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  • Sliven, Bulgaria

    Environmental lawyers move to stop Bulgarian plant burning harmful waste

    An old electricity and heat–generating plant in Bulgaria has been granted a permit allowing it to burn harmful municipal waste.

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    “Now is the time to turn it around” – lawyers and regulators say actuaries must do their homework on climate risk

    Climate risks can pose a threat not only to individual businesses but to economic stability as a whole. Actuaries occupy a unique position in advising the financial world on how to tackle it.

  • Discussions in Brussels could lead to improved environmental democracy

    High hopes for improved public access to EU courts after talks at a meeting of the Council of the EU.

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    UK minister discourages diesel as pollution deadline looms

    Today is the deadline for the UK government to convince the European Commission it has done enough to reduce illegal levels of air pollution across the country and avoid being taken to the European Court of Justice.

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    Insurers may face legal questions if they keep propping up coal

    The argument for underwriting coal is on ever shakier ground, but many European companies are still fuelling the fire.

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    Victory for health as Czech court dismisses Prague’s inadequate Air Quality Plan

    A court in Prague has dismissed the Czech government’s Air Quality Plan for the city, ruling that it failed to bring air pollution within legal limits as soon as possible.

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    EU green light to Polish capacity market is a reminder the rules need updating

    Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.

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    Public participation as part of the EU Climate Governance Regulation could help transition to a cleaner, more efficient energy future

    The European Parliament recently voted in favour of strengthening public engagement in national discussions on energy and climate policies.

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    Climate risk: ClientEarth lawyer urges two-year deadline

    Industry and regulators should be given until 2020 to boost climate risk disclosure, or face government intervention, a senior ClientEarth lawyer told the Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) today.

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    As court case looms, Germany’s likely leaders pledge to protect diesel

    Environmental lawyers have called Germany out on its “false priorities” as air pollution remains at illegal levels.

  • women in nepal on the land in their community forest

    What can we learn from community forests in Nepal?

    In this article, Forests Law and Policy Advisor and Community Forestry Lead, Nathalie Faure, shares lessons she learned about community forestry on a recent trip to Nepal.

  • Dieselgate: “Nobody in the EU is thinking of compensating the environment”

    The Commissioner for consumer affairs of the European Commission recently announced that the Commission will publish a proposal for a directive on group actions for consumers, in order to improve access to justice. We hope it can also include provisions on access to justice in environmental matters.

  • C-664/15 Protect: CJEU rules NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings

    In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental NGOs must have access to justice in water law proceedings. This case represents a huge breakthrough for access to justice rights in environmental matters in Austria, which have to date been extremely restrictive.

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    Climate dominates economic leaders’ 2018 risk list

    Three out of the top five official risks to the global economy in 2018 stem from the changing climate. Financiers need a plan.

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    New powers to prosecute emissions cheats unconvincing

    The UK government has just announced a consultation on plans for new powers which would allow it to prosecute carmakers that cheat emissions tests – but the government has so far failed to use the powers it already has.

  • eggborough power station golden field mist

    Eggborough waves goodbye to coal, but has big gas plans in the pipeline

    Operators of failing UK coal giant have a planning application for conversion well underway.

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    Belgian court provides opportunity to set binding precedent on the right of the public to enforce air quality monitoring rules

    The Court of First Instance of Brussels issued an interim judgment in the clean air case that ClientEarth is pursuing against the Brussels Regional government.

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    London breaches air pollution limits for 2018

    London has breached air pollution limits for the whole year, just 31 days into 2018.

  • flowers sunshine

    Guidance to identify hormone-disrupting chemicals undermines environmental protection

    Analysis from ClientEarth shows that the draft guidance which will be used to identify EDCs needs to be amended.

  • Finance experts’ recommendations on climate could prove “transformational” for Europe

    Better climate reporting, clarity on investor duties and stronger oversight could pave the way for a greener finance sector.

  • Traffic lights

    EU Commission must exert pressure on countries failing to tackle harmful air pollution

    Environment ministers from nine EU countries, including the UK and Germany, were called to Brussels to explain prolonged failure to address illegal pollution.

  • German NGO refused standing to challenge passenger car type approval

    On 13 December 2017 the Administrative Court of Schleswig Holstein handed down judgment in a case on access to justice for NGOs decided under the newly amended Environmental Appeals Act 2017. Following the entry into force of the amendment in August last year, legal discussions on its scope continue.

  • blue purple sunset haze munich buildings

    Munich air pollution case: further failure may mean prison sentence for minister

    A judge has issued a unique warning to Bavaria’s environment minister. Scharf now has four months to take concrete steps to clean up Munich’s air.

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    James Thornton hosts launch of corporate climate principles

    An international panel of judges and academics has come together to clarify the expectations of businesses in addressing climate change.