Article archive

  • A blog for World Oceans Day

    Americans are proud of our achievements and freedoms. We are also, famously, the greatest consumers on the planet. Countries across the globe are now jostling for this title, and here in Europe they are determined to give us a run for our money.

  • ClientEarth gets politicians to agree about overfishing

    On June 8, ClientEarth collaborated with GLOBE International, the Zoological Society of London and Synchronicity Earth to organise the GLOBE World Oceans Day Forum: Reforming Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy at Selfridges in London.

  • The day they shouted “Save the Fish!”

    On 24th May, ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London launched a project to help young people forge a contract with world leaders to protect the planet and its oceans for future generations.

  • Brazil approves bill to amend Forest Code

    Brazil’s lower house approval of a bill that will amend the Forest Code is extremely disappointing.

  • Justice between generations and a plan to save the planet

    Tuesday 24 May brought together ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London in an unlikely setting – Selfridge’s UltraLounge.

  • Deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon will continue to rise if legislation and policies persist on promoting it

    Recent reports indicate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is not slowing down. In fact, it has jumped almost sixfold in the March-April period of this year, according to satellite images taken by the National Institute of Space Research.

  • Fish Fight in the House of Commons – thank you

    This blog is actually a great big thank you to everyone who used our toolkit and wrote to their MPs asking for the Fish Fight Early Day Motion to be debated in Parliament.

  • The future of fish still looks uncertain…

    The European Commission is due to publish its proposal for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in July. However, recent press reports indicate that details of the Commission’s proposal are already being leaked to the media.

  • Striking a blow for environmental justice in Europe

    In America, we think the grass is always greener. We assume that Europe is more civilized and sophisticated than we are. This turns out to be entirely wrong when it comes to access to justice for citizens, in which the United States is a model.

  • On the menu this week: Pesticides

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in 2002 as an independent watchdog working to avoid and address food risks (and food crises) in Europe.

  • EU and Indonesia sign landmark deal to end illegal trade in timber

    On 4 May, Indonesia’s minister of forestry and EU trade commissioner signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in a bid to end the trade and importation of illegally logged timber from Indonesia’s forests.

  • The waiting game to save our fish is over

    Recently you may have heard a lot about the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and how the future of our fish is hanging in the balance based on this legislation.

  • Court costs in the dock: EU begins legal challenge to UK’s prohibitively expensive system

    On 6 April 2011, the European Commission announced that it is referring the UK to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • 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.