    If you are one of the 12,000 people who have already signed up to London’s shiny new Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme I’d recommend a crash helmet is not the only bit of safety gear you invest in. You might want to think about picking up a gas mask too.

  • Olympic hopes are in the air

    The 2012 Olympic Games will open in exactly two years’ time. London is set to put on a dazzling display, and just a couple of miles away from the Olympic stadium in Stratford, we’ll be cheering the action on from our office in Hackney.

  • Killing the Messenger: The UK Government is wrong to dissolve the Sustainable Development Commission

    Among the first strategic moves by the new UK government is to kill the Sustainable Development Commission. This is deeply misguided.