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  • Car engine

    New Bosch technology “might be too late to save diesel”

    Claims from Bosch that a new technology could slash polluting NOx emissions from diesel vehicles have been treated sceptically by environmental lawyers.

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    European Commission once again delays taking action to fight for clean air

    According to news reports out today, the European Commission will further postpone taking legal action against nine EU countries for their prolonged failure to address illegal pollution.

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    Commonwealth company directors must take action on climate risk: new legal reports

    As Commonwealth leaders assemble in London, under distinct pressure to act on climate, lawyers point to existing law that commits directors to manage climate risk.

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    Report: Landmark ruling suggests investor-state dispute settlement illegal in all EU-investment deals

    A report published today by ClientEarth and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could render investment agreements between the European Union (EU) or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.

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    Final judgment of the EU Court of Justice: logging in Bialowieza Forest breaks EU law

    The EU’s top court ruled today that increased logging in Bialowieza Forest violates EU law. The ruling comes into force immediately.

  • Access to Justice update from ClientEarth and Justice & Environment – March 2018

    EDITORIAL : Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.

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    British public overwhelmingly support greater fisheries protections after Brexit

    More than three out of four people across the UK support a new law to ensure fish stocks are protected from overfishing after Britain leaves the EU, according to a new study.

  • Slovak Regional Court ignores CJEU case law to deny access to justice

    Via Iuris is going to challenge regional Court’s decision denying citizens legal standing to challenge construction works close to protected areas.

  • CJEU decision on justice costs could threaten access to justice

    The CJEU recently adopted a disappointing interpretation of the rule that judicial procedures should not be prohibitively expensive in Article 11(4) EIA Directive.

  • CJEU rules against the Commission: the health impacts of GMOs can be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation

    In a ground-breaking judgement, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that the health impacts of GMOs could be challenged under the Aarhus Regulation.

  • Clouds

    The importance of having access to justice to protect the environment and our health

    Two recent decisions from national courts in air quality matters in the UK and Germany provide a bright example of why having access to justice is crucial.

  • ClientEarth gathers legal experts in France to identify priorities on access to justice

    On 3April 2018 ClientEarth held a workshop in Paris on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • Important judgments for clean air in Germany

    Two landmark judgments of the German Federal Administrative Court regarding bans of diesel vehicles in specific areas of cities are a significant step in German environmental protection.

  • Winding road, Confrides, Spain

    Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist

    Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.

  • ClientEarth and EEB call on EU Environment ministers to improve access to justice for the public at EU level

    In an open letter sent on April 10 to EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria, ClientEarth and the EEB call on the EU to comply with the Aarhus Convention, the UN’s flagship treaty on environmental democracy.

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    Rio Tinto investors urged to stand up to miner over destructive climate lobbying

    Shareholders are set to protest the corporation’s membership to trade associations notorious for undermining international climate efforts.

  • Means to improve access to justice in environmental cases discussed during workshop in Poland

    On 21 March 2018, ClientEarth together with the Polish Ombudsman held a national workshop in Warsaw on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • street light and big ben against gloomy sky

    UK government spends £500,000 defending long-standing inaction on air quality

    New figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request are a reminder that action on air pollution is needed now.

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    EUTR News – March 2017 to March 2018

    This issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2017 to March 2018.

  • Shell workers on rig for story saying Shell facing climate change law suit from Friends of the Earth Netherlands

    Shell facing climate law suit from Friends of the Earth Netherlands

    Shell has been served legal notice today after Friends of the Earth Netherlands took the first step in a court case over the oil giant’s climate record.

  • bakery

    In review: A week of plastic-free grocery shopping

    This year I took part in the Plastic Free Lent campaign by doing a plastic-free grocery shop. It turned out to be quite a challenge.

  • speeding cars dusk headlights autobahn

    ClientEarth and DUH launch 11 more court cases over Germany’s dirty air

    A fresh wave of legal action brings the number of German clean air cases to 30, and may prompt authorities across the country to introduce diesel restrictions.

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    Lawyers launch fresh legal action to hold Stuttgart to diesel bans

    After Stuttgart’s “botched” attempt to appeal against diesel bans, authorities are still stalling on putting them in place.

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    UK government hides air quality strategy while other countries go public

    The UK government has refused to make public its strategy to bring down illegal levels of air pollution.